The Daily Phil Esposito (4/1/11)


The former Blackhawks came to play last night. They scored a total of twenty three points with twelve goals and eleven assists. April fools.

Now that we got the childish games out of the way, there were actually nineteen former featherheads to take the ice last night. Two of goalies combined for two wins, a shutout and 67 saves while the other lost his league leading thirty-first game of the season (That Drunk Guy). The sixteen skaters combined for three points including two goals and one assist. Two big games for teams in the West and the outcomes both favored the Hawks. However the one game that didn’t saw the Predators defeat the Avalanche for their eighth win in their past ten games.

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Craig Anders(s)on – Ottawa
Win (22), 37 saves on 38 shots, .974 SV%

Tim Brent – Toronto
14:15 TOI, minus one, one shot, 9 of 13 on face-offs

Bryan McCabe – New York Rangers
16:59 TOI, minus two, 2 PIM, three shots

Nick Boynton – Philadelphia
7:24 TOI, 2 PIM, one shot

Kris Versteeg – Philadelphia
12:02 TOI, minus one, 2 PIM, one shot

Craig Adams – Pittsburgh
8:33 TOI, 4 of 5 on face-offs

Dustin Byfuglien – Atlanta
22:15 TOI, 2 PIM, three shots

Andrew Ladd – Atlanta
21:42 TOI, one shot

Sergei Samsonov – Florida
17:09 TOI, minus one, four shots

Sammy Pahlsson – Columbus
15:45 TOI, minus two, one shot, 8 of 14 on face-offs
Rick Nash did not play last night in this game. Tim will let you know whether or not he will be in the lineup tonight.

Nikolai Khabibulin – Edmonton
Loss (31), 18 saves on 22 shots, .818 SV%
Hard to believe this guy once won a Stanley Cup…

Jason Strudwick – Edmonton
14:17 TOI

Jim Vandermeer – Edmonton
24:06 TOI, one assist (12), minus two, 2 PIM, two shots

Martin Havlat – Minnesota
15:16 TOI, one goal (22), plus one, three shots
Now has 62 points on the season… His first goal since March 8th, which was ten games ago.

John Madden – Minnesota
15:15 TOI, one assist (12), plus one, four shots, 8 of 13 on face-offs

Adam Burish – Dallas
The Stars are winless since playing the Blackhawks two weeks ago. Also they are now 2-15 without Adam Burish this season. The two wins, yup they are against the Blackhawks.

Jason Williams – Dallas
9:36 TOI, minus one, two shots
The Stars were shutout by a scored of 6-0 last night against the Sharks. This means they stay three points behind the Hawks in the standings with six games left to play. If the ‘Hawks can win tonight it makes the deficit between the Flamers and Stars, five points.

Michael Handzus – Los Angeles
18:20 TOI, minus one, two shots, 8 of 15 on face-offs
The Kings lost to the Cancuks who wrapped up the Presidents Throphy with the win. The Kings have 94 points with 77 games played, while the ‘Hawks have 90 points with 76 games played. A win tonight moves them 2 points behind the Kings. Also Nashville won again last night giving them 94 points after playing 78 games. The “Hawks can only gain points with a win tonight. They cannot advance in the standings.

Ben Eager – San Jose
10:39 TOI, one goal (6), plus one, two shots
First goal since March 12th for Benny. Now has tied a career high in points with 16. He had sixteen last year with the ‘Hawks as well.

Antti Niemi – San Jose
Shut out Win (32), 29 saves on 29 shots, 1.000 SV%
He now has six shutouts this season. Last year he had seven as a member of the Blackhawks.

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