Toronto has claimed Jamie Lundmark off of waivers from Calgary. Fantastic move for the Leafs – Lundmark is a great offensive player, and the Leafs are pretty thin in that category up front. Look for him to play on one of the top two lines down the stretch. He is a great pick up for one-year leagues if you need a boost to your offensive categories.
Awesome to see hockey so well represented last night during the opening ceremonies! Palffy (Slovakia), Jagr (Czech Republic), Forsberg (Sweden), Peltonen (Finland) and Morozov (Russia) were all flag bearers. Norway and Belarus also had hockey players as their flag bearers, but their names are escaping me at the moment. Also a random story – I used to go to school with the snowboarder who jumped through the rings at the beginning! Small world.
Jeff Carter has 10 goals in his last 12 games. The shooting percentage was bound to rise.
Marian Gaborik played only four minutes last night before leaving. It appears his leg laceration is still bothering him.
Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and played over 20 minutes for the Rangers. He also had some choice words for Sidney Crosby, calling him out for whining after the game.
Olli Jokinen had two points last night, including the OT winner. He now has five points in five games with the Rangers, and it seeing a lot of ice time under John Tortorella.
Chris Mason shut out the Leafs last night. He needs to play strong down the stretch to earn a contract extension, as it appears the Blues are very hesitant to re-sign him.
TJ Oshie had a fantastic game. I know the US Olympic team is already very young and they wanted to go with experience with a few players, but Drury over Oshie is baffling to me.
Niclas Bergfors scored his third goal as a Thrasher last night. He played close to five minutes on the PP. His first three games with Atlanta saw him average around 11 minutes of ice time per game. Last night he played over 18.
Christian Ehrhoff has five points in his last 10 games. It may not sound all that impressive, but with Mitchell and Bieksa out he is averaging close to 27 minutes per night, a total which a lot of penalty killing minutes.
Congrats to Matt Duchene, who becomes the first rookie to hit the 20 goal mark. He is starting to develop a reputation for being deadly around the net on the PP. Colorado often sets him up low in the slot, and he has gotten quite a few goals either with one-timers or potting rebounds. Incredibly quick hands in tight.
A very scary incident in the Ranger game last night – Michael Del Zotto took a skate blade to the mid-section and was bleeding profusely. The gash required 50 stitches and he did not return. I caught the replay and it was pretty disgusting.
Talking with DobberHockey member drury2396, who caught the BU/Maine game last night, and he was raving about the play of Kevin Shattenkirk (Avalanche prospect). I own him in a keeper league and think he will be a fantastic defenseman at the NHL level. He may have been NHL ready this season, but it was a smart move on his part to return to school for one more year. Look for him to make an immediate impact with the Avalanche next season.
Thanks to duballstar014 for some Flyers news. Ville Leino has yet to suit up with his new club. Sounds like the Montreal/Philadelphia game was a rough one. Darroll Powe was kicked out for a dirty hit on Jaroslav Spacek, and a few scrums ensued.