Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Badgers In The Pros: Tuesday Recap

Wasn't really planning on writing this blog post but I happened to stumble onto the box scores from last nights NHL games and there were Wisconsin players all over the place so I figured it was time for a brief update at least.

Robbie Earl who has been up and down with the Minnesota Wild all season long had a goal in a 3-2 shootout loss. Earl had a nice goal on a wrist shot after Nick Schultz found him streaking through the slot with a nice pass. Earl has produced for the Wild in extremely limited playing time. He's averaging only just over 8 minutes a game for playing time yet if you take his stats over a whole season he'd almost be leading the Wild in goals scored.

Ryan Suter continued his hot play after a fantastic showing in the Olympics by netting a power play goal for Nashville last night. The big lefty from Madison fired a puck that had eyes towards the net and it found it's way to the twine. Suter has really developed his game and is becoming one of the elite blueliners in the league.

Rene Bourque is having an absolutely tremendous season up in Calgary and didn't disappoint last night. The former Badger had a goal and an assist in an upset victory for the Flames in Detroit. Bourque is the proud owner of a new contract which will pay him an average of 3.33 million dollars until the end of the 2015-16 season. Hey Rene...have you heard about our new practice facility we're trying to build?

Former Badger defenseman Brian Rafalski who also played in the Flames/Wings game also had impact, albeit on the losing side. Team USA's number 1 defenseman at the Olympics, Rafalski had two assists last night for the Wings.

Just another ho-hum performance for Brian Elliott last night. The former Hobey Hat Trick finalist stopped 18 of 19 Edmonton shots to record a 4-1 victory for the Senators. Elliott is 13-3 for the Senators over his past 17 games. Elliott had to shut down Hillary Duff's fiance Mike Comrie when he got a penalty shot in the first period. "I know Mike from being in Ottawa and he is a little trickster," Elliott said. "He got a good shot but I got it with my stick."