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Alex Newhook (D) – Didn’t play with the puck much. His line was mostly chasing the puck. I still think he should be in the lineup right now, because he can create something high-level out of nowhere sometimes.

Andrew Cogliano (B-) – Only played 5:21. Still managed to have eight Corsi events for, three against.

Artturi Lehkonen (C) – No points and no shots on net. Still played pretty well defensively.

Bo Byram (B+) – Had a pretty nice game. Five shots on net, good puck-possession numbers. Also blocked three shots.

Cale Makar (B) – Had an assist, five shots on net and six hits. Took a tough tripping minor, though, that Jared Bednar said “stung.”

Darren Helm (D) – Lost 10-of-13 faceoffs. No points, one shot on net in his 10:35 of ice time.

Devon Toews (B) – Had an assist and pretty good puck-possession numbers.

Erik Johnson (C+) – Played fine in his own end, but play at the other end lacked much of anything. Not that he should be a scorer, but just didn’t seem involved in any kind of offensive structure.

Gabe Landeskog (C) – He had the puck a lot (25-10 Corsi) but didn’t do anything with it. No points, one shot. He overpassed at times. Won more faceoffs than he lost again, at least.

J.T. Compher (F) – Terrible game. Took two penalties, barely ever had the puck, no shots on net, no points.

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Jack Johnson (B) – Played pretty well in his own end and had a team-leading eight hits.

Josh Manson (C) – Not a good night possession-wise. He did block four shots, but he was just a little too average overall.

Logan O’Connor (D) – Just not a good night for LOC. No points, no shots, bad Corsi numbers (7-16).

Mikko Rantanen (D) – Not much of anything from Moose in Game 5. No points, one shot on net. Overpassed too much.

Nathan MacKinnon (C) – Had six shots on net, but lost 10-of-13 faceoffs, was caught running around too much on the Palat winning goal.

Nazem Kadri (C+) – After that heroic Game 4, he looked just mortal again. No points, but he did have seven shots on goal. Still not taking faceoffs, with the bad thumb.

Nico Sturm (C) – Only played 6:07, 1:29 of which on the PK. Not much to talk about offensively.

Valeri Nichushkin (A) – A goal, assist and five shots on net. He was the best forward on the ice for the Colorado Avalanche.

Darcy Kuemper (C) – Three goals on 29 shots. Got beat on a long slap shot by light-scoring Lightning D Jan Ruuta in first period. A little too scramble on Palat’s game-winner. Playoff save percentage back under the Mendoza line, at .898.

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Peter North

AD, nice job on this one and spot on not that it matters but I agree with every assessment. No man crushes for Dater. 🙂 Frankly, NAK needs to be back in and either LOC or Newy sit. And if Burky can go, then LOC or Newy. Newhook has not scored a playoff goal since last year. If Burky can go time to bench him. Even LOC has been slightly more effective, and that is not saying much. D- Ginger totally agree on the F. When a non-scoring scrub sits in the box for four minutes that is killer. The high… Read more »

Peter North

Hey AD can you throw Bednar into the mix? Still not impressed with him on a consistent basis. Nice soldier with a fashion flair, but a brain?


Dater – I really like your grades. Any thoughts or reasons why this team did not come out last night with the killer instinct to end this series?

Roger Hutton

Some of the “hotshots” felt like they could get by with minimum effort.


Kadri seemed to be the only truly engaged in the first period. But other than that I thought we played ok. The penalties and the uneven officiating really disrupted their game.

John Mauss

Compher should sit, whether Burky is back or not.


Nuke one of three Avs to take warmups without a lid. JTC and El Capitan the others. Bolts 7 players no lid. Bolts advantage


Makar lost his man, nothing to do with MacKinnon on Palat’s goal.

Peter North

And that’s where you’re wrong. McKinnon is supposed to cover the center for the opposition just like on a face off.

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