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Brenden Morrow (foot) may sit Saturday | 04/19/2014 3:06 PM
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Brenden Morrow was able to play in Game 1 Thursday night, but he might be out for Saturday afternoon's match.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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He is still thought to be dealing with a foot issue and he didn't take part in the pregame skate. T.J. Oshie appears to be ready to return, so he might be taking Morrow's spot in the lineup.
Jared Boll will be scratched Saturday | 04/19/2014 3:03 PM
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Jared Boll will be a healthy scratch Saturday night in Game 2 against Pittsburgh.
Columbus Dispatch

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It was originally speculated that Corey Tropp would be the odd man out with R.J. Umberger ready to return, but it will be Boll instead.
T.J. Oshie in pregame warmup, likely to play | 04/19/2014 2:46 PM
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T.J. Oshie (upper body) is participating in the pregame warmup.
Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter

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He's doing line rushes with David Backes and Alexander Steen, so it looks like he'll be back in the lineup after missing Game 1 and the last two games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.
Tampa signs prospect Jake Dotchin | 04/19/2014 2:36 PM
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Jake Dotchin has inked an entry-level deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Lightning.nhl.com

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In 63 games with the OHL's Barrie Colts, he registered 11 goals, 36 points and 121 penalty minutes. Dotchin was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft by the Bolts.
Darcy Kuemper set to return to lineup | 04/19/2014 2:10 PM
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It appears as though Darcy Kuemper (upper body) will back up Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 2 on Saturday night.
Michael Russo on Twitter

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Kuemper has been out of action since Mar. 27 with an upper-body injury. He might get a chance to start at some point in Minnesota's first-round series against Colorado.
Milan Lucic receives $5K fine for spearing | 04/19/2014 1:51 PM
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Milan Lucic has received a $5,000 fine for spearing Detroit defenseman Dan DeKeyser below the belt.
Chris Johnston on Twitter

Impact
The incident occurred late in the second period of Game 1 on Friday night and it went unpenalized because it was missed by the officiating staff.
Steve Mason won't play in Game 2 Sunday | 04/19/2014 1:37 PM
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Steve Mason (upper body) won't play Sunday.
Katie Strang on Twitter

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However, there were indications at Saturday's practice that he is getting closer. He'll try to get ready for Game 3 on Tuesday night back in Philadelphia. Cal Heeter will continue to serve as Ray Emery's backup while is Mason sidelined with an upper-body injury.
Blues' T.J. Oshie questionable for Game 2 | 04/19/2014 1:11 PM
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T.J. Oshie (upper body) is questionable to play in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.
Lou Korac on Twitter

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Coach Ken Hitchcock wouldn't confirm Oshie's status, so there's a chance that he could play. He expects Oshie and Patrik Berglund to play by Game 4, though.
Steve Mason returns to practice Saturday | 04/19/2014 1:00 PM
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Steve Mason (upper body) participated in Saturday's practice.
Mark Masters on Twitter

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He is aiming to return on Sunday, so this is a positive sign. Cal Heeter, who served as Ray Emery's backup in Game 1, didn't take part in the session.
Marcel Goc (ankle) still unable to practice | 04/19/2014 12:52 PM
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Marcel Goc (ankle) hasn't been able to resume practices yet.
Dave Molinari on Twitter

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Coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday that Goc hasn't received the green light to skate with his teammates. He hasn't played since Mar. 27 because of an ankle injury.
Matt Niskanen stays on Pens' No. 1 PP unit | 04/19/2014 12:47 PM
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Matt Niskanen practiced on the Penguins' top power-play unit in Saturday's pregame skate.
Dave Molinari on Twitter

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Both of his points (one goal, one assist) came with the man advantage in Game 1. Kris Letang struggled in the playoff opener, which resulted in Niskanen's promotion during the contest.
Ondrej Palat to be a game-time call for Gm 3 | 04/19/2014 12:42 PM
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Ondrej Palat (upper body) is on the ice for Saturday's optional skate.
Damian Cristodero on Twitter

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He missed Game 2 because of an upper-body injury and will be a game-time decision again for Sunday's match against Montreal.
Vladimir Tarasenko excels in his return | 04/19/2014 12:07 PM
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Vladimir Tarasenko was excellent during his first game back in St. Louis' lineup in Game 1 on Thursday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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He scored a goal and recorded seven shots in the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime victory versus Chicago. Tarasenko was playing in his first game since Mar. 15 after being sidelined with a hand injury. He's quickly gaining a reputation across the league as a dangerous scoring threat. "He creates a lot with his speed and skill," Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said. "He does have a really hard shot and a quick release. He's definitely a guy who I'm aware of every time he gets on the ice. I know exactly where he is."
Porter does his best to secure lineup spot | 04/19/2014 11:58 AM
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Chris Porter recorded an assist and seven shots in Thursday's triple overtime win against Chicago.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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If T.J. Oshie or Patrik Berglund is able to return in Game 2 then there's a chance that Porter or Adam Cracknell could be taken out of the lineup after they both played very well in Game 1.
Adam Cracknell could be an odd man out | 04/19/2014 11:46 AM
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Adam Cracknell had a goal and five hits in Game 1's triple overtime win over Chicago.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Unfortunately for Cracknell, he could be taken out of the lineup for Game 2 if the Blues are able to get some players back from injury list.
Alex Ovechkin takes heat over minus-35 rating | 04/19/2014 11:43 AM
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Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin has seven years left on a contract that will pay him $10 million annually beginning next season, but he finished this regular season out of the playoffs and with a dreadful minus-35 rating, third worst in the NHL.
Washington Post

