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Thursday's Daily Dosage - Luongo, Thomas, Erixon...

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HEADS UP:  Just the one goal last night but it was enough for Michael Hickey to open up a four point lead in the FHS Playoff Pool... can anyone catch this guy??? 

The Bruins fired 36 shots at Roberto Luongo but couldn't crack him and while I (and others) were pretty critical of him in the 1st round against Chicago, he's gone 9-3 with a 1.83 & .938 in the 12 games since.  Maybe Chicago real is his bogeyteam and once he got past them it's all smooth sailing.

Tim Thomas was excellent last night as well stopping all but the last of the 34 shots he faced.  His results have been much more volatile than Luongo's in these playoffs, especially in the last series, but it looks like he's determined to turn this into a goaltending battle, as people feared suspected.

Tyler Seguin doesn't have a point since his four-pointer in game #2 against Tampa, the kid suffers from a real lack of consistency, in both his performance and his ice-time as he saw a playoff low 6:21 last night.

Bad timing for a Brad Marchand slump as he has just one point in his last eight games.

Mark Recchi is now pointless in his last eight games... and he's also 43, in case you forget.  One might have something to do with the other.

The last we saw of Ryan Kesler in game #5 against SJ his groin was looking pretty shoddy but a full week off was just what the doctor ordered as he was flying last night and showed no ill effects. 

Christian Ehrhoff missed the final two games of the San Jose series due to a shoulder injury but the rest surely helped him as he returned last night and logged 26 minutes of ice-time.  

Dan Hamhuis left last night's game with a leg injury after administering a sweet hip-check to Lucic.

After all the rampant speculation that he was ready to return, Manny Malhotra didn't skate the past few days and he wasn't able to play last night.  The Canucks are still hopeful that he'll take part in the series at some point.

Lovin' the young goaltenders duel in the Calder Cup final between Matt Hackett and Robin Lehner... last night it was Hackett's turn to shine as he stopped 28 of 29 (Lehner was 28/30) to give Houston a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Flames couldn't get Tim Erixon signed so they had to essentially give him away to the Rangers for Roman Horak and a pair of 2nd rounders.  It sounds like Erixon just didn't want to be there so the Flames hands were tied but you'd think they could have done better in a trade.  Erixon is only 20 but has three years of experience in the SEL and looks like he's ready for the NHL.  If I had to bet, I'd say he makes the Rangers out of training camp in the fall but there's a chance that he's sent to the AHL or he may return to Sweden for another year.  I don't see him as an elite scoring dman but I think he'll be a solid fantasy contributor.  Horak doesn't look like much of a prospect, a longshot at best.

I'm pretty sure we hinted at this a while back but now it's been confirmed that Evgeny Kuznetsov will not be joining the Caps next year as he has signed to play in the KHL for one more season.

A few signings that really shouldn't peak your interest too much... Phoenix signed forward Jordan Szwarz (2009 4th rounder) and goalie Louis Domingue (2010 5th rounder).  Domingue did rack up 48 wins this year (regular & playoffs) in the Q but his sv% took a step back as it was .898 during 57 regular season games.  New Jersey signed dman Brandon Burlon (2008 2nd round) after three years at Michigan where he put up a few points but nothing to get excited about.