Interesting to see Sidney Crosby wearing a headset last night up in the management box for the Penguins – apparently he was in close communication with Tony Granato, who runs the offense and forwards.
Dallas prospect Perttu Lindgren recently completed a fantastic season in the SM-liiga. He recorded 66 points in 56 games. Does he come back over to North America for 2011-12? He’s an NHL quality player. Any DobberHockey readers from Finland care to weigh in?
Roberto Luongo has allowed six total goals in his last seven starts. He had the shutout last night (second of his playoff career).
Chicago’s stars looked great – Sharp/Kane/Toews were either robbed by Luongo or the post on a number of chances. However, the depth players didn’t accomplish much.
Michal Frolik was pretty bad, Victor Stalberg isn’t a top nine player, and Troy Brouwer is playing with a bum shoulder.
Corey Crawford settled in nicely after a shaky start – he still spat out a number of bad rebounds, but he did all he could to hold the Hawks in the game. He isn’t a world beater but he plays well within his means. Unless he completely fizzles out this postseason, would Chicago bother to change things for next season?
Michal Neuvirth got the start for Washington and had a very solid game, stopping 24 of 25 shots.
Between the OHL and AHL, Neuvirth is 14-0 in playoff series.
Ryan McDonagh saw over 27 minutes of ice time – there was a full OT period, but still impressive for a rookie.
Martin St. Louis – slashed in the face last night, lost two teeth, had a double root canal. Of course, he is playing Friday. Would you expect otherwise?
Dan Ellis was yanked after allowing four goals last night – he wasn't horrible, but four goals is four goals. Ray Emery replaced him. I wonder if they make the switch for game two?
Pekka Rinne was fantastic – the Preds showed why many teams didn't want to face them – offensive depth, smothering defense, and an all-world goaltender.
Detroit got goals from both Franzen and Hudler last night – they will need the two to continue to contribute as it sounds like Henrik Zetterberg won't be back any time soon.
Kyle Turris scored a goal early into the game, but he played only 11 minutes. Don't sleep on Turris – the Coyotes rushed him to the NHL when he wasn't physically ready, but he still has the skill set to be a very good NHL player.
Alexander Semin has the best shot in hockey – his OT winner last night was an absolute rocket.
Mike Green had a helper in his first taste of NHL action in over a month.
Elliotte Freidman's most recent 30 Thoughts may be his best yet – and that is saying something.
Mike Colligan, my partner in crime from the Business of Fantasy Hockey series, put out a