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Daniel Briere scores in Game 4 victory | 04/23/2014 8:20 AM
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Daniel Briere gave Montreal a 1-0 lead just 2:24 into the first period.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
The Canadiens had a 3-1 advantage going into the third, but Tampa Bay rallied to even the score. Max Pacioretty scored on the power play to give Montreal a 4-3 win with just 43 seconds left on the clock. Briere logged just 9:34 of ice time in the match, but he did get 1:21 of it on the power play. He had a goal and an assist in four matches during the Habs' sweep of the Lightning.
Shawn Thornton earns an assist in Game 3 | 04/23/2014 8:11 AM
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Shawn Thornton registered an assist and a team-high five hits in Tuesday's win over Detroit.
Boston Herald

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He forecheck helped set up Jordan Caron's goal. Thornton logged only 8:26 of ice time in Game 3, but he played a strong match. He had eight points and 74 penalty minutes in 64 games during the regular season.
Brad Marchand avoids injury in Game 3 | 04/23/2014 8:05 AM
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Brad Marchand was tripped by Brendan Smith's leg in the second and appeared to be hurt on the play.
Boston Herald

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He was able to return, though. Marchand favored his other leg when he went got up, which prompted some criticism on Twitter. "That's why they're on the Twitter-verse and they're not playing in this league," Marchand said. "I twisted my other leg when I landed." He wasn't agitated with Smith for the play and was glad that he escaped without getting injured.
Matt Bartkowski returns from the flu in Gm 3 | 04/23/2014 8:00 AM
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Matt Bartkowski got back in Boston's lineup on Tuesday from the flu.
Boston Herald

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He missed the first two games of Boston's opening round series against Detroit with the illness. "I felt 100 percent the whole time. It was just getting re-acclimated on the first one or two shifts to the speed of the game. It's a pretty fast game," Bartkowski said. "I like playoff hockey. I think it's easier. Everyone's hard on every puck, everyone's hard on every play, so there's nothing really to worry about. You just have to be hard on everything. I like playoff hockey. It's a lot of fun." He was credited with two hits and one shot in 18:34 of ice time.
Torey Krug excited to play vs. hometown team | 04/23/2014 7:53 AM
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Livonia, Michigan-native Torey Krug is pumped up to play in his hometown during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Boston Herald

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"It's going to be exciting. You know you watch a lot of the playoff games growing up and see the octopus thrown on the ice, and as a kid you dream of playing in the playoffs in this building," Krug said before Tuesday night's Game 3. "I probably was thinking I was on the other side. But now I'm excited in the position I'm in and we can come in and be the bad guys." He saw 17:15 of ice time and registered a shot on goal in Tuesday's 3-0 victory. Krug has two assists in three games in the series.
M. Foligno hopes to live up to expectations | 04/23/2014 7:47 AM
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Marcus Foligno understands what his coaches expect him from him and he intends to be better next season.
Buffalo News

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"They've taught me a lot about what it takes to play in this league," Foligno said. "They've been getting some messages across once in a while. If you're ready to play every night, you're going to get ice time. If you're not, the ice time is going to slowly dwindle. I know this summer is a big summer for me. You have to be ready for training camp. I think that's all they want from us. The standards are going to be higher, and they expect more right from the get-go next year." It was a disappointing year for Foligno, who endured six scoring slumps of seven games or more, including a pair of 11-game droughts without a point. He finished the season with seven goals and 19 points in 74 contests. Foligno also had a shoulder injury at the end of the year and it hasn't been determined yet if he'll have surgery.
Patrice Bergeron records 2 points in Gm 3 win | 04/23/2014 7:33 AM
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Patrice Bergeron notched a goal and an assist in Boston's 3-0 win over Detroit in Game 3.
Boston Globe

Impact
He assisted on Dougie Hamilton's game-winning tally on the power play and he added an empty net marker to seal the victory. Bergeron has three points in three games in the series.
Jordan Caron nets his 1st career playoff goal | 04/23/2014 7:27 AM
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Jordan Caron scored his first career playoff goal in Tuesday's win over Detroit.
Boston Globe

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Caron has averaged just under eight minutes in three games during the series. He made the most of his limited action (7:45) when he scored Boston's second marker in a 3-0 win. Caron hadn't scored in the NHL since Oct. 5 and that also came against the Red Wings.
Scheifele feels good, set to play for Canada | 04/23/2014 7:21 AM
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Mark Scheifele feels ready to play after an MCL injury and he's excited to play for Team Canada in the World Hockey Championships.
Winnipeg Free Press

