League News
Zemgus Girgensons could be an important piece | 04/21/2014 10:31 AM
News
Zemgus Girgensons got to wear an "A" on his jersey for Buffalo's season finale.
Buffalo News

Impact
"It was just an amazing experience to wear the 'A' at age 20. I was pretty shocked," he said. "It was pretty amazing to wear it for just one game. It didn't matter if it was the last game. I still wore it, and I loved it." Coach Ted Nolan loves Girgensons' work ethic and he could be a part of Buffalo's young leadership group moving forward.
Justin Florek scores first playoff goal | 04/21/2014 10:23 AM
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Justin Florek was gifted with his first NHL playoff goal in Game 2.
Boston Herald

Impact
He opened the scoring on Sunday on a bad turnover by Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard. Howard's clearing attempt hit Brendan Smith in the leg and Florek deposited the puck into a yawning cage. "The puck was chipped out when Howard was coming off the play at the end. I was lucky he was firing to his forehand and I tried to read it," Florek said. "The next thing I knew the puck was on my stick. I just turned and fired on net, and the rest is history." He generated a goal and an assist in four outings during the regular season. Florek, who grew up in Marquette, Mich., will get a chance to play in front of family and friends when the series shifts to Detroit this week.
Torey Krug records 2 assists in Game 2 | 04/21/2014 10:15 AM
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Torey Krug registered a pair of helpers in Sunday's Game 2 win against Detroit.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
His two-point effort featured a power-play helper on a goal by Zdeno Chara in the third period. Krug received 18:27 of ice time in the contest, including 2:07 on the power play.
Reilly Smith pots PPG for first playoff tally | 04/21/2014 10:11 AM
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Reilly Smith netted his first career playoff goal in Game 2 on Sunday.
Boston Herald

Impact
He scored on the power play to give Boston a 2-0 lead after the first period in an eventual 4-1 victory. "It definitely gives you confidence and I'm pretty sure the press in Boston, they can get on you if you're not scoring," said Smith. "I've heard - even from Dallas - enough about (Tyler) Seguin and (Jaromir) Jagr not scoring too much in the playoffs last year. It is good to get that one in the back of the net and kind of keep you guys off my back a little bit." He struggled to produce after the Olympic break, but the playoffs is a whole new season for him to rebound in.
B's Kevan Miller returns for playoff debut | 04/21/2014 10:00 AM
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Kevan Miller (flu) got back in the lineup for Game 2 on Sunday.
Boston Herald

Impact
He missed the playoff opener with the flu bug. Miller recorded two penalty minutes, four hits and two blocks during his 19:52 of ice time. It was his first career NHL playoff game. Miller replaced Corey Potter in the lineup.
Milan Lucic scores in Game 2 victory | 04/21/2014 9:56 AM
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Milan Lucic potted his first goal of the postseason in Game 2's 4-1 victory over Detroit.
Boston Herald

Impact
In Game 1 his spear to Dan DeKeyser was a front and center incident, but he made a much more positive impact on Sunday by scoring on a nice set up from linemate Jarome Iginla. Lucic also recorded four hits and two shots in the contest.
Andrew Alberts has a couple of good days | 04/21/2014 9:47 AM
News
Andrew Alberts (concussion) has been headache-free for a couple of days.
Vancouver Province

Impact
This is good news as Alberts suffered his concussion on December 29th and has not played since. He has tried skating a couple of times but has had a recurrence of the symptoms and has been forced to shut it down again. "Health is No. 1 right now. I'm not 22 trying to get back into a game. I'm 33 years old," Alberts said. "I'd like to play again. Absolutely, I'd like to. But No. 1, I'd just like to get healthy. Dealing with headaches every day is not something you want to live with." Alberts suffered a concussion early in his career and said he came back too soon so he is taking no chances at this time. Stay tuned.
Zdeno Chara nearly fights and scores in Gm 2 | 04/21/2014 9:47 AM
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Zdeno Chara was more engaged in Game 2 against Detroit.
Boston Globe

