The Daily Phil Esposito - Weekend Playoff Edition (4/18/11)


There were plenty of great games to watch over the last four days and it seems like former Blackhawks played a role in each and every one of them.

On Thursday there were nine former ‘Hawks to take the ice. The eight skaters came up pointless, but the goalie, Mr. Niemi picked up another playoff win giving him seventeen in his career.

Friday saw just three former featherheads to take the ice, and they were able to muster up one goal after a terrible misplay by the opposing goalie.

There were thirteen ex-‘Hawks to take the ice on Saturday. The goalies spilt decisions, while the eleven skaters scored a total of one goal and four assists for five points.

In yesterday’s action there were two former Blackhawks who took the ice scoring one point on an assist.

The three stars of the weekend are:

1st Star – Radim Vrbata: one goal and an assist
2nd Star – Craig Adams: one goal
3rd Star – James Wisniewski: one assist, plus two

Click the jump for updates from the last four day’s games




Shawn Thornton – Boston
5:10 TOI, one shot, 1 of 1 on face-offs

Travis Moen – Montreal
15:45 TOI, one shot

Brent Sopel – Montreal
14:02 TOI, one shot

James Wisniewski – Montreal
22:21 TOI, plus two, one shot

Kris Versteeg – Philadelphia
15:06 TOI, 2 PIM, one shot

Michael Handzus – Los Angeles
22:47 TOI, minus two, one shot, 14 of 26 on face-offs

Ben Eager – San Jose
6:26 TOI, 5 PIM

Antti Niemi – San Jose
Win (1), 33 saves on 35 shots, .943 SV%


Scott Nichol – San Jose
7:19 TOI, one shot




Bryan McCabe – New York Rangers
19:11 TOI, minus one

Craig Adams – Pittsburgh
13:59 TOI, one goal (1), plus one, two shots, 3 of 5 on face-offs

Steve Sullivan – Nashville
9:30 TOI, minus one, one shot




Shawn Thornton – Boston
9:40 TOI, one shot

Travis Moen – Montreal
19:53 TOI, plus one, three shots, 1 of 1 on face-offs

Brent Sopel – Montreal
14:03 TOI, minus one

James Wisniewski – Montreal
17:14 TOI, one assist (1), 7 PIM, one shot
Great steal by Wis, gets a low shot on Thomas who gives up the fat rebound for Cammalleri just 43 seconds into the game.

Brian Boucher – Philadelphia
Win (1), 20 saves on 21 shots, .952 SV%
Came in relief of Bobrovsky who gave up three goals on seven shots in the first thirteen minutes of the game. Boucher did a nice job coming in down by one, to come back and win only giving up one goal.

Kris Versteeg – Philadelphia
13:10 TOI, one assist (1), plus two, three shots

Dan Cleary – Detroit
18:54 TOI, 4 PIM, one shot, 2 of 2 on face-offs

Michael Handzus – Los Angeles
20:48 TOI, one assist (1), one shot, 13 of 30 on face-offs

Adrian Aucoin – Phoenix
19:57 TOI, minus two, one shot

Radim Vrbata – Phoenix
28:49 TOI, one goal (2), one assist (1), two shots

Ben Eager – San Jose
7:19 TOI, 2 PIM, two shots

Antti Niemi – San Jose
Loss (1), 19 saves on 23 shots, .826 SV%


Scott Nichol – San Jose
10:46 TOI, 6 of 11 on face-offs




Bryan McCabe – New York Rangers
17:50 TOI, one assist (1), the shots

Steve Sullivan – Nashville
7:04 TOI

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