I was mentioning yesterday how Sidney Crosby had gone two straight games with no points and maybe this was grounds for panic (sarcasm). Well, he made up for those games yesterday with his third 4-point effort in just 18 games this season. He had 1+3=4 and 2 PPP in 17:40 of ice time.
Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist on 7 shots last night. He has a four game point scoring streak with 3+4=7 and a crazy 21 shots.
This one's a bit of a head scratcher as Pascal Dupuis put up two apples to extend his point scoring streak to 13 games which is good for the best of the season of any NHL player. He has 9+8=17 for the streak.
Steve Sullivan got in on the fun last night, too, as he put up 1+2=3, plus-2, and 5 shots. He's put up 1+6=7 over his last six games.
We'll give the line of the night to Zach Bogosian as he had the colorful line of 3 assists, plus-2, 5 PIM, and 5 shots. He's had just four assists over his last 18 games, so this outburst must feel good for him.
Thomas Vanek scored a goal last night and that's three straight games with a goal for him directly after he had gone seven straight without one.
Michael Del Zotto made it two straight multi-point efforts with 2+1=3 last night. I hope you dressed this guy for your playoff matchup if you owned him as the 3+2=5 from a defenseman is surely a difference maker. He's put together quite a season with 10+31=41 through 73 games.
Four game point scoring streak for Marian Gaborik as he had a goal and an assist last night. He has 4+3=7 for the streak. His 39 goals is 3rd in the league and his 73 points is good for 11th in the league. But maybe the most impressive stat is that he's played in every game this season and might actually make it to 82 games played on the year, a mark that he's never hit.
Also on a four game point scoring streak (not coincidentally) is Brad Richards as he had quite a night with 1+2=3, plus-2, 2 PIM. He's at 1+6=7 for the streak.
Nikita Nikitin with a sexy line of two goals (including the GWG) and one assist on five shots last night. I hadn't realized that he had 3+6=9 over the last seven games. That's good for the best total for a defenseman over that time period.
Two goals for R.J. Umberger last night and he has 6+2=8 with 19 shots over his last five games.
Alexander Radulov got back on the scoresheet with his first multipoint effort (one goal and one assist) since he returned to the NHL. He has five points in five games since returning from the KHL.
Two assists and plus-3 for rookie standout, Gabriel Landeskog. This put him over the 50-point mark and an impressive plus-23 for the season.
FHS Favorite, Max Pacioretty went yet another game without a point last night. That made it 10 straight games without a goal. It looks like once he hit 30, he kind of turned off the jets a bit.
Pekka Rinne turned away 30 of 31 shots for the win last night. Kudos to Rinne as this was just the sixth time all season that the Red Wings have lost at home. More importantly, this was Rinne's 42nd win of the season, good for tops in the league.
Not for nothing, but something has to be done about Cory Schneider still being a backup. After beating the Stars last night, he's 19-7-1 (including three shutouts) with a .937 sv% and 2.04 gaa. I feel like there are teams out there that would kill to have this guy in their net. And at 26, they'd be getting a guy just entering his prime. If the Canucks aren't willing to make Schneider their number one, someone needs to force their hand with an offer they can't refuse.
A trio of assists and plus-2 for Henrik Sedin last night as he continues life without his twin.
The Oilers called up Magnus Paajarvi, only to be informed by the NHL that they were not allowed to do so. Apparently he could only be recalled on an emergency basis. I don't quite understand this.
Sent down: Kevin Poulin