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"I'll be good to go by then. The knee is feeling good," he said. "I've been continuing to skate and work out and get it stronger and it's feeling really good. And there was no surgery and it healed on its own so that's good, too." The Winnipeg Jets struggled without him in the lineup, finishing with a record of 6-9-3 down the stretch. The talented rookie posted 13 goals and 34 points in 63 games.
Quick and Kings lose to Sharks | 04/23/2014 3:56 AM
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Jonathan Quick let in four goals on 40 shots in Los Angeles' 4-3 overtime loss to San Jose Wednesday night, falling behind 3-0 in the series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Quick has now allowed 16 goals in three games against the Sharks in this postseason. The Sharks scored some lucky goals and Quick was very unfortunate in Game 3. Quick now has a 5.78 goals-against average and .852 save percentage. Quick and the Kings have to do better in Game 4 if they want to continue their season.
Gaborik scores in OT loss | 04/23/2014 3:49 AM
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Marian Gaborik scored a goal in Los Angeles' 4-3 overtime loss to San Jose Wednesday night at Staples Center.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
It was Gaborik's first playoff goal with the Kings and it was a highlight-reel goal. He collected the puck near his own blue line and led a 3-on-2 charge toward the other end of the ice. Gaborik blew by Scott Hannan and cut across the crease before flicking a backhand shot past Antti Niemi. Jeff Carter and Jarret Stoll also scored for the Kings, while defenseman Drew Doughty added two helpers in the loss.
Niemi and Sharks win | 04/23/2014 3:43 AM
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Antti Niemi stopped 28 of 31 shots in San Jose's 4-3 overtime win past Los Angeles Wednesday night in Game 3 of the playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Niemi has all San Jose wins in the postseason, thanks largely to all the offensive support he's been receiving from his teammates. Niemi now has a 2.58 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in the postseason.
Sharks wins on Marleau's OT goal | 04/23/2014 3:38 AM
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Patrick Marleau scored a goal and registered an assist in San Jose's 4-3 overtime win over Los Angeles Wednesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Marleau's shot 6:20 into overtime went off the stick of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov and past an unsuspecting Jonathan Quick, and the Sharks claimed a 4-3 victory and a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Marleau has been excellent in the playoffs with five points in three games. Matt Nieto, Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks.
Henrik Lundqvist dominant in NYR victory | 04/22/2014 11:20 PM
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Henrik Lundqvist denied 31 of 32 shots, leading the Blueshirts to a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday night, earning the Rangers a 2-1 series lead.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Lundqvist has put on quite the clinic so far in the postseason, going 2-1 with a .930 save percentage and 1.68 goals against average. The star Swede has lost just once in his past six games, while the 32 year old avenged a weak Game 2 loss.
Ray Emery allows four, Rangers smack Flyers | 04/22/2014 11:14 PM
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Ray Emery allowed four goals on 20 shots and was pulled in favor of the injured Steve Mason late in Tuesday night's Game 3, which the Flyers lost 4-1.
Rotoworld.com

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Mason stopped all three shots he faced in the final eight minutes of the game, meaning Emery might have seen his last action if Mason is good to go for Friday's Game 4. Emery is 1-2 with a .888 save percentage and 3.49 goals against average, signifying that if Philly has any shot at making a run, they will need Mason back tending the pipes.
Mark Streit lights the lamp, Flyers fall flat | 04/22/2014 11:06 PM
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Mark Streit's first goal of the playoffs was all the Flyers could manage against the Rangers in Game 3, as Philadelphia fell 4-1 to New York on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

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The Flyers outshot the Rangers 32-23, but the offense did not spark despite the home crowd "boost." Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux notched the assists on Streit's goal, as the Flyers will try and bounce back on Friday night.
Martin St. Louis keeps rolling, NYR beat PHI | 04/22/2014 11:01 PM
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Martin St. Louis powered the Rangers past the Flyers by a score of 4-1 on Tuesday night with a goal and an assist.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
St. Louis deflected Dan Girardi's point shot past Ray Emery in the second period, and the goal stood up to be the winner. The Rangers steamrolled the Flyers much like they did at home in Game 1. St. Louis has put his post-trade struggles behind him and is riding a five game point streak where he has two goals and seven assists.
Tukka Rask dominates Wings again with shutout | 04/22/2014 10:52 PM
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Tukka Rask fuelled the gritty Bruins past Detroit 3-0 on Tuesday night by stopping all 23 shots directed his way.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Rask has allowed just two goals through the first three games of the series so far. He has a 2-1 record in the playoffs so far with a whopping .976 save percentage and 0.67 goals against average. Rask and the Bruins will hope to make it a 3-1 series lead on Thursday in Detroit. Meanwhile, the Wings and Bruins learned they are playing for the right to face Montreal in Round 2, as the Habs disposed of the Lightning earlier in the evening.
Jimmy Howard stops 31 of 33, takes loss | 04/22/2014 10:43 PM
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Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings fell 3-0 to the Bruins in Game 3 on Tuesday night, falling behind 2-1 in the series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Howard allowed two goals on 33 shots and played a good game. He let in a crisp wrist shot from Dougie Hamilton, and allowed a juicy rebound to let Jordan Caron increase the deficit, but stood tall at other times while the Wings offense was stiffled once again. Both Howard and the Wings' offense will need to step it up if Detroit has any plans of knocking off the NHL-best Bruins.
Gustav Nyquist, Red Wings offense goes quiet | 04/22/2014 10:35 PM
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Gustav Nyquist and the Red Wings were shut out by Tukka Rask and the Bruins in a 3-0 loss in Game 3 on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Nyquist has not scored in nine games since lighting up the NHL with 12 goals in 13 games right before this slump. The Red Wings need to find a way to solve the Bruins' stingy defense and goaltender, as they have managed just two goals in three games. The offense will look to get going on Thursday night.
Dougie Hamilton scores winner for Bruins | 04/22/2014 10:31 PM
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Dougie Hamilton stickhandled down the length of the ice and fired home the game-winning goal to lift Boston to a Game 3 victory over Detroit.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Hamilton's wrister near the top of the faceoff circle beat Jimmy Howard, and put the Bruins ahead 1-0 in a game they held on to win 3-0. Boston takes the series lead 2-1 as the teams get a day off on Wednesday before Thursday's Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena.
Gudlevskis' valiant effort not enough for TB | 04/22/2014 10:26 PM
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Kristers Gudlevskis did all he could to save Tampa Bay's season, saving 16 of 17 in 34 minutes of action, but ultimately let through the game-winning goal that eliminated the Bolts from the post-season.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Another poor start from Anders Lindback made the Bolts turn to the 21 year old rookie midway through the second period, trailing 3-1. Gudlevskis answered the call, stopping the first 16 shots he faced as Tampa tied the game at three. A last minute power play for Montreal however turned out to be the difference, as Max Pacioretty shovelled the winning goal through the five-hole with 43 seconds remaining. The Habs swept the best of seven series four games to none.
Anders Lindback fails to help Bolts, yanked | 04/22/2014 10:20 PM
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Anders Lindback disappointed his team yet again, allowing three goals on 20 shots before getting the hook in Game 4's loss to Montreal on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Bolts were a different team with Lindback tending the pipes instead of the injured Ben Bishop, who put together a Vezina calibre season that led the team to the playoffs. The 25 year old Lindback went 0-3 in the playoffs with a .881 save percentage and 3.91 goals against average.
Ondrej Palat, Lightning eliminated in four | 04/22/2014 10:14 PM
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Ondrej Palat's superb rookie season may be over, but he didn't go down quietly, scoring a shorthanded goal and adding an assist in Game 4's loss to the Habs on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Palat helped the Bolts back into the game, which they trailed 2-0 and then 3-1 in the third period. But a late penalty and the last-minute game-winning goal by Montreal finished the sweep and sent the Bolts packing. Palat is a solid candidate for the Calder Trophy after notching 59 points in the regular season, and then five more in the playoffs while maintaining a +35 rating during the season and playoffs combined.
Carey Price helps Habs complete the sweep | 04/22/2014 10:02 PM
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Carey Price made 20 saves on 23 shots as the Habs beat Tampa Bay 4-3 in Game 4 to sweep the Bolts and advance to the second round of the playoffs on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Price does not have dazzling numbers these playoffs, with just a .912 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average, but none of that matters. The 26 year-old is 4-0 and has his team through to the next round. Price and the Habs will take at least a week off before facing off against the winner of the Detroit - Boston series.
Max Pacioretty's late goal finishes off Bolts | 04/22/2014 9:52 PM
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Max Pacioretty chose a fine time to score his first goal of the playoffs, beating Kristers Gudlevskis in the final minute of Game 4 to put the Habs up 4-3 and complete the sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Bolts overcame a two goal deficit to tie the game midway through the third period, thanks in part to Gudlevskis' strong play in relief of Anders Lindback. But Cedric Paquette's tripping penalty with just over two minutes remaining gave the Habs a chance to redeem themselves, and Pacioretty did just that. He slid a slow shot through the five hole to help Montreal advance to the second round. The Habs will have more than a few days off as they await the completion of the Detroit - Boston series.
Jonathan Quick looking to rebound in Game 3 | 04/22/2014 9:36 PM
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The last time Jonathan Quick allowed 12 goals in back-to-back playoff games was in 2011, during a first round series against the very same San Jose Sharks.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Quick responded to those awful performances in Games 3 & 4 by making 51 saves in a 3-1 Game 5 victory three years ago. The star goalie will hope for a similar rebound Tuesday night when the Kings try to fight their way back into the series at home.
Radko Gudas (lower body) is out for Game 4 | 04/22/2014 6:40 PM
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Radko Gudas has sustained a lower-body injury.
Erik Erlendsson on Twitter

