Daniel Alfredsson has been tabbed as a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.
The award is presented to "the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season." He is up for the honor along with Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Los Angeles' Dustin Brown. Alfredsson is the league's longest-serving active captain and he's involved in several charities, including the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa which he has supported for the past 10 seasons.
Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves in Sweden's 5-1 win over Switzerland in Sunday's gold-medal game of the IIHF World Championship.
The Swedes become the first team to win the title on home ice since the Soviet Union in 1986 and Enroth captured the Best Goalkeeper in the tournament honor for his efforts. His play under pressure should be a positive sign for the Sabres, who may trade starter Ryan Miller in the off-season.
Alex Hemsky will likely be dealt in the off-season according to The Edmonton Journal.
The injury-prone forward is quite the scorer when healthy but he has been anything but the last four seasons as he has missed 118 games in that span. "I don't think there's a market for him . . .I shouldn't say there's no market," said former NHL GM Craig Button, who now works for TSN. "But the salary cap is coming down to $64.3 million. He makes $5 million for one more year. Would the Oilers pick up half of that to trade him, 50-50 (with another team)? That would still free up $2.5 million in cap space for the Oilers. I don't know if they can get something tangible in return for Hemsky. Andrew Cogliano got the Oilers a second-round draft (pick). I don't know if they can get that for Hemsky." Hemsky has struggled the last two seasons with 20 points in 38 games this season and 36 points in 69 games in 2011-12 but was a point-a-game player, or close to it, before that.
Rick Nash finally broke through and scored his first playoff goal in the 2013 playoffs, but it wasn't enough as the New York Rangers lost to the Boston Bruins 5-2 in Game 2 on Sunday.
He now has a single tally on 32 shots in this postseason, giving him a 3.1 shooting percentage. He had 21 goals in 44 games during the regular season. Ryan Callahan scored a beauty for New York's other tally today.
Henrik Lundqvist had some great moments in Game 2 against the Boston Bruins, but the 5-2 score will prompt many to blame him for the New York Rangers' 5-2 loss on Sunday.
He seemed to tweak his arm during the game. While he didn't miss any time, it's something to survey in the time between now and Game 3. Newsday's Arthur Staple reports that Lundqvist hasn't allowed five goals in a single postseason game since 2009.
The Boston Bruins' offensive outburst overshadows the fact that Tuukka Rask had another great performance in a 5-2 win against the New York Rangers in Game 2 on Sunday.
Rask has now won three games in a row. Rask now has nearly the same save percentage (.928) as he did during his excellent regular season (.929). It's getting tougher and tougher to deny that Rask is one of the better options among goalies, even if he isn't as flashy as Tim Thomas.
Jaromir Jagr remains snakebitten as he was unable to score a goal against the New York Rangers even as the Boston Bruins won 5-2 in Game 2.
Jagr hasn't scored a point in this series after having four assists in the Bruins' seven-game series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Patrice Bergeron set him up for a great chance late in the third, but Henrik Lundqvist (or the post) prolonged his frustrations.