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That stat marked the latest flash point to debate whether the controversial winger should focus on becoming better on defense and whether the Capitals should make a split from the player who reinvigorated the area as a hockey market. For his part, Ovechkin said he won't request a trade - beginning July 1 a limited no-trade clause in his contract goes into effect allowing him to list up to 10 teams each year to whom he would accept one - and there's been no indication Capitals owner Ted Leonsis would entertain the idea of parting with the face of the franchise. When asked after the Caps concluded their season having missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07 whether he should eschew his offensive focus, Ovechkin rebuffed the notion, saying: "I get paid to score goals. I scored 50. You can't point [at] one guy in position, say he didn't do his job - look at everybody's numbers. Watch the video, and everybody have a bad year."
Devils might wish to bring back Brian Gionta | 04/19/2014 11:33 AM
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If Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello remains true to form, he just might inquire about bringing right winger Brian Gionta back to New Jersey, according to The Star-Ledger.
Newark Star-Ledger

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Lamoriello said despite the organization's reputation for thinking defense first, he'd like goal-scorers who could fit into the system. "I don't think we've ever not thought about offensive players," Lamoriello said. "They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. . . ." Gionta, 35, is captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Although his offensive numbers declined this season (18 goals, 22 assists in 81 games), he is still regarded as a potential 25-goal scorer. The Habs would like to retain Gionta, who is an unrestricted free agent July 1 but he'd have to take less than the $5-million they paid him this season. The Devils have the perfect recruiter in Gionta's younger brother, Stephen, who says he'd be willing to get into Brian's ear.
Dany Heatley understands why he's not playing | 04/19/2014 11:28 AM
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Dany Heatley is ready to go in the playoffs when he's called upon.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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"Just the way the end of the year went, I was scratched in Phoenix and we kind of went on a tear, so it is what it is," he said of his current situation. "I'll stay ready. If I get in, I'll be ready to go." Heatley was a healthy scratch in Game 1 when the Wild dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Colorado on Thursday night. It isn't clear yet if he'll be in the lineup for Game 2 Saturday.
Derek Stepan continues hot pace for Rangers | 04/19/2014 11:26 AM
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The Rangers' Derek Stepan has 23 points in his last 24 overall games.
Rotoworld.com

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He scored a goal in the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Flyers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. "Stepan makes us tick," Rangers star Rick Nash said. "If we're going to go far in the playoffs, we need Derek to keep on starring."
Rangers' Benoit Poulio peaking at right time | 04/19/2014 11:24 AM
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Benoit Pouliot has a point in nine of his last 11 overall games.
Rotoworld.com

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He played well in the Rangers' 4-1, opening-game victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs' first round and he's become a key member of the New York offense. He finished the regular season with 15 goals and 36 points in 80 games.
| 04/19/2014 11:18 AM
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Brian Boyle, who scored in each of the Rangers' first three games in their epic 2012 first-round series against Ottawa, again brought his A-game to open a postseason Thursday night with four shots on goal, consistent forechecking and an exemplary work ethic.
New York Daily News

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Boyle wasn't exactly thrilled he didn't light the lamp in a 4-1 Game 1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Garden, but he admitted that the fourth line of him, Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett turned in the type of strong effort that has become commonplace from the trio. "We were doing the right things again," Boyle said. "I mean, we have to start putting our own chances in the net, though, too. Thankfully we didn't need them (in Game 1)."
Ryan Garbutt nets his first playoff goal | 04/19/2014 11:18 AM
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Ryan Garbutt had a goal and five shots in a 3-2 loss to Anaheim in Game 2 on Friday night.
Dallas Morning News

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He scored around the halfway mark of the third period to draw Dallas within a goal, but for a second straight time the Stars couldn't get the equalizer. Garbutt is playing in his first NHL playoffs after a productive regular season. He registered 17 goals, 32 points and 106 penalty minutes in 75 games.
Flyers G Steve Mason could be back Sunday | 04/19/2014 11:13 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers might have No. 1 goalie Steve Mason back for Game 2 against the Rangers.
tsn.ca

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Mason missed Thursday's 4-1 loss to New York because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. He was hurt last Saturday against Pittsburgh, when he was knocked over and hit the back of his head on the ice. Mason and the Flyers have declined to say whether he has a concussion. Mason took part in a goalie practice Friday at New York's Chelsea Piers and said afterward that he is feeling better than he did a few days earlier. He has set his sights on playing Sunday at Madison Square Garden. "I felt pretty good for being on the ice for the first time in a couple of days. It was a good step," the 25-year-old Mason said. "I felt great movement-wise. It was a pretty controlled setting and it felt good. "I'll know exactly when I am ready to go physically, but it is also a management and doctor's decision, as well." Ray Emery made 32 saves in Mason's absence Thursday.
Ruff thinks Ray Whitney has more to give | 04/19/2014 11:08 AM
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Ray Whitney didn't end up playing on the top line in Game 2, but coach Lindy Ruff is looking for more from the veteran forward.
Dallas Morning News

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"I think Game 1 was a hard game for Ray. Coming off an injury, the level of energy in that game was more than he had seen. There were times he wasn't quite up to pace," Ruff said. "But I would expect more from Ray [Friday]. He's a veteran guy who we think can make those plays." The 41-year-old winger picked up nine goals and 32 points in 69 games during the regular season. He doesn't have a point in two playoff matches so far.
Pens' fastest skater to stay on Kid's line | 04/19/2014 11:05 AM
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Brian Gibbons, described by Pittsburgh coach Dan Blysma as the Penguins' fastest skater, will remain on the team's No. 1 line with Sidney (The Kid) Crosby during the second game of Pittsburgh's playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets today.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Blysma moved Gibbons to the top line with Crosby and Chris Kunitz, a game won 4-3 by the Pens. Blysma explained speed is a quality Crosby craves in his linemates. "Sid's a player who likes and needs his line and his linemates to force the other team with their speed and with getting on defensemen and being able to read off that," Bylsma said. "[Gibbons] forces other teams with his speed, forces them with the pressure he can put on the puck. Sid is able to read off that. That's something he's always wanted on his wings."
Brooks Orpik: Pens must stay focused at home | 04/19/2014 10:57 AM
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The Penguins have struggled at Consol Energy Center in the postseason and veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik sees a connection to their troubles in their new building and the Penguins' inability to control their emotions.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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"I don't think it's a reach," Orpik said. "We tend to play a little bit different at home for whatever reason. I don't know if it's the excitement of the crowd or trying to impress the crowd. You always hear the term `a good road game,' which you want to duplicate at home. It's more boring, responsible. I don't think we're the only team that's fallen victim to it, but it has shown in the last couple of years." The Penguins were 22-9 during the Sidney Crosby era in playoff games at Civic Arena. At Consol Energy Center, they are 8-8. "We can talk about it until we're blue in the face," Orpik said. "Every guy has to be more disciplined."
Nathan MacKinnon collects 3 assists in Game 1 | 04/19/2014 10:56 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon contributed three assists and a plus-3 rating in his NHL playoff debut Thursday night.
Denver Post