Impact
Gudas will not be available on Tuesday as a result. Tampa Bay is down 3-0 in its first round series to Montreal, so if the Lightning don't win this game, then Gudas will have all summer to recover.
Brenden Dillon takes part in practice | 04/22/2014 6:37 PM
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Brenden Dillon (lower body) participated in the Stars' practice on Tuesday.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
"Today was a big step," Dillon said. "I've skated the last two days on my own. I guess I was the best player on the ice the last two days being on my own, but being out here with the guys today was good, getting up to the pace. It is feeling better and better." Stars coach Lindy Ruff cautioned that he's still a long shot to return for Game 4. Dillon hasn't played since April 11.
Cory Conacher hopes he can stay with Buffalo | 04/22/2014 6:01 PM
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At the age of 24, Cory Conacher is already on his third NHL team, but he's hoping that he can stick with Buffalo.
Buffalo News

Impact
"I want to be with this team longer than I've been with Tampa and Ottawa," Conacher said. "I want to help this team win games. I want to be part of the solution that Tim Murray and Teddy Nolan are planning with this team." That will depend on whether Sabres GM Murray wants to make Conacher a qualifying offer before he becomes a free agent. Conacher had a strong start to his career in Tampa Bay when he was playing alongside Steven Stamkos, but the Lightning traded him and his tenure with Ottawa ended with him being waived. He had just seven goals and 26 points in 79 contests as a sophomore.
Gibbons practices, no timetable for return | 04/22/2014 5:38 PM
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Brian Gibbons (undisclosed) took part in Tuesday's optional practice.
Penguins.nhl.com

Impact
Gibbons missed Game 3 on Monday due to the ailment. "There's no timetable right now," Gibbons said. "I just went out and got a skate. It felt good to skate. That's all I know." He got an opportunity to play alongside Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby before he got hurt.
Steve Mason (upper body) will backup Tuesday | 04/22/2014 5:25 PM
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Steve Mason (upper body) is healthy enough to serve as Philadelphia's backup goaltender on Tuesday.
Flyers.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Ray Emery will still start for the Flyers. With Mason back, Emery will be on a shorter leash, but Emery's been solid thus far and it wouldn't be surprising if Philadelphia ran with him until he gives them a reason to do otherwise.
Toews, Kane are back together on first line | 04/22/2014 5:21 PM
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Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are likely to stick together after being reunited on the top line on Monday.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
Bryan Bickell rounded out Chicago's first line. Toews scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 4:10 of the first period. "As you go through a series you look for things that might possibly work," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought that line was effective (Monday night). There's a lot of ability there." Chicago will attempt to even its series against St. Louis in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Joe Pavelski's back on the Sharks' first line | 04/22/2014 4:48 PM
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Joe Pavelski practiced on the Sharks' top line on Tuesday.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Pavelski skated alongside Joe Thornton and Brent Burns. That's been his regular spot lately, but he did spend part of Game 2 on the third line, so that's why this is noteworthy. Sharks coach Todd McLellan has been toying with the idea of moving Pavelski to the third line for a while to balance the lines.
Briere: We don't want to dismiss Tampa Bay | 04/22/2014 4:41 PM
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Daniel Briere doesn't want to write off the Tampa Bay Lightning in Montreal's first round series.
Calgary Sun

