1. Backstrom gets back-to-back starts. The TV guys were quick to say that there is no goaltending controversy, just Lemaire trying to get Manny some rest. Hogwash. Lemaire has been very disappointed in Manny's play on the road and this game was meant to send him a message. Backstrom played very solid today in goal and earned the shutout and some more starts in the future.
2. Dupuis back. Pascual Dupuis, missing for 2.5 seasons, has been located and scored in his 3rd straight game.
3. Benoit Pouliot looked strong. The rook's at least six foot three and saw some power play action today. I expect he'll be sent back down once Walz and/or Demitra come back, but it's nice to see No. 67 on the ice.