My frame-by-frame breakdown of the Kesler goals from Game 2 (via Canucks.com)
Montreal got back into the series with a total team effort. Oh, and some goals helped, too. I really like the Galchenyuk-Plekanec-Gallagher line. In particular, Galchenyuk and Gallagher are building some nice chemistry this season.
If you are a fan of a team that isn’t Montreal, go to HockeyDB, and check out the 2011 draft. Look at all of the players your team picked ahead of Gallagher. And now weep.
Montreal did all of this without Max Pacioretty, Brian Gionta (both hurt), and Lars Eller (obviously hurt).
It wasn’t Wiercioch who drew in for Grbya, but AHL veteran Andre Benoit.
Marc-Andre Fleury wan’t very good last night for the Penguins. The Pens were outshot, but he simply didn’t give them a chance to earn the W. 38 saves on 42 shots looks better than he played.
The Islanders, to their credit, brought it last night. Especially their top line. Moulson had two points, while Tavares had a helper and six SOG.
This last month or two is by far the best hockey of Josh Bailey’s career. A sign of things to come? Chalk me up as cautiously optimistic.
Crosby had two goals in his return. Of course he did. It’s the Islanders (not a dig against them, but he seems to thrive in return games against New York).
Malkin and Crosby combined for four points and 18 SOG. The rest of Pittsburgh’s roster combined for 15.
Chicago once again outclassed Minnesota. Parise/Koivu were a combined minus-6.
Charlie Coyle had a helper and three SOG. This experience is great for him and his short term development. Monster upside, really smart player. Reminds me of a young Arnott. Or for a more recent comparison, David Backes with more skill and slightly less grit.
Chicago depth forwards Frolik, Bickell, and Shaw combined for five points. Frolik scored the first two goals of the game (cue applause from Dobber).
Ryan Kesler turned back the clock with a vintage performance last night. He was hitting, embelishing, scoring. Basically doing everything. Too bad the rest of his team couldn’t keep up.
Let me expand on the embelishing comment. I’m not praising him for diving. He is one of the worst divers in hockey. But it is simply a sign that he is playing at the top of his game. That is what he does. Like it (few) o