Impact
Montreal has a 3-0 lead going into Game 4 on Tuesday. "The Lightning are a tenacious team," said Briere. "We saw it this year after they lost Stamkos (with a broken leg in November). Everyone expected them to fall apart and they did the opposite, they came together and finished strong to come second in the division. I expect the same from them tonight. They've faced adversity before and they won't give up that easily." They overcame the loss of Stamkos in large part due to the efforts of Martin St. Louis and Ben Bishop. St. Louis is gone after demanding a trade and Bishop is hurt, which makes the Lightning's nearly impossible task all the more daunting.
Cooper feels Game 3 was their best contest | 04/22/2014 4:38 PM
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Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper gave a positive assessment of his team despite the fact that they're down 3-0 in their first round series against Montreal.
Calgary Sun

Impact
"Just look at Game 3, we played in an extremely hostile, tough environment and I thought we played our best game. The guys are learning, the guys are finding out what playoff hockey is all about and we're getting better. The problem is now we're running out of time so getting better is just not good enough anymore. Now we have to be great," Cooper said. The odds of the Lightning coming back from a 3-0 deficit is minimal, but they still might be able to make Montreal sweat before finally being eliminated.
Erik Cole was a healthy scratch Monday | 04/22/2014 4:35 PM
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Sabres coach Lindy Ruff confirmed that Erik Cole was a healthy scratch and not an injured player on Monday.
Mike Heika on Twitter

Impact
Cole logged 10:11 minutes in Game 2 on Friday. The 35-year-old forward has declined steeply over the last couple of seasons after recording 61 points in 2011-2012. We wouldn't count on him bouncing back next season.
Mark Fayne has groin surgery | 04/22/2014 4:30 PM
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Mark Fayne underwent successful groin surgery.
Devils.nhl.com

Impact
Fayne will need eight-to-10 weeks to recovery, so he should be fine for the start of the 2014-15 campaign. Still, this development is somewhat noteworthy because he's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Daniel Carcillo might enter lineup Tuesday | 04/22/2014 3:25 PM
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The New York Rangers might use Daniel Carcillo Tuesday night.
The Bergen Record

Impact
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wouldn't confirm the lineup change, but he was more than willing to praise Carcillo. "Dan's an experienced player, he brings energy to a team," Vigneault said. "He's a hard, smart player. He goes to the tough areas and when he has an opportunity to lay a good, physical hit, he does that. With him in our lineup this year, we've had a very good record." Jesper Fast will probably be a healthy scratch if Carcillo draws into the lineup.
John Klingberg (hip) undergoes surgery | 04/22/2014 3:22 PM
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John Klingberg has undergone hip surgery.
Mark Stepneski on Twitter

Impact
This is just an FYI as Klingberg will still be fine for the start of training camp. He had 11 goals and 28 points in 50 games in Sweden this season.
Jaynen Rissling signs with Nashville | 04/22/2014 2:50 PM
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Jaynen Rissling and the Nashville Predators have agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract.
NHL.com

Impact
Rissling had 37 points and 105 penalty minutes in 54 games this season with the WHL Calgary Hitmen. Ht was originally taken in the seventh round by the Washington Capitals in 2012, but Washington later sent him to Nashville in exchange for a 2014 seventh round pick.
Garrett Noonan agrees to entry-level deal | 04/22/2014 2:47 PM
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Garrett Noonan has signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the Nashville Predators.
NHL.com

Impact
Noonan has 20 points and 42 penalty minutes in 32 NCAA games with the Boston University. He was taken in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Predators.
Fedor Tyutin is doubtful Wednesday | 04/22/2014 2:39 PM
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Fedor Tyutin (undisclosed) wasn't on the ice for Columbus' optional Tuesday morning skate.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter

Impact
Tyutin probably won't play in Game 4 on Wednesday. He also missed Monday's contest due to the ailment.
Matt Cooke's hearing will happen Wednesday | 04/22/2014 2:37 PM
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Matt Cooke's hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.
Pierre LeBrun on Twitter

Impact
The NHL offered Cooke an in-person hearing, which allows them to suspend him for five games or more. Cooke delivered a knee-on-knee hit to Colorado's Tyson Barrie, who will consequently miss four-to-six weeks with an MCL injury.
Devils sign Graham Black to three-year deal | 04/22/2014 2:14 PM
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Graham Black has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils.
The Bergen Record

Impact
Black had 34 goals and 97 points in 69 games with the WHL Swift Current Broncos this season. He was taken with the 135th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Ryan Wilson will replace Barrie for Game 4 | 04/22/2014 2:13 PM
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Avalanche coach Patrick Roy has confirmed that Ryan Wilson will play in Game 4 of their first round series against Minnesota.
Adrian Dater on Twitter

Impact
Wilson had six assists in 28 games in 2013-14. He is replacing Tyson Barrie, who is out four-to-six weeks with an MCL injury.
Colorado calls up Joey Hishon | 04/22/2014 1:47 PM
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Joey Hishon has been summoned by the Colorado Avalanche.
Avalanche.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Hishon has 10 goals and 24 points in 50 AHL games this season. He hasn't made his NHL debut yet.
Vincent Lecavalier moves up to second line | 04/22/2014 1:45 PM
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Vincent Lecavalier is projected to center the second line in Game 3 on Tuesday.
NHL.com

Impact
Lecavalier averaged just 8:24 minutes of ice time in the Flyers' first two games of the 2014 playoffs. He didn't live up to expectations during the regular season, but he's still a major offensive threat. His linemates will likely be Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.
Rangers haven't let Claude Giroux get a SOG | 04/22/2014 1:42 PM
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Claude Giroux hasn't recorded a shot on goal yet in the 2014 playoffs.
NHL.com

Impact
Giroux has an assist and plus-three rating in two games, but the Flyers are hoping to get more out of him offensively. "He worked hard, and you've got to keep continuing to work hard and find shots," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "They're tight-checking [and] they're good at it. . He's going to get checked. He's got to fight through it. He understands that. He's working hard and doing that." Giroux ranked third in the NHL with 86 points in 82 games this season.
Los Angeles calls up Colin Fraser | 04/22/2014 1:17 PM
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The Los Angeles Kings have promoted Colin Fraser.
Jon Rosen on Twitter

