B. Lopez (NJ): 44 minutes, 39 points (14-20 FG), 7 rebounds, 3 assists
|Lopez has been quietly having a good year in Jersey|
C. Ward (CAR): 42 saves, 0 goals against vs. Red Wings
Unfortunately for the Carolina Hurricanes, they're still down two points to the Rangers for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with just two games to go. Fortunately for the Carolina Hurricanes, they have Cam Ward in net. Ward has been hot lately for the Panthers, putting up a 2.14 GAA in March with a 93.3 save %, and in his first three games in April those numbers have dropped to 1.31 and .962%, respectively. The Hurricanes still need to win their final two games (at the Thrashers and then against the Lightening at home) and hope the Rangers drop one of their final two to make the playoffs, but a 42-save shutout against the Red Wings was a huge game at the most critical of times.
T. Lincecum (SF): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 13 K vs. Padres
Tim Lincecum is one of those pitchers we would expect to see appearing often in this column, as he loves to put up huge strikeout numbers. This was his second start of the season, and he's managed to keep his ERA at a respectable 0.64 through his first 14 innings of work. He's put up double-digit strikeout lines often in his career, so we'll keep an eye out and see how many times he'll break this 13-K mark set in the first full week of the regular season.