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The 18-year-old rookie made a great first impression for the Avalanche in their comeback overtime win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1. MacKinnon will look to keep that momentum in the second game of the series on Saturday night. Minnesota coach Mike Yeo wants his players to ratchet up the physical play when MacKinnon has the puck to try to slow him down.
Penguins clearly miss Pascual Dupuis | 04/19/2014 10:53 AM
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The loss of right wing Pascal Dupuis (knee) has been a damaging blow to the Pens' penalty-killing unit.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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With Dupuis in the lineup, the Penguins killed 87.5 percent of their penalties, which was on pace to give Pittsburgh's its second-best penalty-killing season in franchise history. Without Dupuis, who sustained a season-ending injury Dec. 23, the Pens have killed just 82.5 percent of their penalties. The penalty-killing unit has deteriorated since the Olympics. "We were very good up until then," Craig Adams said. Adams said he believes the Pens' penchant for turning the puck over is the primary reason for the decline in penalty kill percentage. Defenseman Brooks Orpik's turnover led to Columbus center Mark Letestu's power-play goal in Game 1 of the first-round series Wednesday. "We aren't getting clears when we have the chance," Adams said. "There will always be times when it's a 50/50 situation and you get the puck out. But there have been times when we have clear control and we're still not getting it out. That's a problem."
Kirk Muller's days may be numbered with Canes | 04/19/2014 10:45 AM
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Kirk Muller's days as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes may be numbered.
AP

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Muller says he's waiting for word from Hurricanes management. Muller is 80-80-27 in three years with the Hurricanes. They've missed the playoffs in seven of the eight years since they won the Cup in 2006.
Valtteri Filppula credits Montreal's defense | 04/19/2014 10:37 AM
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Valtteri Filppula and the Tampa Bay Lightning are finding it difficult to produce offense against Montreal.
Tampa Tribune

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"It's not going our way right now," Filppula said after the Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in the series. "We have to give them credit, they are playing well defensively, we don't get a whole lot and we are struggling certainly to get into their zone." He collected an assist in Game 2's 4-1 loss and he has just two shots thus far in the series.
G Antti Niemi rewards Sharks' faith in him | 04/19/2014 10:34 AM
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San Jose goalie Antti Niemi needed only 18 seconds Thursday to show that he was on his game.
San Jose Mercury News

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Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter had sneaked past the San Jose defense and was alone for the first shot of Game 1, only to have Niemi get a piece of the puck. A quality scoring chance but no goal. "It was a pretty huge save," Sharks center James Sheppard said. "That's a puck that could easily have went in, and that's 18 seconds into a series. So when I saw it, I was pretty happy. I knew he was going to be there -- not that I had any doubts." Sheppard might not have had any doubts, but others did. Niemi had faltered at times down the stretch, while rookie backup Alex Stalock was more consistent. Coach Todd McLellan added to the drama by not publicly naming his starter until game day. Thursday, Niemi rewarded his team's faith, stopping the first 19 shots he faced before giving up three goals in the third period after the Sharks had built a 5-0 lead. And none of those Los Angeles goals could be categorized as softies in what ended up as a 6-3 win for San Jose.
Not Jonathan Quick's fault, teammate says | 04/19/2014 10:25 AM
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Jonathan Quick, considered by many who follow the NHL to be the top goalie in the league, allowed five goals on only 28 shots before being yanked after two periods in the Kings' 6-3 loss to San Jose Thursday in Game 1 of their playoff round.
nhl.com

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That was more goals in two periods than Quick gave up to the Sharks in three games of their playoff matchup last season. "I don't think we played very well in front of him," teammate Alec Martinez said in defense of Quick. "I think those goals were a byproduct of the team in front of him not playing well. It wasn't on Quickie. But obviously, he's one of the best goaltenders in the world and we have all the confidence in the world in him. He'll play really well Sunday."
Brendan Gallagher scores in Game 2 win | 04/19/2014 10:24 AM
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Brendan Gallagher scored his first goal of the postseason in Friday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay.
Montreal Gazette

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He also picked up an assist in Game 1 to give him two points in two playoff games. Gallagher had two markers in five postseason contests with the Canadiens last year.
Canadiens end PP drought in Friday's win | 04/19/2014 10:20 AM
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The Montreal Canadiens finally ended their power-play drought in Friday's playoff win over Tampa Bay.
Montreal Gazette

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David Desharnais tipped a point shot by P.K. Subban to get Montreal's first goal with the man advantage in 10 games. The Canadiens had a skid of 0-for-27 going before Desharnais' score.
Boone Jenner impressive for Blue Jackets | 04/19/2014 10:15 AM
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Rookie Boone Jenner was one of the more effective members of the Columbus Blue Jackets in their Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
Columbus Dispatch

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Jenner played nearly 17 minutes on Wednesday, with an assist and seven hits. The physical style is very much to Jenner's liking, and his constant skating and hitting drew the ire of Penguins stars Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. He's expecting more of the same in Game 2 today, and beyond. "I think it's going to ramp up even more," Jenner said. "We're going right back into their building, and it's going to be a close, tight game. When you play in a long series, we want to invest in getting the puck in deep and hitting them. If we just keep doing that, it's a long series and hopefully we can wear them down."
R.J. Umberger back for Blue Jackets today | 04/19/2014 10:12 AM
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The return of right wing R.J. Umberger likely means a healthy scratch for fourth-liner Corey Tropp.
Columbus Dispatch

