Studs & Duds - Sunday 2/3
Was that Mario Lemieux is disguise? - Did Mario Lemieux secretly come out of retirement and put on a Chris Kunitz jersey when no one was looking? I personally think it could be a possibility as the player wearing #14 for the Pittsburgh Penguins continued putting up points by firing 3 goals past the Washington Capitals Sunday night. Kunitz was a “Monster” and finished the night with 3 G, 3 Pts, 2 PPG, 1 GWG, +1, 3 SOG and 2 Hits.
Marty Brodeur with another Shut.....? – No that wasn’t Marty Broduer between the pipes when the New Jersey Devils blanked the New York Islanders, it was Manitoba Moose alumni Johan Hedberg! Hedberg, making his 2nd start of the season faced only 22 shots for the shut out but came up big when needed including a huge pad save stopping Micheal Grabner on a short-handed breakaway in the third period when the game was still scoreless.
Man, not him again! – Of course I am talking about Buffalo Sabre sniper Thomas Vanek. Vanek increased his point total to a league leading 19 points with another strong night by scoring 1G and 2A. It seems like we are talking about Vanek every night and quite frankly wish we were talking my guys on my fantasy hockey team instead.
Grabbing the number #1 goalie spot, NOT! – Braden Holtby is showing the Washington Capitals that he really doesn’t want to be a number #1 goalie after all. Holtby gave up 6 goals Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins while only faces 26 shots. Holtby fell to 1-3 on the season with a 4.52 GAA and a .862 save %. I think even I could of played better.
I thought the power only went out at the Super Bowl? – The New York Islanders had their own power struggles on Sunday has they only managed a paltry 22 shots in getting shut out by the New Jersey Devils. A big reason for being shut out is the Power Play had no power what so ever as it went 0-7 on the night.
At least he did have to pay to watch the game – New Jersey forward Krystofer Barch spent most of the game watching from the best seat in the house, the bench. Barch took 5 shifts and played only 2:54 on the night. Ilya Kovalchuk had 2 shifts that were longer than that. I heard that he finally passed the 2nd level on Angry Birds - Star Wars edition halfway through the 3rd period.