Impact
Fraser successfully cleared waivers in February and was sent to the minors. He had three goals and six points in 10 AHL games. He also had two assists and 30 penalty minutes in 33 contests with Los Angeles in 2013-14.
Steve Downie (UBI) is now out indefinitely | 04/22/2014 1:11 PM
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Steve Downie (upper body) is officially out "indefinitely" as opposed to day-to-day.
Frank Seravalli on Twitter

Impact
It's believed that Downie's upper-body injury is actually a concussion. He previously suffered one in November and Frank Seravalli's sources believe that his current symptoms stem from that injury. If that's the case, then Downie played through the head injury for the better part of the season, which would be a troubling and disturbing revelation to say the least.
Bartkowski (flu) will take part in warmups | 04/22/2014 1:01 PM
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Matt Bartkowski (flu) will take part in Boston's pregame warmup on Tuesday.
Dan Rosen on Twitter

Impact
It still remains to be seen if Bartkowski will be able to play in the contest. He missed Boston's first two playoff games.
Joakim Andersson will draw into Wings' lineup | 04/22/2014 12:54 PM
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Joakim Andersson will make his 2014 playoff debut on Tuesday.
Ansar Khan on Twitter

Impact
Andersson is projected to play alongside Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco. The Red Wings needed to make an adjustment because Daniel Alfredsson is dealing with a back injury.
Wings lose Daniel Alfredsson to back injury | 04/22/2014 12:52 PM
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Daniel Alfredsson is dealing with a back injury.
Ansar Khan on Twitter

Impact
Alfredsson will miss Game 3 of Detroit's playoff series against Boston as a result. He previously was unavailable for the Red Wings' regular season finale and six games in January due to back issues. He had no points or shots on goal in two playoff contests.
Anders Lindback will start on Tuesday | 04/22/2014 12:45 PM
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Anders Lindback will play between the pipes on Tuesday.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

Impact
With Ben Bishop hurt, the Lightning have been forced to go with Lindback in their first round series against Montreal. Lindback has a 3.49 GAA and .888 save percentage in three straight playoff losses and consequently Tampa Bay is in danger of being eliminated Tuesday night.
Ben Bishop (elbow) skates Tuesday | 04/22/2014 12:43 PM
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Ben Bishop (elbow) was on the ice for about 15 minutes on Tuesday.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

Impact
Bishop won't be available for Game 4 though as the Lightning try to avoid elimination. Ultimately, Tampa Bay's problems in this series go beyond its goaltending, but Bishop was a big part of this team's regular season success and losing him for the postseason hurt.
Martin St. Louis goes for 4th Lady Byng win | 04/22/2014 12:23 PM
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Martin St. Louis has been selected as a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy.
NHL.com

Impact
The Lady Byng Trophy is given to players that excel on the ice while staying within the rules of the league far more than most. St. Louis is going for his fourth win in five seasons after recording 69 points and 10 penalty minutes in 81 games. If he does claim the award for the fourth time, he'll join Wayne Gretzky, Red Kelly, Frank Boucher, and Pavel Datsyuk as the only other players to do so.
O'Reilly, Marleau, St. Louis up for Lady Byng | 04/22/2014 12:20 PM
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Ryan O'Reilly is one of the three finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy.
NHL.com

Impact
Patrick Marleau and Martin St. Louis are the other nominees. The Lady Byng Trophy rewards "sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct" married with a "high standard of playing ability." What that typically translates to is a player that gets a lot of points while ending up with very few penalty minutes. By that standard, O'Reilly seems like a good bet to win the award after recording 64 points and just two penalty minutes in 80 games. He is only the second player in NHL history to record two or less PIM while playing in at least 80 contests with the other being Lady Byng winner Butch Goring in 1977-78.
Patrick Marleau is a Lady Byng finalist | 04/22/2014 12:15 PM
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Patrick Marleau is one of the finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy.
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The Lady Byng Trophy goes to the player who has a great season while also exemplifying sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. Marleau had 33 goals and 70 points in 82 contests while spending 18 minutes in the sin bin. If he won the award, it would be the first time it has gone to a San Jose Sharks player.
Jack Johnson ties NHL playoff record | 04/22/2014 12:09 PM
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Jack Johnson tied an NHL record for defensemen by scoring a goal in three straight contests to start the playoffs.
Brent Wallace on Twitter

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Johnson is already approaching his regular season goal total of five in 82 games. He'll slow down of course, but he's been one of the Blue Jackets' top offensive contributors so far.
Jussi Jokinen gets credited with Monday's GWG | 04/22/2014 10:58 AM
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Jussi Jokinen scored the game-winning goal in Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory on Monday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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The goal was initially credited to Olli Maatta, who now has an assist instead. This is Jokinen's fourth career playoff game-winning goal.
Brooks Orpik scores buzzer beater Monday | 04/22/2014 10:53 AM
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Brooks Orpik scored with less than two seconds remaining in the second period of Monday's game.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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It was Pittsburgh's first goal of the contest and started their come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 3 of the first round. Orpik has two goals and 15 points in 90 career playoff games.
Beau Bennett records two assists vs. CBJ | 04/22/2014 10:50 AM
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Beau Bennett had two assists in Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Bennett has a goal and three assists in three playoff games. He was limited to just 21 games in 2013-14, but is a good candidate to breakout next season by recording about 50 points if he can stay healthy.
Mike Smith is sure he can rebound | 04/22/2014 10:39 AM
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Mike Smith is confident that he can rebound after an up-and-down season.
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette

