Roberto Luongo was certifiably roughed up by the Red Wings yesterday to the tune of eight goals(!) on 28 shots for his first regulation loss of the season. Just like that his sparkling numbers slipped from 1.45 & .941 to a more pedestrian 2.11 & .916.
Damien Brunner was Luongo's chief tormenter yesterday with 2+2=4 on five shots. The Euro-vet rookie is proving to be the real deal, this was his first multi-point game but he has a point in 13 of his last 17 games and is 12th in the league with 66 shots on the season.
Two guys who really could use a few goals both found a pair last night as Corey Perry had 2+1=3 on seven shots and Jarome Iginla had his second & third of the season in the Flames comeback win. Both of them look to be rounding into form as Perry has points in four straight (4+3=7) and Iggy has a three game streak (2+2=4)... more of this please.
Francois Beauchemin with the golden sombrero of A2 last night as he had four second assists for the Ducks. This puts a cherry on top of what is turning into a sweet season for Beauchemin as he now has 1+9=10 & plus-12 over his last nine games.
Beau Bennett finished off a Crosby feed on the PP for his first ever NHL goal yesterday. He was mostly playing on L3 and only saw 11 minutes of ice-time but will likely have some additional responsibilities with Malkin out.
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen is getting serious, as he should when his team is heading down the toilet... Jose Theodore has sat the last three games, Alex Kovalev was a healthy scratch yesterday (on his birthday!) and Stephen Weiss was benched for the 3rd period of yesterday's game. Weiss is having a horrific season with just one goal & a minus-11 so far.
Kevin Poulin blew a two goal lead and ended up losing 4-2 in his first start of the season. As I mentioned the other day, he's dead last in the AHL in gaa this year so I wouldn't be expecting him to turn water into wine on Long Island... but stranger things have happened.
Evander Kane extended his point streak to seven games (4+3=7) with the GWG & six shots yesterday. He's turning in another killer fantasy season as the combination of goals, shots, hits & PIMs that he offers is pretty rare.
Another Euro rookie is coming through for the Red Wings as Joakim Andersson had two goals yesterday and has 3+2=5 over his last six games. He's more of a defensive center who can chip in a few points so I wouldn't go and get yourself too excited about this.
Jakub Kindl has been scratched a number of times this season but lately he has been producing when he does play... four assists over his last five games.
Up from the AHL: Ryan Johansen, Jacob Josefson, Jamie Oleksiak.