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Umberger skated in practice Friday on the third line, with center Artem Anisimov and right wing Blake Comeau. That pushed Derek MacKenzie into Tropp's spot on the left side of the fourth line, with center Mark Letestu and right wing Jared Boll.
Corey Potter made his playoff debut Friday | 04/19/2014 10:10 AM
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Corey Potter made his NHL playoff debut on Friday night.
Boston Herald

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He logged nearly 17 minutes of ice time in the match, which included 1:37 of playing time on the penalty kill. Potter recorded four blocked shots and one shot of his own in Boston's 1-0 loss to Detroit. The 30-year-old rearguard has 123 regular season games of NHL experience under his belt and he was "thankful" that a chance to play in the playoffs finally came.
Brandon Sutter's big goals expected by coach | 04/19/2014 10:08 AM
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Third-line center Brandon Sutter had the winning goal in Game 1, a 4-3 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets, when the Penguins' top four scorers combined for no goals and a minus-4 rating.
Columbus Dispatch

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Big goals from Sutter don't surprise Pittsburgh coach Dan Blysma. "When he's scored a goal, it's always been a big goal," Bylsma said. "He's right around the number he always seems to be at - 12 to 15 goals a year - but they always seem to be big goals." Eight of the Penguins' 12 points in Game 1 were produced by defensemen or forwards who finished the game skating on the bottom two lines. The teams meet again for Game 2 today.
Tuukka Rask feels he shoud've stopped GWG | 04/19/2014 10:05 AM
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Tuukka Rask feels he should've had Pavel Datsyuk's game-winning goal in Game 1's loss to Detroit.
Boston Herald

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"He was by himself there, so I'm just thinking (it's going to be) a shot," said Rask. "He drags it across and releases from our D's legs. You just try to get the puck in your eyes. I couldn't and it squeaked by me. Usually he tries to make a pass there, but I thought he was by himself there, so I was ready for that shot. I just couldn't see it. But it still went through me, so I should have it." Rask made 23 stops, but the one shot that beat him gave the Red Wings a 1-0 victory.
Kris Letang disciplined by coach for mistakes | 04/19/2014 10:04 AM
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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang made a mistake and hurt his team by slashing Blue Jackets rookie Boone Jenner in response to a hit late in the second period Wednesday in the opener of their first-round playoff series.
Columbus Dispatch

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So Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylma confined Letang to the bench for nearly eight minutes after the expiration of his penalty. The Blue Jackets did not score on that power play, but Letang had two penalties, no shots and a minus-1 rating in the game. He also had a turnover that led to a short-handed goal by Derek MacKenzie that gave the Jackets a 3-1 lead earlier in the second period. The Penguins came back to win 4-3. "I think going into a series, there are certain players that you're looking to put a dent on and go after and forecheck and be physical on," Bylsma said. "Kris is one of those guys for our team. ... I didn't like the response from Kris. I think he got a message, whether it was . not playing or a nice talk. He got a message." Another might have been sent Friday, when Letang was demoted to the second power-play unit during practice. He was put on a pair with defenseman Paul Martin while Matt Niskanen and Evgeni Malkin worked the points with the first unit.
Flames' boss Brian Burke rips John Tortorella | 04/19/2014 9:57 AM
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Calgary Flames bossman has a message for Vancouver coach John Tortorella.
Calgary Sun

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"Shut your mouth, and worry about your team - leave my coach alone," said Burke publicly to the Vancouver Canucks head coach when asked about Tortorella's latest complaining about the head coach of the Calgary Flames following the team's season finale on the West Coast. "John Tortorella, who is a friend of mine, should start worrying about John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks and stop worrying about us. Our coach (Bob Hartley) acted completely appropriately. . ."Apparently what outraged him was the cardinal sin of arguing for a penalty while Daniel Sedin was being tended to on the ice. Well . when is he supposed to argue for a penalty?" asked Burke. "Paul Byron hit him. We think it was a hockey play - we don't think it was worth five minutes, and we don't think it's worth further review."
USA adds Jimmy Hayes to WHC roster | 04/19/2014 9:56 AM
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Jimmy Hayes will represent Team USA at the World Hockey Championships in May.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

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The tournament runs from May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. Hayes produced 11 goals and 18 points in 55 games this past season with Florida and Chicago. He skated in just two games with the Blackhawks before being moved to the Panthers.
Vincent Trocheck will play for USA at WHC | 04/19/2014 9:53 AM
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Vincent Trocheck will suit up for the United States next month in the World Hockey Championships.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

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He notched five goals and eight points in 20 games with Florida this year, while earning 42 points in 55 games with AHL San Antonio. The Rampage won't qualify for the playoffs, but his playing days won't come to an end this spring until the IIHF tournament is over.
Bob Hartley victim of John Tortorella's ire | 04/19/2014 9:51 AM
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Vancouver coach John Tortorella was furious with Calgary coach Bob Hartley after Canucks star Daniel Sedin was loaded onto a stretcher after a hit by the Flames' Paul Byron during the team's final game of the regular season last weekend.
Calgary Sun

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Sedin was taken to hospital but was later released, while Byron received a five-minute major for boarding. "It's been a rough year, but it's embarrassing to coach against (Hartley)," Tortorella said. "Some of the things that went on when Danny was hurt, it's embarrassing." Added Tortorella: "I don't like the way he does business. I don't like him, and eventually, I guess why I am talking about it in this way is because I need to protect my players, and a lot of people don't understand that. So I'll just leave it at that. I don't know why I opened it up. It aggravates the (bleep) out of me." The bad blood between Tortorella and Hartley dates back to Jan. 18, when the Flames put tough guys Brian McGrattan and Kevin Westgarth in their starting lineup against the Canucks, who countered with muscle of their own, and the result was a five-on-five line-brawl at the opening faceoff. During the first intermission, Tortorella tried to get to the visitors' dressing r
Jonathan Huberdeau named to Canada for WHC | 04/19/2014 9:47 AM
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Jonathan Huberdeau will play for Canada at the World Hockey Championships next month.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