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Smith ended up with a 2.64 GAA and .915 save percentage in 62 games this season. "I think I learned a lot about myself this year going through that again," Smith said. "To have success and then to be able to keep that was a challenge, and I think I found a way out of it this year and obviously I'll learn from that and be a better goalie because of it." He comes with an average annual cap hit of $5,666,667 through 2018-19.
Steve Mason: There's no reason to pull Emery | 04/22/2014 10:33 AM
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Steve Mason (upper body) isn't sure that he would start on Tuesday even if he was healthy.
CSN Philadelphia

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Mason credited Ray Emery with leading the Flyers to victory in Game 2. "I think even if I was ready there's no reason to take him out right now," Mason said. Either way, Mason remains day-to-day and won't be available on Tuesday.
Olli Jokinen joins Team Finland | 04/22/2014 10:29 AM
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Olli Jokinen will play for Team Finland in the 2014 World Championship.
Antti Makinen on Twitter

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Jokinen had two goals and four points in six Olympic games in 2014 to help the team win a bronze medal. He has 19 goals and 41 points in 82 career World Championship games.
Pekka Rinne joins Team Finland | 04/22/2014 10:28 AM
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Pekka Rinne will play for Team Finland in the 2014 World Championship.
Antti Makinen on Twitter

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Rinne was limited to just 24 games with Nashville in 2013-14, so this is an opportunity for him to get a bit more playing time under his belt before he starts the summer. He previously played for Finland in the 2009 and 2010 World Championships.
Isles to host Sept. game at Barclays Center | 04/22/2014 10:14 AM
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The New York Islanders will participate in a preseason game at Barclays Center on Sept. 26.
Islanders.nhl.com

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Barclays Center will become the Islanders' new home starting with the 2015-16 campaign. The Islanders have already played in one previous exhibition match in the arena. "We are extremely excited to play our second game at Barclays Center," Islanders GM Garth Snow said. "It was a special night, seeing all of our passionate fans pack the building last September and hearing the 'Lets Go Islanders' chant throughout the game. We are looking forward to making Brooklyn our home the following season. This is a great way for our fans to see how easy the commute is to this world class facility in Brooklyn, the friendly staff that awaits them as they walk through the entrance, and the numerous amenities that only Barclays Center offers."
Blues ease Patrik Berglund back into lineup | 04/22/2014 10:09 AM
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Patrik Berglund logged just 11:01 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Monday night in Game 3.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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He played with Ryan Reaves and Brenden Morrow in the contest. "You're walking into a hornets' nest and that's why we're starting him a little bit on the lower side of the roster, to see where he's at from being able to keep up mentally," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I think the first game back for [T.J. Oshie] was really rich, walking into something like that. We expect the same for Bergy." Berglund won 5-of-8 faceoffs and finished with a minus-1 rating in the Blues' 2-0 loss to Chicago.
Mats Zuccarello disagrees with diving call | 04/22/2014 10:07 AM
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Mats Zuccarello disputed the diving penalty he received in Game 2 on Sunday.
The Bergen Record

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"I think everybody who watches me play knows I'm not a diver so I think you get pretty irritated right there when you think it's a bad call," Zuccarello said. He added that he's looking to move past it and focus on Game 3. He has a goal and an assist in the first round series.
Linden Vey returns to the minors | 04/22/2014 10:01 AM
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Linden Vey has been sent to the minors by the Los Angeles Kings.
LAKingsInsider.com

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The Kings might follow that up by summoning Colin Fraser, but that move hasn't been announced yet. Vey had five assists in 18 games with the Kings in 2013-14.
Oilers name Bill Scott assistant GM | 04/22/2014 9:55 AM
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The Edmonton Oilers have hired Bill Scott to serve as the team's assistant general manager.
Edmonton Sun

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Scott has spent the last four seasons as the GM of the AHL Oklahoma City Barons. The Barons has made the playoffs in each of his four campaigns and they made it to the Western Conference Finals in 2012 and 2013. He'll replace Ricky Olczyk. "Being able to work for the Oilers is tremendous," Scott said. "We've had a great four years in Oklahoma City and I'm looking forward to bringing in the next step of my career and help the Oilers in any way that I can to pursue another Stanley Cup."
Anton Belov didn't want to play for Eakins | 04/22/2014 9:48 AM
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It sounds like Anton Belov's decision to leave Edmonton was at least partially inspired by a desire to get away from coach Dallas Eakins.
Edmonton Sun

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Belov signed with the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg. "There is no one reason that made it an abrupt change," said Belov, per Sovetsky Sports. "It was all building up during the season, especially more so after the Olympics. And the hire of coach (Vyacheslav) Bykov (at SKA) was also an influence. The other point is that I could have re-signed with Edmonton, but I didn't want to stay with that coach." Eakins came under fire for the Oilers' underwhelming performance in his first season as the team's bench boss, but he is still expected to return for the 2014-15 campaign.
Zach Parise earns another assist Monday | 04/22/2014 9:45 AM
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Zach Parise had an assist and seven shots in Minnesota's 1-0 win over Colorado in Game 3 on Monday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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He hasn't scored a goal yet in the series, but he leads the team in points with four. Parise has been credited with 15 shots and he's had his chances to score, so it probably won't be long before he starts to get going.
Atkinson nets his 1st career postseason goal | 04/22/2014 9:44 AM
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Cam Atkinson found the back of the net in Game 3 of Columbus' first round series against Pittsburgh.
Columbus Dispatch

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It was Atkinson's first career playoff goal. He broke out in the regular season with 21 goals and 40 points in 79 games.
Brandon Dubinsky picks up two assists Monday | 04/22/2014 9:42 AM
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Brandon Dubinsky had two assists in Columbus' 4-3 loss on Monday.
Columbus Dispatch

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That gives Dubinsky four points in three playoff games in 2014. He had 16 goals and 50 points in 76 contests this season.
Blue Jackets physical against Penguins Monday | 04/22/2014 9:40 AM
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Columbus outhit Pittsburgh 65-32 in Game 3 on Monday.
Columbus Dispatch

