A flawless performance by Theodore, totally flawless... If we could have him perform like that 90% of the time... :-(
Meanwhile Ovie is definitely heating up, playing fancy, toe dragging, all these are good signs that Ovie is getting in shape. He got 1 goal, 1 assist, +2, highest in the team, 22:03 of total ice time. And look, average shift was under a minute, 00:57, perfect! 5 shots on goal, only one hit registered. And he could've smoked Colin White, but he decided not too, let him be alive... :-)
NJ was a better team, they had more chances, but Theodore was awesome. If NJ will win tomorrow, I won't be surprised.
Semin? Hopefully nothing serious, I didn't even notice when he was injured.
Post game interview with Bruce Boudreau:
Bruce Boudreau: It was a real hard fought game and out goaltender made some great saves to preserve the game.
Q.: What happened to Alex Semin?
BB: I don't know...(smiling) He'll be fine tomorrow.
Q.: Did you hear about Barry Melrose?
BB.: Yeah. Barry is good friend of mine, he is really good coach, I am shocked...
More on Nylander rumors:
- The Arlington Heights Daily Herald Times notes that the Blackhawks have been rumoured to be talking to the Capitals about a deal for C Michael Nylander, though Hawks GM Dale Tallon will only allow that he is talking to teams about acquiring a top-six forward.
The Arlington Heights Daily Herald Times:
Maybe this means nothing, but it is interesting to see that Capitals center Michael Nylander is a healthy scratch for Friday's game against New Jersey, according to the Washington Post.
Nylander's name has been linked in trade rumors with the Hawks dating back to training camp, and they have grown louder this week.
Nylander has just 1 assist in the last seven games and has played soft. Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters Friday morning that Nylander was being rested, which seems strange considering center Sergei Fedorov also is out of the lineup with an ankle injury.
Nylander is signed through 2011 and has a no-trade clause, although he might be willing to waive it in order to return to Chicago. Nylander loved playing and living here and kept his house long after leaving the Hawks.
I'm not sure Nylander is the kind of center Dale is looking for, particularly because of his age. I'm sure Tallon would love to add someone younger, although Nylander has the kind of skill the GM is seeking to play with Marty Havlat.
Kozlov got his 500 career point. A gentle giant, like Joe Beninati said, looks scary with M-16 here :-)
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