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After winning the Calder Trophy in 2012-13, Huberdeau struggled in his sophomore campaign. He picked up nine goals and 28 points in 69 games after he registered 14 markers and 31 points in 48 contests during his rookie season. He'll try to gain some confidence back on a young Canadian squad at the tournament.
Erik Gudbranson will play in WHC for Canada | 04/19/2014 9:42 AM
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Erik Gudbranson will represent Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in May.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

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In 66 games this season, he earned nine points and 114 penalty minutes for the Florida Panthers.
Jordan Caron opens playoffs on fourth line | 04/19/2014 9:39 AM
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Jordan Caron suited up in Boston's playoff opener versus Detroit on Friday night.
Boston Herald

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He skated on the fourth line because Daniel Paille was unable to play with an upper-body injury, which could be a possible concussion. Caron registered three points in 35 appearances during the regular season.
Andrew Cogliano a master of shorthanded goals | 04/19/2014 9:37 AM
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Andrew Cogliano's game-winning goal in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 playoff win Friday night came while his team was shorthanded.
Orange County Register

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The Ducks had 10 shorthanded goals in the regular season season, three by Cogliano."Usually it's a mistake by the other team," said Cogliano, and his goal Friday, giving the Ducks a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Dallas Stars, did indeed come on a mistake - a giveaway by Sergei Gonchar. "It's anticipation, but it's also hunger," Cogliano added. The Ducks' other two goals Friday - both at even strength -- also came on giveaways, one scored by Corey Perry and the other by Chris Getzlaf. "Every team makes mistakes, but what separates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry is that they convert them," Cogliano said.
Flu bug shakes up Bruins' back end | 04/19/2014 9:32 AM
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Kevan Miller didn't play in Game 1 Friday night because of the flu.
Boston Herald

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The Bruins were also missing blueliner Matt Bartkowski due to the flu bug. As a result of absences, Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter suited up for Boston against Detroit.
Lehtonen and Stars lose | 04/19/2014 2:31 AM
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Kari Lehtonen let in three goals on 19 shots in Dallas' 3-2 loss to Anaheim Friday night.
Rotoworld.com

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It was a difficult game for Lehtonen as the Ducks scored some pretty goals. Lehtonen was outplayed by Frederik Andersen and the Stars lost their second straight to Anaheim. The Ducks and the Stars will play their next game on Monday in Dallas and Lehtonen will probably start again then.
Chiasson scores in loss | 04/19/2014 2:25 AM
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Alex Chiasson scored a goal in Dallas' 3-2 loss to Anaheim in Game 2 on Friday evening.
Rotoworld.com