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Blake Comeau led the attack for the Blue Jackets with eight hits in the contest. It didn't end up turning the tide in this match as Pittsburgh still won 4-3, but Penguins coach Dan Bylsma acknowledged the disparity. "I don't want to say it's not a concern," Bylsma said. "They're a physical group and they come after you. But tonight I feel like we had the puck an awful lot in the offensive zone. If that's them coming after us and hitting us there, so be it."
Boone Jenner nets his first playoff goal | 04/22/2014 9:37 AM
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Boone Jenner scored his first career playoff goal on Monday.
Columbus Dispatch

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Jenner is now on a five-game point streak that dates back to the regular season. The 20-year-old rookie has three points in three postseason contests.
Blue Jackets blow another 3-1 lead | 04/22/2014 9:35 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets coughed up a 3-1 lead in the span of 2:13 minutes on Monday.
Columbus Dispatch

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The Penguins scored three goals in that 2:13-minute span early in the third period en route to a 4-3 victory. Oddly enough, in all three games of this series, the team that has taken a 3-1 lead has gone on to lose the contest. "You don't want to have a 3-1 lead," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards joked. Regardless of the trend, this loss was particularly brutal for Columbus. The team had a real opportunity to put the pressure on Pittsburgh after tying the series in Game 2. Instead, the Penguins have regained home ice advantage and the series lead.
Jamie Benn stays hot, scores GWG in Game 3 | 04/22/2014 9:31 AM
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Jamie Benn tallied the game-winning goal for Dallas in a 3-0 win against Anaheim in Game 3 Monday night.
Dallas Morning News

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He got the Stars on the board late in the first period. The team added goals in the second (Valeri Nichushkin) and in the third (Ryan Garbutt) for their first win of the 2014 NHL playoffs. The Ducks lead the series 2-1 and Dallas will be looking to even it up on Wednesday. Benn has two goals and one helper in three postseason games. He has picked up at least one point in each of his last eight contests, dating back to the regular season.
Ducks look to add traffic versus Lehtonen | 04/22/2014 9:25 AM
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Anaheim's typically potent offense went cold on Monday.
Orange County Register

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The Ducks had 28 shots on goal, but suffered a 3-0 loss to Dallas in Game 3 of their first round series. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen got the shutout for the Stars. "I think we need a little more traffic and second opportunities," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "A lot of the pucks that he saw tonight, he saw them all the way. You're not going to beat a goalie like that. He's world-class." Anaheim has already shown they can beat Lehtonen in this series and they're likely to make things tough for him in Game 4.
Valeri Nichushkin pots his first playoff goal | 04/22/2014 9:21 AM
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Valeri Nichushkin registered his first career Stanley Cup Playoffs goal on Monday night.
Dallas Morning News

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He scored late in the second period of Game 3 in Dallas' 3-0 triumph to get back into the series against Anaheim. Nichushkin has two points in three games. The rookie winger recorded 14 goals and 34 points in 79 games during the regular season.
Stephane Robidas (leg) done for postseason | 04/22/2014 9:21 AM
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Stephane Robidas suffered a broken right leg during Monday's game against Dallas.
Orange County Register

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Robidas will miss the rest of the playoffs as a result. This is a very unfortunate setback for everyone involved. Robidas logged a little over 20 minutes for the Ducks in Games 1 and 2 of their first round series against Dallas, which highlights how much Anaheim has come to rely on him since he was acquired from the Stars in March. At the age of 37, it's also possible that this is bringing an end to Robidas' last postseason run.
Matt Cooke gets offered an in-person hearing | 04/22/2014 8:59 AM
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Matt Cooke has been offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety after his knee-on-knee hit on Colorado's Tyson Barrie.
NHL Player Safety on Twitter

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The incident occurred early in the second period and it earned Cooke a two minute penalty for kneeing. He could face a much stiffer penalty from the league for the play.
Ryan Wilson or Elliott set to play in Game 4 | 04/22/2014 8:53 AM
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Ryan Wilson may suit up in Game 4 for Colorado now that Tyson Barrie is injured.
Denver Post

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Coach Patrick Roy said that either Wilson or Stefan Elliott would play because Barrie is out for four to six weeks with an MCL injury.
Tyson Barrie out 4-6 weeks with MCL injury | 04/22/2014 8:50 AM
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Tyson Barrie will be sidelined for the next four-to-six weeks with a medial collateral ligament injury.
Denver Post

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He was hurt early in the second period when he collided knee-to-knee with Minnesota's Matt Cooke at the blueline. Barrie led Colorado's defense corps with 13 goals during the regular season and he recorded 38 points in 64 games. His offensive abilities from the point will be sorely missed.
Sheldon Brookbank fills in nicely for Hawks | 04/22/2014 8:41 AM
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Sheldon Brookbank made his playoff debut on Monday in Game 3 and he played well.
Chicago Sun-Times

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He notched an assist and two blocks in 14:32 of ice time. Brookbank got a chance to play because of Brent Seabrook's suspension, which will last for another two games.
Bryan Bickell picks up eight hits in Game 3 | 04/22/2014 8:37 AM
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Bryan Bickell racked up eight hits in Game 3 versus St. Louis.
Chicago Sun-Times

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The 2013-14 campaign has been disappointing for Bickell after he signed a four-year, $16 million contract in the summer. He was excellent in the playoffs a year ago, which helped him earn that deal, but he doesn't have a point in three contests yet this series. If he can recapture some of that magic then he could erase some of the hardships he endured during the regular season.
Michal Handzus sacrifices in Game 3 win | 04/22/2014 8:30 AM
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Michal Handzus saw just 12:18 of ice time in Game 3, but he made an impact.
Chicago Sun-Times

