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Tuesday's Daily Dosage - Horton, Ryder, Bryzgalov...

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HEADS UP:  Max of four games to go and Michael Hickey still has a four point lead in the FHS Playoff Pool.  I was kinda joking before but now I'm serious... can anyone catch this guy???

Nathan Horton was knocked out on a late hit by Aaron Rome in the first period and was taken to the hospital.  I'd be surprised if we see him back any time soon... that sucks as he's been one of Boston's better players and has scored some clutch goals in the post-season. 

Tim Thomas bounced back nicely after the OT loss in game #2 with a 40 save (on 41 shots) performance and was full credit for the win regardless of the final score.

A three point night for Michael Ryder and that's his third one of those in these playoffs but as per usual his problem is remembering to show up the rest of the time as he has just 1+4=5 in the other 18 games in these playoffs.  This guy is a UFA again this summer and someone will likely give him a hefty contract (he made $4M this year) but you can't tell me that's a wise investment when he's averaged less than 20 goals and 40 points over the past four seasons.  A shrewd GM would find a comparable replacement for half the price.

Brad Marchand got himself going last night with a shortie and an assist, good to see as he came in with just one point in his previous nine games.

Two goals for Mark Recchi last night to go with the goal he scored in game #2.  He also got involved in the whole mock finger biting thing before catching himself and realizing he was being a clown.

No Tyler Seguin last night as he has gone seven games without a point and lost his spot to Shawn Thornton... he'll likely draw back in with Horton out.

Word is that the Coyotes are looking to trade Ilya Bryzgalov's rights prior to him becoming a UFA on July 1st... I think this guy is a very solid keeper and he could certainly go to a team that gives him a better chance to win every night but there are worse places for a goalie than playing behind a Dave Tippett coached team so let's see where he ends up before convincing yourself that this helps his value.

The Coyotes did get one goalie signed yesterday... Jason LaBarbera re-signed for two more years at $1.25M per season.  He's a capable backup as long as he doesn't have to play more than 20 games but he's really adding no value here and for a team that bleeds money, you'd think they could find a suitable replacement for half the price and save their owners (the NHL) half a million in the process.