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Dallas took the lead on Chiasson's power-play goal, his first career playoff goal, at 7:40 of the first period. Dallas coach Lindy Ruff put Chiasson at right wing in place of Valeri Nichushkin on the top line to provide scoring depth. Ryan Garbutt scored the other goal for the Stars.
Andersen solid in win | 04/19/2014 2:19 AM
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Frederik Andersen stopped 34 of 36 shots in Anaheim's 3-2 win over Dallas Friday evening at Honda Center.
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Impact
Andersen started again for the Ducks and shined again. The rookie goaltender has been solid in the first two playoff games for the Ducks and he should be starting in Game 3 also on Monday night.
Getzlaf has two points in win | 04/19/2014 2:15 AM
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Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and registered an assist in Anaheim's 3-2 win over Dallas in Game 2 Friday night.
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Impact
Getzlaf, who welcomed his third child, daughter Willa, early Friday morning, nearly 24 hours after he received numerous stitches for a deep laceration on his face from a Tyler Seguin slap shot in Game 1, was the best player in Game 2. He now has four points in two playoffs game this season. Andrew Cogliano scored a shorthanded goal for the Ducks, while Corey Perry also scored in the win. It was Perry's first playoff goal in three years.
Jimmy Howard shuts out Bruins, Wings up 1-0 | 04/18/2014 10:38 PM
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Jimmy Howard found his mojo on Friday night, kicking aside all 25 Bruins shots to lift Detroit to a 1-0 victory in Game 1.
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Impact
Howard was fantastic, making clutch saves down the stretch to keep the game tied, while Pavel Datsyuk's late goal gave the Red Wings an unlikely victory. The Red Wings goaltender will need to be better than he was during the regular season in order for Detroit to make a run. Howard was 21-19-11 this season with a .910 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average during the year. Friday night was a good start.
Tukka Rask stops 24 of 25 in Game 1 loss | 04/18/2014 10:29 PM
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Tukka Rask made just one mistake on 24 shots during Game 1, but it proved costly as the Bruins lost 1-0 to Detroit on Friday night.
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Impact
Rask made several tremendous saves during a back-and-forth series opener that was decided with just 3:01 to go in the third period. The young netminder, who led the NHL in save percentage this season, will look to rebound on Sunday in Game 2.
Pavel Datsyuk scores heroic goal, Wings win | 04/18/2014 10:27 PM
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Pavel Datsyuk's marvellous third period goal was all the Red Wings needed on Friday night, as they held on to beat the heavily favoured Bruins in Game 1 by a score of 1-0.
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Impact
Datsyuk took a pass from Johan Franzen in the neutral zone, stickhandled his way through multiple Bruins just over the blueline and fired home a deadly wrister past Tukka Rask with just 3:01 to go in the game. The goal gave the Red Wings home ice advantage and a 1-0 series lead against Boston with Game 2 coming on Sunday.
Anders Lindback yanked in Bolts' Game 2 loss | 04/18/2014 10:15 PM
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Anders Lindback simply was not good enough on Friday night, allowing three goals on 23 shots before getting pulled during the Bolts' Game 2 loss to Montreal.
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Impact
Kristers Gudlevskis finished the last nine minutes of the game, allowing a goal on three shots. Lindback has now allowed eight goals in Tampa's two playoff games. Injured starter Ben Bishop took shots from the goalie coach on Friday morning, and the Lightning are hoping he will be back for Sunday's Game 3. The Lightning are now down 2-0 in the series, while Lindback has proven to be a poor option in goal coming off a regular season where he went 8-12-3 with an .891 save percentage.
Teddy Purcell scores TB's only goal in loss | 04/18/2014 10:08 PM
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Teddy Purcell scored Tampa Bay's lone goal in Game 2 late in the third period, as the Bolts were stymied by Carey Price and the Habs during a 4-1 loss.
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Impact
Victor Hedman and Valtteri Filppula earned assists on Purcell's late goal, which came when the game was out of reach. The Lightning were a bit undisciplined, and made some crucial defensive zone gaffes in the loss, which puts them down 2-0 in the series with two games in Montreal coming up. Purcell has an impressive seven goals and 18 points through 20 career playoff games.
Carey Price backstops Habs to 2-0 series lead | 04/18/2014 10:02 PM
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Carey Price's shutout bid was spoiled with under two minutes remaining in Game 2, but the star goaltender still got the all important victory in Friday night's battle with the Lightning.
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Impact
Price made 26 saves on 27 shots and was much better than he was during Wednesday night's Game 1, where he allowed four goals and made 21 saves in the wild overtime victory. A strong team performance suffocated the Bolts' offense, and put the series momentum squarely in the hands of the Canadiens. Price improves his mediocre career playoff record to 11 wins and 17 losses.
Rene Bourque's pair pushes Habs past Bolts | 04/18/2014 9:43 PM
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Rene Bourque drove the Canadiens past the Lightning in Game 2 on Friday night, scoring two goals in the Habs' 4-1 victory in Tampa Bay.
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Impact
Bourque's first goal is making the rounds on the highlight reels, as the veteran split the Bolts' defense and poked the puck past a sprawling Anders Lindback. That goal stood as the game-winner, while Bourque's second marker increased the Habs' lead to 3-0 and essentially putting the game out of reach in the third period for the hometown Lightning.
David Desharnais scores in Habs' Game 2 win | 04/18/2014 9:41 PM
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David Desharnais tipped home his first goal of the playoffs, one-timing a P.K. Subban slap pass on the power play during a 4-1 Habs win over Tampa on Friday night.
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Impact
Desharnais helped Montreal take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as a result of Friday's victory. The 27 year-old also came out as a +1 during the game with two penalty minutes in 15:31 of ice time.
Ryan Getzlaf welcomes child, set for Game 2 | 04/18/2014 8:26 PM
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Ryan Getzlaf and his wife Paige welcomed a new baby girl, Willa, to the world on Friday morning.
Anaheim Ducks on Twitter

Impact
Getzlaf has had a long two days since the Ducks' Game 1 win over Dallas, as he is also recovering from a slap shot to the face. Anaheim's captain will indeed be in the lineup for Friday night's Game 2 though, and might get a boost from the newest member of his family. After his wife gave birth to their first child Ryder during the 2010-11 season, Getzlaf notched an assist the next night and five points over the next four games.
TBL will go with seven blueliners Friday | 04/18/2014 6:46 PM
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Andrej Sustr will draw into the Lightning's lineup Friday night.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter

Impact
Tampa Bay will use seven defensemen because Ondrej Palat is dealing with an upper-body injury. Sustr had a goal and eight points in 43 games in the regular season.
Wild aim to put blown lead behind them | 04/18/2014 6:39 PM
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The Minnesota Wild are looking to put their blown lead in Game 1 of the first round behind them.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Minnesota had a 4-2 lead over Colorado in the third period, but ended up losing 5-4 in overtime. "You're going to face adversity in the playoffs," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We want to get on a run here and any team that's going to have any kind of success in the playoffs, you're going to face adversity." The first two games of the series are in Colorado, so if Minnesota bounces back on Saturday, then they're in great shape going forward.
Quenneville loses $25k over obscene gesture | 04/18/2014 6:18 PM
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Joel Quenneville has been fined $25,000 for "inappropriate conduct."
NHL.com

Impact
Quenneville, while expressing his anger over what he felt was a missed call by the officials during the second overtime period of Thursday's game, grabbed his crotch while yelling at the referees. He later apologized for the incident and called it "a bush-league move."
Avs looking to improve on power play | 04/18/2014 5:47 PM
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Gabriel Landeskog wants to see the Avalanche perform better with the man advantage as their first round series progresses.
Denver Post

Impact
Colorado was 0-for-4 on the power play in Game 1. "We had some chances and we didn't get anything, and they scored on one of their power plays," Landeskog said. "Special teams are so big in the playoffs, so that's one thing we've got to improve." Colorado ranked fifth with a 19.8% power-play success rate in the regular season.
Sheahan will make his playoff debut Friday | 04/18/2014 5:00 PM
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Riley Sheahan is getting ready to make his playoff debut on Friday.
Detroit Free Press

Impact
Sheahan had nine goals and 24 points in 42 games during the regular season. He will play alongside Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff plans lineup changes | 04/18/2014 4:44 PM
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Stars coach Lindy Ruff is planning on making lineup changes for Game 2, but he naturally didn't want to go into specifics.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
Ray Whitney skated alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin during Friday's skate, but Ruff downplayed that. "We just did a warm-up and I said any three guys go," Ruff said. Whitney said he wasn't sure what line he would end up on.
T.J. Oshie probably won't return Saturday | 04/18/2014 4:30 PM
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T.J. Oshie (upper body) is doubtful for Game 2 on Saturday.
Dan Rosen on Twitter

