Fantasy Recap: Apr. 7
By CHRIS NICHOLS -- SLAM! Sports
Boston 3 Montreal 0 (Boston leads series 1-0)
Washington imports Sergei Gonchar and Michael Nylander paid instant dividends for Boston. Gonchar scored a power play goal early in the first and drew an assist when Michael Nylander tipped Gonchar's shot. Strangely enough, Gonchar only scored two power play goals in 15 regular season games with the Bruins... Nylander finished with two points as well, after closing out the regular season on a three-game assist streak.
Nick Boynton saw some power play time with Gonchar on the first unit, although Boynton got no points... Joe Thornton did play and was between usual linemates Glen Murray and Mike Knuble (Goal)... Sergei Samsonov (Power play assist), skated with Nylander and Patrice Bergeron on what could be a deadly second line for the Bruins... Andrew Raycroft was stellar in picking up a win in his playoff debut, stopping 31 shots.
Alex Kovalev had no shots and was minus one, which cannot continue if Montreal is going to win this series... Kovy saw time with Dowd and Perreault, while Ribeiro centered Ryder and Dagenais... Koivu was between Bulis and Zednik... Sheldon Souray had eight shots on net and should still be a strong play if you think Montreal will win this series.
Detroit 3 Nashville 1 (Detroit leads series 1-0)
The grinding line of Hartnell/ Johnson and Hall opened the scoring only seconds into the game... Steve Sullivan could have had several goals Wednesday, including a missed penalty shot in the first period (He is 0-4 lifetime on the penalty shot)...He had three assists in 7GP this season against Detroit, although six of those games were when he was with Chicago and he registered an assist in his only Nashville game vs. the Wings on March 14th... Walker and Johansson skated with Sully and will find the score sheet sooner rather than later... Marek Zidlicky left early in the first period with an undisclosed injury.
If you didn't see Robert Lang's goal, you owe it to yourself to catch the highlights of the game. Lang finished with two points... Tomas Holmstrom came through with a clutch goal for the Wings, which is what the playoffs are all about (Kris Draper also scored and grinder Kirk Maltby came up with a pair of assists)... Brett Hull topped all Detroit skaters with four shots, but came up empty on the score sheet. With Hull having 185 career playoff points, you know it's only a matter of time before he finds the twine... Hull skated with Datsyuk and Thomas, while Lang centered Shanny and Holmstrom... Captain Stevie Y was between Whitney and Zetterberg on the third line...
Colorado 3 Dallas 1 (Colorado leads series 1-0)
David Aebischer's shutout bid was ruined late in the third period, but he looked strong and confident throughout the game...In fact, after Dallas scored its only goal, Colorado fans chanted "Abby, Abby" to show their support... Peter Forsberg (Opening goal six minutes in) was dominating in many parts of this game; scoring a goal, throwing big hits and being at his chippiest... To absolutely no one's surprise, Joe Sakic came up with a key goal in the third period and he now has 158 points in 143 career playoff games... John-Michael Liles drew an assist on Alex Tanguay's (Yep, he's back) goal and continues to shine back on that Colorado blueline, making him a nice sleeper in your pool (Told ya so)... Bob Boughner had a couple of assists, but he's a tough defenseman - not a scoring machine... Want a total wildcard, last pick of the draft kind of sleeper? Marek Svatos drew his first playoff assist (On Forsberg's goal) and has shown some big-time talent. If he sticks on a scoring line, he could be the steal of the draft if Colorado goes deep.
Dallas dropped the first game of its series for the fourth straight time... both teams went O-fer on the power play... Mike Modano logged almost 24 minutes of ice time and had four shots, but nothing got by Aebischer... Sergei Zubov logged 29 minutes of ice time (Modano was next highest) and managed to finish +1 on the night, which is pretty good in a 3-1 loss. Zubov has 99 career playoff points and you have to think he'll find a way to get this struggling Dallas power play going.
Vancouver 5 Calgary 3 (Vancouver leads series 1-0)
Matt Cooke drew the plum assignment of skating with Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison, with his physical presence designed to off-set the loss of Todd Bertuzzi... Markus Naslund was in on three Vancouver goals and had a strong, strong game... Brendan Morrison looked very good in this game with a three-point effort and his goal against Kipper on the power play showed his great skill... Geoff Sanderson skated with the Sedins and each twin had a point... Scoring from the blueline was key in this game, with Jovocop (2A), Sami Salo (1G) and Ohlund (1G, 1A) chipping in points.
The Flames had a two-man advantage late in the third period trailing by two goals and could not even come close to scoring... The man assigned to check Jarome Iginla (Ohlund) had more points (2-0) than the man he was guarding... The Flames got two goals from unlikely sources in Oliwa and Simon... Nieminen had three minor penalties... Jordan Leopold had a pair of assists and that's the reason I told you to grab him if you think Calgary is going to advance to Round Two.
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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