Fantasy Recap: Apr. 12
By CHRIS NICHOLS -- SLAM! Sports
New Jersey 4 Philadelphia 2 (Philadelphia leads series 2-1)
Philly has scored the first goal in all three games... Simon Gagne left with a head injury in the first period after banging his noggin into the boards, although he later returned... Martin Brodeur threw up a wall in the third period of this game, stopping 12 shots... The Elias, Gomez, Gionta trio has been deadly at times and scored another of their behind-the-net-quick-pass-to-the-front goals... Elias had two goals (Four points in the series); Gionta a goal and a pair of assists (Five points total); Gomez three assists (Five points total)... Tony Amonte scored his first goal of the series and second point...Jeremy Roenick had a couple of points and now has four altogether... Alex Zhamnov continues to play a strong game and picked up his fourth and fifth points of the series Monday... three of the four goals given up by Esche in this game came on the power play - Jersey had failed to score on the power play in the first two games.
Toronto 2 Ottawa 0 (Toronto leads series 2-1)
Ed Belfour made 35 saves to collect his second straight shutout and 13th career playoff goose... Marian Hossa had a whopping 10 SOG... Joe Nieuwendyk scored one of two Leafs goals (His second goal of the series) and now has 112 points in 152 playoff games... Mats Sundin's goal was his third point in three games... Jason Spezza was back in the lineup, but was buried on a line with Fisher and Neil... Spezza played 12 minutes and had no shots or points.
Tampa 3 New York Islanders 0 (Tampa leads series 2-1)
Brad Richards scored his first playoff goal (Also his first point of the series) and added two assists for good measure... Martin St. Louis (Goal, Empty net goal) finally got on the score sheet in this series... Nik Khabibulin was stellar in notching his second shutout of this series and all three games have been won by 3-0 counts... Dan Boyle's assist was his first point in three games... Alex Yashin has no points and seven shots so far... Rookie Trent Hunter, who had a great regular season, has been one of many Islanders held off the score sheet...
Dallas 4 Colorado 3 (Colorado leads series 2-1)
Steve Ott scored twice during the regular season and somehow came up with the winner in overtime Monday night... Scott Young's power play goal (His first point in the series) with two seconds left in the second period cut the Avalanche lead to one and gave the Stars new life... Mike Modano's assist was his second point in three games... Peter Forsberg added another assist and has four points total... Joe Sakic's point gives him four in the series and 161 in 145 career playoff games... Alex Tanguay has picked up right where he left off since the injury and has four points in the three games against Dallas... Bill Guerin still has no points against the Avs.
St. Louis 4 San Jose 1 (San Jose leads series 2-1)
Mike Sillinger delivered two goals in a game the Blues had to win and was then rewarded with a short-handed empty net goal to close out the game and complete the hat trick. Sillinger had nine points in the 16 games he played with St. Louis after the trade... Patrick Marleau had a hat trick in the last game... Dallas Drake had a two-point night and collected his first points against San Jose... Jonathan Cheechoo scored his first goal and first point of the series, firing three shots on net... Vincent Damphousse and Patrick Marleau were a combined -4 on the night... Lost in Evgeni Nabokov's brilliant series has been Chris Osgood allowing only five goals total in the three games.
In addition to analyzing fantasy hockey for us, Chris also writes a weekly column for ESPN's fantasy hockey section. He can also be found at Mckeenshockey.com, where his News & Notes section is featured seven days a week through the end of the playoffs.
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