Impact
Oshie has been skating, but still needs to be cleared for contact drills. He had 21 goals and 60 points in 79 games in 2013-14.
Bouwmeester fine after missing second OT | 04/18/2014 4:13 PM
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Jay Bouwmeester is fine despite missing the second overtime period of the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime win.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Bouwmeester missed the period due to dehydration. Bouwmeester logged 29:16 minutes in the contest.
Ben Bishop takes step forward in recovery | 04/18/2014 4:10 PM
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Ben Bishop (elbow) was on the ice prior to the Lightning's practice on Friday.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
Bishop faced shots from goalie coach Frantz Jean for the first time since he got hurt. "He's progressing every day," Jean said. "The last three days have been extremely positive for him. The recuperation is going very well." Bishop will not be available Friday night.
Anders Lindback will start in Game 2 | 04/18/2014 4:08 PM
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Anders Lindback is expected to start on Friday.
St. Petersburg Times

Impact
No surprise there given that Ben Bishop is still dealing with an elbow injury. Lindback turned aside 39 of 44 shots in Montreal's 5-4 overtime win against Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Teemu Selanne likely to play on 2nd line | 04/18/2014 3:22 PM
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Teemu Selanne is projected to play on the second line on Friday.
Orange County Register

Impact
Selanne was on the ice for just 13:03 minutes in Game 1, but he did register an assist in that contest. This will be Selanne's last playoff run as he plans to retire this summer.
Quenneville apologizes for obscene gesture | 04/18/2014 2:43 PM
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Joel Quenneville has apologized for an obscene gesture he made during Game 1 of Chicago's series against St. Louis on Thursday.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
Quenneville, unhappy that a delay of game penalty wasn't called against the Blues, grabbed his crotch as he yelled at the referees. The NHL is reviewing the incident. "I was definitely excited and disappointed at the call," Quenneville said. "I apologize for my behavior. It wasn't very appropriate at all. It was a bush-league move on my part."
Look for D. Smith-Pelly to play on first line | 04/18/2014 2:23 PM
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Devante Smith-Pelly is expected to start Friday's game on the Ducks' top line.
Helene Elliott on Twitter

Impact
It wouldn't be surprising if other wingers end up getting shifts with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. The Ducks were forced to make an adjustment because Matt Beleskey is dealing with a lower-body injury.
Ducks won't have Matt Beleskey on Friday | 04/18/2014 2:16 PM
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Matt Beleskey (lower body) will not be available on Friday.
Ducks.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Beleskey played an important role in Anaheim's 4-3 victory over Dallas in Game 1. He should be regarded as day-to-day for now.
Travis Morin is the 2013-14 AHL MVP | 04/18/2014 2:10 PM
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Travis Morin has been named the AHL's most valuable player.
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Impact
Morin had 32 goals and 87 points in 65 games with the Texas Stars in 2013-14. While he's excelled at the AHL-level, the 30-year-old forward isn't expected to ever be worth owning in standard fantasy leagues. He has an assist in seven career NHL games.
Leopold dresses as Blues 6th d-man | 04/18/2014 1:44 PM
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Even though he played in only three of the Blues' last 25 games of the regular season, Jordan Leopold dressed as St. Louis' sixth defenseman in Game 1 against the Blackhawks Thursday night.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
Leopold was injured for much of the season but appears fine right now and will play ahead of both Carlo Colaiacovo and Ian Cole for the time being.
Ott plays on top line with Steen and Backes | 04/18/2014 1:41 PM
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With T.J. Oshie out, St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock started Steve Ott on the top line with David Backes and Alex Steen.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
It seemed to work out fine as the Blues defeated the Hawks in overtime and the Backes line was very effective. Look for Ott to continue to play alongside Backes and Steen until Oshie returns.
Frederik Andersen expected to start in Game 2 | 04/18/2014 1:38 PM
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Frederik Andersen is projected to play between the pipes again on Friday.
Eric Stephens on Twitter

Impact
Andersen stopped 32 of 35 shots in Anaheim's 4-3 victory over Dallas in their playoff opener on Wednesday. Obviously, the fact that they're sticking with Andersen doesn't bode well for Jonas Hiller, who might not be offered a contract extension before his current deal runs out this summer.
T.J. Oshie (upper body) is on the ice Friday | 04/18/2014 1:37 PM
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T.J. Oshie is skating Friday morning with a few players who did not play Thursday night against Chicago.
Lou Korac Twitter

Impact
He has been skating on his own this week as he awaits clearance to participate in contact practices. At least Oshie seems to be getting closer to a return. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Berglund skating Friday morning | 04/18/2014 1:34 PM
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Patrick Berglund (upper-body injury) is skating Friday morning.
Lou Korac Twitter

Impact
Of course that doesn't mean he will play Saturday in Game 2 against Chicago, but it is a good sign. Consider Berglund day-to-day for now and check back with Saturday as to whether he will suit up in Game 2.
Josi to play for Switzerland at IIHF tourney | 04/18/2014 1:24 PM
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Roman Josi is one of four Predators to be selected thus far to participate in the IIHF Championships in Belarus.
Predators.com

Impact
Josi will play for Switzerland, while Ryan Ellis will play for Canada. Seth Jones and Craig Smith will don the Red, White and Blue of the U.S. Several teams including Sweden and Finland have yet to make any roster announcements.
Steve Mason practices, might play Sunday | 04/18/2014 1:19 PM
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Steve Mason (upper body) took part in Friday's practice.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
"It's my first time on the ice in a couple days, and it's a good step," Mason said."I felt good." He faced shots during the morning skate and might be ready to return on Sunday. He missed the Flyers' final regular season game and playoff opener.
Bryzgalov set to redeem himself Saturday | 04/18/2014 1:10 PM
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Ilya Bryzgalov will get a chance to redeem himself Saturday night in Game 2 of the opening round of the playoffs.
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Impact
Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 31 shots in the overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night, a couple of which should have been stopped. As the Wild have no other healthy choice to start in goal, Bryzgalov will get a chance to show the Wild made a good choice to acquire him in a late trade this season.
Colton Sceviour OK for Game 2 | 04/18/2014 1:00 PM
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Colton Sceviour will be able to play in Game 2 against the Ducks Friday night.
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Impact
He slammed face first into the boards in Game 1 and there was some concern that he had seriously injured himself but he did play in the third period Wednesday. Even though he didn't skate Thursday, it seems Sceviour is good to go for Friday's contest.
Dillon won't play Friday | 04/18/2014 12:56 PM
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Brenden Dillon will not play Friday in Game 2 against Anaheim.
Stars Inside Edge

