May 03, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-05-03

 

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Two games for Eric Grbya. Ummmmkay. Looks like Patrick Wiercioch will draw in tonight. Big fan of his game. Great puck mover.

 

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The Interactive Playoff Draft List (get it here) has been updated based on the standings as of today, plus Columbus (still in it) as well as injury notes up to the minute. Get it with the Keeper League Pack, use coupon code ULTIMATE, get $3.00 off.

 

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Crosby is BACK tonight for the Penguins.

 

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Scary scene in Montreal last night – Lars Eller was on the receiving end of a massive (clean) hit from Senator d-man Eric Grbya. There was a lot of blood and Eller lost consciousness. I don’t really want to post the video as it is kind of sickening. Hopefully he makes a full recovery as quickly as possible.

 

Craig Anderson… 48 saves on 50 shots. In regulation. This guy has been one of the top ‘tenders in the league over the past few years. What a great story – he wasn’t anything special as a prospect or in the AHL. The power of hard work and self belief.

 

Two points, plus-3, and five SOG for Erik Karlsson. Oh, and 30 minutes of ice time. The scariest part? He didn’t have a great game (by his insane standards, of course).

 

What a playoff debut game for Jakob Silfverberg – a goal and a helper, 15 minutes of ice time, and four SOG. He and Zibanejad are going to be great NHL players for a long time.

 

I thought Rene Bourque (goal, five SOG) had his best game in a long while for the Habs.

 

Brendan Gallagher also scored, and he led Montreal with eight SOG. His gritty style of play is made for the postseason. 

 

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The Blues/Kings series is going to go down as the best of the first round by the time it is done. The Kings had a major pushback last night – the pace of the game was incredible.

 

Brian Elliott was very good, stopping all but one of the 29 shots fired his way.

 

Barret Jackman of all people scored a wicked wrister for the GWG. This series features two very, very similar teams. Mobile and big defenses, deep forward groups, and a lot of heavy hitters. 

 

Vlad Sobotka is one of my favourite hitters in the league – he had a helper and five hits last night, and he throws every pound he has on his frame into every single hit. Underrated offense, too. I’ve been a fan of his since his days with the Bruins., Great and versatile role forward.

 

Justin Williams didn’t find the scoresheet, but he had a game-high eight SOG. He gets forgotten about with the other big guns in LA, but he is a deadly shooter and had a great spring for Kings in 2012. 

 

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Not sure what is better… the pass, or the pass reception? 

 

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Think John Tortorella trusts Derek Stepan? Almost 24 minutes of ice time, and he took 29 total faceoffs. Brad Richards played well over 20 minutes too – the Rangers need Brian Boyle to get healthy. Although even then Tortorella would probably play the crap out of his top two centers anyway.

 

Stepan is certainly in the conversation for most underrated player in hockey. Good at everything.

 

Mike Green looked a lot like old Mike Green last night – tons of ice time, three SOG, an assist, and he was an offensive catalyst all game long.

 

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