Bruins edge the Canes in OT, 3-2 in yesterday's afternoon matinee game. Zdeno Chara scored his fourth goal of the year on the PP, with the assists coming from Milan Lucic and Torey Krug.
David Krejci was the OT hero, scoring the goal with the assists coming from Iginla and Boychuk. Cam Ward was solid the whole game, seeing as how Boston did nothing but control the tempo of the game. Go figure, right? Ward came up short, but managed respectable numbers, stopping 35 of 38 shots faced.
Andrej Sekera continues to produce and be in my opinion, the top blue liner for the Hurricanes. He tallied a PPG, with the assists coming from Skinner and Eric Staal. I chose to highlight Skinner, because he's my boy and I draft him every year. You don't like that, big whoop, sue me.
Unreal patience by Krejci, most players would have let it rip the moment it came to them. Crafty SOB.
Josh Harding was expected to start this game, but was a late minute scratch when he suffered a LBI during warm-ups, after stepping on a puck. I don't even need to comment on how, unlucky and shitty that is. That forced Nicklas Backstrom to come in and get the start, after being activated off IR earlier that day. He took an elbow to the head from Kadri a few back, and suffered a concussion. Remember? (See what I did there?)
Backstrom was a wall in net, and it was good to see him have a great game due to his past injury and lack of play. He helped get the 3-2 shootout win, stopping 37 of 39 shots. Michael Frolik is having great success with Winnipeg this year. He tallied a goal and assist during yesterdays game, and I think he deserves credit where credit is due. Matt Halischuk had the same as his teammate.
Zach Parise scored a SHG late in the game, to help tie it and send this one into a shootout. Nino Niederreiter also had a goal, and if you haven't picked him up, you need to. I highlighted him in my previous fantasy article, "Bacon Bite's," as a player who has had great success, despite logging top minutes.
WASHINGTON vs. TORONTO:
Leaf's hold on for a 2-1 shootout winner, with the help of goalie James Reimer. Reimer has played superb and did so last night, stopping a whopping 49 shots! I know Bernier has played just as well, but I don't see how Reimer isn't the starting goalie yet? The guy carried them to a playoff birth last year, and has ridiculous numbers this season so far. I don't know what else he has to do.
David Clarkson finally scored his second goal of the year last night, it was on the PP, with the assists coming from Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri. Alex Ovechkin just can't be stopped. The guy scores every freaking game it seems like, except for two that come to mind, but still just unreal play from him this year. He scored his league leading 20th goal, with the assist from Mike Green.
Canadien's route the Penguin's, 3-2 in a very exciting game. I actually don't know if it was, but I imagine it was. Max Pacioretty is back and proving he's a top fantasy asset. He scored a pair of goals last night, after coming off a game where he managed a natural hat trick. Tomas Plekanec tallying his seventh goal of the year during that, but was overshadowed by Max's two.
Speaking of bunches, how about James "I SHAKE THE RUST OFF REAL GOOD" Neal, tallying another 2 goals on the night. Both his goals were assisted from Malkin, including this beauty of a goal. I'm just like everyone else, I hate the Penguin's, but I can't deny talent. Crosby and Malkin are just unreal athlete's to this game.
Flyers improve to 7-2-2 over last 11 games, with a 5-2 win over the N.Y. Islanders last night. Claude Giroux is slowly gaining momentum after scoring his third goal of the year last night, and managed an apple during the contest. Jakub Voracek decided he didn't want to get made fun of anymore, tallying 2 assists to help contribute, and Wayne Simmonds managed the same as Giroux.
Matt Read kicked things off for his team scoring the first goal, and potted the empty netter to seal the deal. Steve Mason was in net again, and his play this year I think has been overlooked. He was a tank, stopping 36 of 38 shots and to me, I think has locked up the starting job. Sorry Emery, you're good for bullying everyone for their lunch money and the occasional spot start, better luck never.
RANGERS vs. NASHVILLE:
Cam Talbot recorded his second consecutive SO, stopping a whole 17 shots. He probably saw that in warm-ups and wasn't even sweating. Had to get a good squirt from the juicer before his post-game interview to make him look like he worked for it. Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh scored the lone goals, both their fifth on the year, and Zuccarello picked up 2 apples. That was about it. What else do you want from me? It was Nashville for christ sakes?
ANAHEIM vs. PHOENIX:
Ducks handed the Coyotes their first regulation loss at home, with a score of 4-2 in which Mike Smith was chased during the game. The Duck's now remain the only undefeated team at home. Dustin Penner was sitting on Brandon Miller's bench and managed to have a big game, notching 2 goals during the contest. HA.
Corey Perry scored a goal with the assist coming from line-mate, Ryan Getzlaf. Just after I said Mike Ribeiro was a buzzkill this season, he goes out and scored his seventh goal of the year during the game. Thanks a lot Mike. Shane Doan people. If he's available in your league, get him while you can. He tallied a goal and assist and now has 16 points his last 13 games. Ride the streak and never look back. Jonas Hiller was a wall, stopping 42 of 44 shots faced, helping his team earn 2 points in the standings.
COLORADO vs. LOS ANGELES:
It was a goalie's duel at the Staple's Center last night, but the Av's hot play continues to edge the Kings 1-0 in OT. Seymon Varlamov has sealed the starting job for Russia during the Olympics, and if he hasn't they would be fools not to consider it. With last night's 19 save SO, he improved his record to 12-5-0 with impeccable numbers.
Even though Ben Scrivens came up short handed in the loss, he played stellar and didn't get much help from his team when it came to offense. He stopped 32 of 33 shots. The lone goal came from Jamie McGinn with the assists from John Mitchell, and Jan Hejda.