Stat Line of the Night — 4/21/2013 — Mark Cundari
There were several impressive stat lines being put together by athletes around the sporting world yesterday, including Tuukka Rask‘s 28-save shutout against the Florida Panthers, Paul Georges‘s triple-double in Game One of the Pacers’ first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, and Barry Zito‘s seven scoreless innings during the San Francisco Giants’ victory over the San Diego Padres. Each of those athletes deserves some props for their impressive outings on Sunday, but I simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to award this “Stat Line of the Night” to Mark Cundari of the Calgary Flames.
Playing in his first career NHL game after getting traded to the Flames from the St. Louis Blues for Jay Bouwmeester, Cundari made the most of his debut, as he recorded the Flames’ opening goal and added an assist on their third goal during a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. The native of Woodbridge, Ontario, finished the game with just under 25 minutes of ice time, two hits, three blocked shots and a plus-one rating.
Despite being listed at just 5’9″ and 195 pounds, the 22-year-old defenseman plays a much larger game than his size indicates. He proved just that in his NHL debut last night, and it earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, April 21, 2013.