Tobias Rieder has taken the OHL Playoffs by storm.
He leads the league in goals and ranks third in assists behind teammates Michael Catenacci and Ryan Murphy. His thirteen goals have him in front of second place Tyler Toffoli by three. Rieder has six even strength goals, five power play goals and three short-handed goals, including a pair just 39 seconds apart Sunday night. Rieder's run may be coming to an end, however, as his Kitchener are down 0-2 to London despite Rieder's efforts.
One of the oldest adages in hockey is you can't score from the penalty box.
During the 2011-12 season, three players took that mantra particularly to heart. Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell, Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle and New York Islanders left wing Matt Moulson had outstanding seasons offensively while managing to stay far away from the penalty box. For that reason, those players have been named the finalists for this year's Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.
The award is given each year "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." The winner is selected by a vote of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, and will be announced at the 2012 NHL Awards Show, June 20 at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.
Nail Yakupov wants to play in Canada
— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) April 23, 2012
Other than actually saying "I do not want to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets", I'm not sure how Yakupov could be more obvious about his feelings towards Columbus. And Scott Howson is still gainfully employed.
A relatively (emphasis: RELATIVELY) strong close to the series improved Fleury's Sv% to fifth-worst in playoff history: hkref.com/tiny/8Tw5O— Eric T. (@BSH_EricT) April 23, 2012
Trivia Question Time:
37 goalies have played 25 or more games in each of the last two seasons. Of those 37 goalies, where does Devan Dubnyk rank in even strength save percentage? Where does Nikolai Khabibulin rank in even strength save percentage? No cheating!