Valtteri Filppula is meant to score and he just did not do that during the series. Finally in Game 7, he was able to grab a lucky bounce off of Danny Cleary and score with it. Hopefully that goal will get him going. If the team has any chance to beat the Chicago Blackhawks, they will need last season’s version of Filppula to show up.
He did great on faceoffs in the series but his no-look pass to nobody in Game 6 almost cost the team the series as it allowed the Ducks to climb back into the game.
Brandon Smith had moments where he played very well, but had others where he made some costly mistakes. Overall it was a successful effort for the rookie defender and hopefully an experience that he can learn from.
Jimmy Howard has not played bad, but he also has not played great either. His .905 save percentage going into Game 7 had him ranked 15th in the playoffs. Granted there have been three times during the playoffs where his teammates made costly errors at the net which resulted in goals for the Ducks. Even being generous and subtracting those goals, he still does not crack the top ten.
His Game 7 effort raised his save percentage to .911 and his goals against ended up at 2.78. Both numbers are only good enough to be ranked 14th in the playoffs.
Now with that said, he has also made some tremendous saves during the series and had times where he was the only reason that the team was able to stay in games. In the end, he ends up with a C.
Mikael Samuelsson, Kyle Quincey, Jakub Kindl, Jonathan Ericsson, Todd Bertuzzi, Brian Lashoff and Corey Emmerton are just here. There was not anything overly good or bad about their games. Any time they made a good play that brought them attention, it would be followed by a penalty or some mistake on the ice.
They certainly were not bad; they just were not great either. In the end, it is a passing grade, but one that will need to improve if the team is going to pull off another upset in the next round.