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He was credited with three blocked shots and he picked up an assist on Marcus Kruger's empty net goal in Chicago's 2-0 victory. "The doctor - he's a warrior," coach Joel Quenneville said. "You can't say enough to what he brings the team and the little things he does so well. He leaves it out there. He's a great pro." 3:45 of his ice time was spent on the penalty kill and his fearlessness inspired his teammates in the contest. Handzus is a good leader for the Blackhawks, but he doesn't have much in the way of fantasy relevance.
Thomas Vanek not thinking about free agency | 04/22/2014 8:05 AM
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Thomas Vanek is staying focused on the playoffs and not on his expiring contract.
Montreal Gazette

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"I haven't worried about a contract since last summer," Vanek said Monday. "It's not fair right now to anyone to even think about it. We're here to win the playoff game (Tuesday). There's still lots of time (after the season's over)." Montreal is his third team this year and he recorded 15 points in 18 games with the Canadiens during the regular season. He has a goal and a helper in three playoff contests. Vanek is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer.
Travis Moen receives green light for contact | 04/22/2014 7:58 AM
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Travis Moen (concussion) was cleared for contact on Monday.
Montreal Gazette

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He practiced fully with his teammates for the first time, but he needs a few more sessions before he's ready to return to the lineup. Moen suffered a concussion in a fight with Boston's Kevan Miller back on March 24 and he hasn't played since.
Max Pacioretty looking for more production | 04/22/2014 7:55 AM
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Max Pacioretty has no goals and one assist in three games against Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs.
Montreal Gazette

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However, coach Michel Therrien isn't concerned because Pacioretty has 10 shots and his linemates (Thomas Vanek and David Desharnais) have both recorded goals. Pacioretty has had his fair share of scoring chances, so it may not be long before he finds the back of the net.
Cory Conacher hopes to bounce back next year | 04/22/2014 7:49 AM
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Cory Conacher notched three goals and three assists in 19 games with the Buffalo Sabres after he was claimed off waivers from Ottawa on March 5.
Buffalo News

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He didn't have a point in his last eight games and his ice time dropped as a result. Conacher had also been drawing plenty of penalties, but in Buffalo he wasn't as effective. He was assessed eight penalties in Buffalo and drew only nine. Conacher wants to get back on track next season. "Maybe I came in in a tough situation, but it's always exciting to come back to Buffalo," he said. "I played here four years, and it's so close to home. This is a team that's going to be exciting in the near future. Obviously, right now we're rebuilding, but I don't think that rebuilding stage will last very long with this team."
Panthers sign prospect Connor Brickley | 04/22/2014 7:37 AM
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Florida has signed Connor Brickley to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

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He produced 15 points in 35 games this season for the University of Vermont and finished the season with Florida's AHL affiliate in San Antonio, where he had a goal and an assist in eight outings. "It's good to see. He's a hard-nosed kid that hits hard and skates hard," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. "He's going to be a guy who fills a great role and a great need for our franchise, a guy with some tremendous hitting ability and with a lot of inspiration, desire and spirit." Brickley was selected in the second round (50th overall) of the 2010 draft.
Bartkowski (flu) skates, still day-to-day | 04/22/2014 7:29 AM
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Matt Bartkowski (flu) skated on Monday in an optional practice.
Boston Herald

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He has missed the first two games of Boston's opening round series with Detroit due to the flu and he's still considered day-to-day. "We've talked about Matt Bartkowski being out for that long and being sick," coach Claude Julien said. "We have to allow him to skate a little bit and get himself back into the groove of things before you throw him into a game." As a result, he may not be ready to play in Game 3 on Tuesday night.
Daniel Paille skates Mon. in optional session | 04/22/2014 7:26 AM
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Daniel Paille (upper body) participated in an optional practice on Monday.
Boston Herald

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He didn't take part in contact drills and it sounds like he's still a ways away from returning. "Dan Paille's out there right now skating, so that's the right direction, but we'll have to go about our injuries just like we normally would, in a safe and proper manner," said coach Claude Julien.
Healthier Loui Eriksson has been good for B's | 04/22/2014 7:20 AM
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Coach Claude Julien feels that Loui Eriksson has played more like himself of late.
Boston Herald

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"Loui has just been good for us ever since he got over those injuries. He's a player that everybody from our organization saw him as being," Julien said. "He's great up front, he's a smart player, he manages the puck well, he doesn't make many mistakes, and he's a guy that's always been good in front of the net as well. I know we've got him on the half wall because we've got a different type of power play, but the 5-on-3, he's the designated guy to be in front of the net because he's good at it. So that's an area he excels in, and he did a great job." Eriksson finished the regular season with 17 points in his last 22 games. He has an assist and four shots in two playoff contests.
Andersen and Ducks lose | 04/22/2014 3:31 AM
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Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on 22 shots in Anaheim's 3-0 loss to Dallas Monday evening.
Rotoworld.com

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Andersen didn't play so well in Game 3 than he played in the first two games of the series. Though you can't blame Andersen for the loss, because the Ducks wasn't able to score in the game. The Ducks and the Stars will face again on Wednesday night and Andersen should get the start also then.
Lehtonen leads Stars past Ducks in Game 3 | 04/22/2014 3:26 AM
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Kari Lehtonen stopped was perfect and stopped all 37 shots he faced in Dallas' 3-0 win over Anaheim in Game 3 Monday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Lehtonen had a rough start to the series against Anaheim with two losses and only .870 save percentage. Now Lehtonen was rock solid for the entire 60 minutes, making several big saves, including a diving stop on Anaheim center Saku Koivu early in the second period. It was Lehtonen's first career playoff victory and shutout and he should be the starter in Game 4 also on Wednesday.
Garbutt scores in Dallas' win | 04/22/2014 3:20 AM
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Ryan Garbutt scored a goal in Dallas' 3-0 win over Anaheim in Game 3 of their opening round playoff series Monday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Garbutt gave Dallas an insurance goal at 7:52 of the third period when he scored his second of the playoffs off a rebound. Jamie Benn and Valeri Nichushkin also scored for the Stars.
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