Impact
He is still not skating due to a lower-body injury sustained a week ago. Consider Dillon day-to-day for now.
Nick Foligno is now a possibility Saturday | 04/18/2014 12:55 PM
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Nick Foligno (knee) looked good in Friday's practice.
Bluejackets.nhl.com

Impact
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards was "excited" by how well Foligno performed. He was previously ruled out for Game 2 on Saturday, but it looks like he might play after all.
Barrie registers two assists in 5-4 OT win | 04/18/2014 12:46 PM
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Tyson Barrie continues to impress with his play as he registrered two assists in Colorado's 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs.
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Impact
Barrie was in Av coach Patrick Roy's doghouse to start the season and was sent to the AHL to find his game. Barrie returned to the NHL with confidence and registered 38 points in 64 games and anchored the Colorado power play. That production translates to a 47-point full season and makes Barrie a top-20 rearguard for the 2014-15 campaign.
Brian Gibbons skates on Pittsburgh's top line | 04/18/2014 12:40 PM
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Brian Gibbons practiced on the Penguins' first line on Friday.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Pittsburgh moved Gibbons to the top line with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby during Wednesday's game and it looks like they're sticking with that adjustment. This is a big opportunity for the 26-year-old rookie forward, who had five goals and 17 points in 41 games in 2013-14.
E. Johnson saves game for Avs Thursday night | 04/18/2014 12:40 PM
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If it wasn't for an unbelievable insipirational play by Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson the Avalanche would be down one game to the Wild.
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Impact
With time winding down in Thursday's opening game of the playoffs between the Avs and the Wild and with Minnesota leading 4-3 and the Colorado net empty for an extra attacker, Johnson raced back and swatted the puck out of the crease and then crashed into the goalpost saving a sure empty-net goal. The play rallied his teammates, and specifically Paul Stastny, who scored the tying and then the winning goal in overtime.
Blues have a bit of history on their side | 04/18/2014 12:19 PM
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The St. Louis Blues' 4-3 win over Chicago was the eighth time in history that Game 1 of a first round series went to triple overtime.
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Impact
The last seven times, the team that took Game 1 ended up claiming the series. Obviously, that's a small sample size and a very unusual scenario, but it's a neat little factoid for Blues fans.
Keith playsamazing 40:59 in triple OT game | 04/18/2014 12:16 PM
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Duncan Keith was on the ice for an unbelievable 40:59 Thursday night.
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Impact
That's understandable if you are the best defenseman on a team that has just participated in a triple overtime. If this series produces many more close games that go into extra time like Game 1, players like Keith and Alex Pietrangelo will be all worn out by the end of the first round.
Columbus will get R.J. Umberger back Saturday | 04/18/2014 12:13 PM
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R.J. Umberger (upper body) will be available for Game 2 on Saturday.
Bluejackets.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Umberger missed the Blue Jackets' playoff opener due to the injury. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests in 2013-14.
Toews looks just fine after return from UBI | 04/18/2014 12:07 PM
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Jonathan Toews didn't have any trouble in his return to action Thursday night after missing the Blackhawks' last six games due to an upper-body injury.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
He was very effective in 32:37 of game action taking four shots on goal, registering two assists, one of which came as a result of a beautiful stretch pass that hit Patrick Kane in full stride leading to a gorgeous goal. Toews should be active in all playoff pools regardless of format.
Kane looks good in loss to Blues | 04/18/2014 12:03 PM
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Patrick Kane looked great in his return from a knee injury Thursday night against the Blues.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
He was flying all over the ice in his first game since mid-March taking a team-high six shots on goal and scoring a highlight reel goal in the 28:31 of ice time he received. Needless to say Kane is safe to activate.
Kardi named to Team Canada for IIHF tourney | 04/18/2014 11:52 AM
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Nazem Kadri was named to Team Canada for the upcoming IIHF Championships scheduled to begin on May 9th in Belarus.
James Mirtle Twitter

Impact
He will be joined on the squad by teammates Morgan Rielly and James Reimer. Kadri had an inconsistent season but still set career highs in goals and points with 20 and 50 respectively. Reilly is a promising defenseman who just scratched the surface of his vast talent this season. We all know about the trials Reimer had in 2013-14.
Bolts rely on Lindback in first round | 04/18/2014 11:42 AM
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With Ben Bishop (left elbow) not expected to be healthy anytime soon, the Lightning will have to rely on Anders Lindback to defeat Montreal.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
The Bolts' backup did a very good job Wednesday night keeping his team in the game by kicking out 39 of 44 shots, but he is going to have to do better if the Lightning hope to get by the Canadiens in the first round.
Killorn to play with Stamkos and Johnson | 04/18/2014 11:36 AM
News
Look for Alex Killorn to take the place of the injured Ondrej Palat on Tampa's top line alongside Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
He has had success alongside Stamkos (who hasn't) and practised on Thursday on the number one unit. If you have daily transactions in your playoff pool, be sure to pick up Killorn for Friday night's contest.
Palat not expected to play Friday v Habs | 04/18/2014 11:33 AM
News
Ondrej Palat is not expected to play Friday night against Montreal in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs.
Chris Johnston Twitter

Impact
He sustained an upper-body inury after being checked by Andrei Markov in Game 1 Wednesday and should be considered day-to-day.
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