How do you follow up a a 1-0 shutout victory over Pittsburgh? Well, if your James Reimer, you post a 49-save shutout against the rival Ottawa Senators.
Reimer lost the starting job to Jonas Gustavsson in January, but he’s doing everything in his power to take it back. If anyone is as hot as Reimer right now, it’s Edmonton’s Sam Gagner, who had an unreal eight points on Thursday and already has three points through the first period of Saturday’s game. Barring something unforeseen happening, like Gustavsson starting, Reimer and Gagner will put their hot streaks to the test in Monday’s game between the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
The Sharks have been playing some of the best goaltenders in the league lately and it hasn’t slowed them down at all. What’s going to happen when they play some bad goaltenders? (CSN Bay Area)
Rookie Adam Larsson was leveled by Alexander Ovechkin on Friday night. Instead of complaining about the hit, the young defenseman simply said that he should have kept his head up. Refreshing. (The Star-Ledger)
Matthew Hulsizer continues working towards buying an NHL team. The Blues, not the Coyotes. (Post-Dispatch)
On the ice in St. Louis, the Blues are preparing for the “Tampa Bay trap!” Because it’s not like they haven’t been playing this defensive system for 13 months or anything. (Post-Dispatch)
Dave Bolland is going to be out of the lineup for a while with his foot injury. Never fear Blackhawks fans, Marcus Kruger is here? (Chicago Sun-Times)
Some nastiness in the OHL last night. It’s never a good thing when a player winds up and swings his stick (and connects) with an opponent. If Tom Kuhnhackl received 20 games for his hit on Ryan Murphy, then London’s Ryan Rupert might be suspended until 2025. (Buzzing the Net)
Here’s a mild understatement: the Battle of Ontario isn’t what it used to be. (SportsNet)
Tim Thomas pitches a shutout, and then gets to rest for a pair of games. All part of Claude Julien’s plan to keep the Conn Smythe winner fresh for the entire season. (Boston Herald)
The “feel good” story that just keeps getting better: Ray Emery is finding his place in Chicago. Not bad for a guy who came in on a professional tryout, eh? (ESPN Chicago)
Finally, watch as an 8-year old in a Rangers jersey completely blows off the New York captain at center ice. (NHL)