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Sunday's Fantasy Hockey News

A fantasized look at all the NHL action from Saturday.

With help (and hugs) from Dan Girardi, Henrik Lundqvist earned his 50th career NHL shutout.
With help (and hugs) from Dan Girardi, Henrik Lundqvist earned his 50th career NHL shutout.

Jamie Benn (Dallas): scored a goal on six shots in the Stars' winning effort, while Jordie Benn notched two assists, three shots, five blocked shots, two PIMs, and three hits.

Rene Bourque (Montreal): After being scratched for five straight games, Bourque scored a goal and an assist on six shots, while Brian Gionta did the same on three shots. Tomas Plekanic reminded me that he is not totally useless, later scoring the game-winner for Montreal.

Charlie Coyle (Minnesota): Only 15 seconds into the third period, just as he seemed to gain a breakaway, Coyle was tripped by Johan Franzen. He scored on the first penalty shot of his career, a sweet deke to the right that made Jimmy Howard his bitch and tied the game at two.

Curtis Glencross (Calgary): dialed up a hat trick on five shots on goal in Calgary's 8-1 humiliation over Edmonton. Teammate Matt Stajan added three helpers and scored on a penalty shot.

Jarome Iginla (Boston): scored two goals on the night - one when Zdeno Chara's shot deflected off of his hip and later on an empty-netter, his 28th of the season. Shawn Thornton had the go-ahead goal with 3:18 left in regulation for the Bruins' 12th straight win and NHL-leading 103rd point.

Kari Lehtonen (Dallas): was not mindblowingly horrific, a nice change since returning from injury on March 11th. In fact, other than a quick goal by Erik Karlsson less than four minutes into the game, he was stellar with 26 saves and .963 SV%.

Trevor Lewis (Los Angeles): had the effective game-winner in the Kings' 4-0 blowout on Saturday, scoring 11 minutes into the first-period. He also assisted on Mike Richards' goal and added four shots on goal and four hits. Alec Martinez and Dustin Brown also scored for Los Angeles.

Henrik Lundqvist (New York): was brilliant last night, making 21 saves on the way to his fifth shutout of the season and 50th of his career, the second Rangers' record he has broken this week; the goaltender also passed Mike Richter for most career wins with 302. Over the past 23 games, Lundqvist has held opponents to two goals or less on 16 occasions, helping his team and fantasy owners alike.

Roberto Luongo (Florida): allowed three goals on the Kings' first 13 shots, four goals total, and had a woeful .862 SV% for the Panthers.

Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh): filled up the scoring sheet with two goals and two assists on five shots versus Tampa Bay. On the power play and only 1:27 into overtime, he set-up James Neal for the game-winner, a hard slapshot to the upper-right corner. Sidney Crosby also added a power-play goal in the second period and two assists.

Rick Nash (New York): finally calmed down after beating the crap out of his former Columbus teammates on Friday. He scored the game-winning goal against the Devils, his eighth of the season. After a New Jersey turnover in the second period, Derek Stepan attempted a cross-ice pass to Chris Kreider, but the rookie fell near the crease; the puck drifted over to Nash by the left boards and he drilled a shot that seemed to surprise Martin Brodeur, who was otherwise excellent in the losing effort. Stepan later added an empty-net power-play insurance goal with 8 seconds left in regulation.

Gustav Nyquist (Detroit): won the game again for the Red Wings on Saturday. He has scored five goals in the past four games and 16 goals since January 20th, the most in the entire NHL. He has an impressive 38 points in 45 games this season. Brendan Smith and David Legwand scored power-play goals for Detroit.

Jaden Schwartz (St. Louis): nailed a short-handed wrist shot under Steve Mason's glove only 6:23 into the game on an assist from Kevin Shattenkirk. He had seven shots on goal in total. The Blues need only one point to secure a playoff spot, but have failed in their last two games to seal the deal.

Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay): tallied a goal, an assist, a +1 rating, three shots, two blocked shots, and two hits on Saturday, but the Lightning could not hold on in overtime. Ondrej Palat gave them a chance, however, tying the game with only 1:22 left in regulation. I traded for Stamkos immediately after he was injured and then anticipated his return for an eternity and a half, but sweet lord haysus, he was totally worth the wait. In nine games, he has six goals, three assists, four PIMs, 29 shots, and eight hits. I am done gushing. You can go back to your lives now.

Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia): had a goal, an assist, a +1 rating, four shots, four penalty minutes, two hits and a takeaway in Philly's win. Teammates Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds each had a goal and an assist, too. Simmonds could not be interviewed because he is too hot to approach at the moment; in the past five games, he has five goals, three assists, a +4 rating, 11 PIMs, 14 shots, and nine hits.

Cam Ward (Carolina): Although he has been surpassed by Anton Khudobin on the depth chart, Ward gave all of his haters the middle finger on Saturday, propelling Carolina to a 3-2 victory and making several stellar saves in the process. He stole two potential goals from Bryan Little in the first period, knocking one shot out of mid-air with his stick as it was about to sail into a wide-open net. He made 34 stops on the night, getting offensive help from Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, and Riley Nash, who all scored within a three-minute span in the second period.