Impact
He nearly participated in fisticuffs with Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith at the end of the first period and scored a power-play goal in the third. Chara was also credited with four hits and two blocks. He ended up logging 26:04 of ice time in Boston's 4-1 win.
Matthew Nieto strikes for two helpers | 04/21/2014 9:42 AM
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Matthew Nieto had two assists on Sunday in the Sharks 7-2 win over Los Angeles.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Nieto has three helpers in two games as the Sharks are getting scoring from everyone up front. He played 12:09 minutes in Game 2.
Tomas Hertl back on the first line | 04/21/2014 9:40 AM
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Tomas Hertl was back on the top line alongside Joe Thornton and Brent Burns on Sunday.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Hertl moved up from the third unit as coach Todd McLellan wanted Joe Pavelski to center the third line. Hertl was held off the scoresheet but had a goal and an assist in the opener. He is worth a middle round pick in drafts next season as he has a chance to explode offensively.
Brad Stuart finds himself healthy in playoffs | 04/21/2014 9:37 AM
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Brad Stuart is finding himself rather healthy in the playoffs thus far.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Stuart was injured just before the Olympic break and sat out six weeks, returning on March 24. The long layoff seemed to heal all his injuries and he and the Sharks are now benefiting from the rest as he has been stellar defensively on the blueline for San Jose through the first two games of the playoffs. He has yet to get a point but is plus-four in the early going.
Justin Braun gets the winner on Sunday | 04/21/2014 9:27 AM
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Justin Braun scored the winner and was plus-three on Sunday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Braun's goal put the Sharks up 3-2 and gave them a lead that they never relinquished. The Sharks have outscored the Kings 13-5 in the first two games of the series but are expecting a much different Los Angeles team for Game 3. "We've had a couple of great nights offensively, but more games like this . . . uhh, no," Braun said. "We obviously can't be disappointed with the goals we've scored, but they're a good team and the games aren't all going to be like this." Game 3 goes on Tuesday at the Staples Center.
Mike Brown has a goal and 12 penalty minutes | 04/21/2014 9:22 AM
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Mike Brown had another big fantasy game for the Sharks on Sunday as he scored and had 12 penalty minutes in only 8:29 minutes of action.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Brown played less than any other Shark but is making the most of his minutes as he has two points in two games. The feisty Brown is playing awfully well defensively as well as a fourth liner.
Andrew Desjardins has big game for Sharks | 04/21/2014 9:20 AM
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Andrew Desjardins had two assists and 10 penalty minutes in the Sharks 7-2 shellacking over the Kings on Sunday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
The Sharks are getting scoring from all four lines as every San Jose forward who has played has at least two points in the series. They are going to be tough to beat if this continues as the Sharks will be tough to defend against.
Marcel Goc skates again on Sunday | 04/21/2014 9:16 AM
News
Marcel Goc (ankle) skated again on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Impact
It was the fourth time in a row for Goc as the Penguins did not have a practice but Goc and players who were healthy scratches in the first two games such as Deryk Engelland, skated. Consider Goc day-to-day but he is doubtful for action on Monday in Game 3.
Blue Jackets giving Pens fits on the pp | 04/21/2014 8:46 AM
News
The Columbus Blue Jackets have been giving the Penguins fits when Pittsburgh has been on the power play in the first two games of the series.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
The Penguins have only 13 shots on goal in 11 power play chances while the Blue Jackets have put four on net while shorthanded. The Penguins have scored three times with the man-advantage but the Blue Jackets have scored twice shorthanded. Game 3 is in Columbus on Monday.
Gibbons day-to-day with undisclosed injury | 04/21/2014 8:42 AM
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Brian Gibbons is day-to-day with his undisclosed injury.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
The Penguins are keeping quiet about the injury Gibbons suffered in the first period after he potted a couple of goals. Consider him questionable for Game 3 at this time.
Keith Yandle needs to work on defensive play | 04/21/2014 8:39 AM
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While Keith Yandle has been a standout offensively, he really needs to work on the defensive side of his game.
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette

Impact
Yandle led the Coyotes in points this season with 53 and was tied for the NHL lead amongst blueliners with 31 power play points as the Coyotes had the fourth most goals (tied) and the fourth best efficiency rating in the NHL on the pp. But defensively it was a different story as Yandle was a minus-23 this season. here's always that risk-reward factor in it," coach Dave Tippett said. "With Yands, his power-play play this year went to another level, went to a level we hadn't seen before. He took a responsibility for improving our power play and a leadership role and did a very good job. That being said, his defensive play is still - it's inconsistent."
Steve Mason no sure thing for Game 3 | 04/21/2014 8:35 AM
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Steve Mason's (upper body) status is still up in the air for Game 3.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
Mason was unable to finish practice on Saturday and last played on April 12 when he faced the Penguins but was pulled in the middle of the game with the upper body injury. If he is unable to go, then Ray Emery will get the start. Emery has played well in the first two games of the series so the Flyers have confidence in their backup netminder.
Luke Schenn scores game winner for the Flyers | 04/21/2014 8:22 AM
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Luke Schenn's second period goal was the winner as the Flyers beat the Rangers 4-2 Sunday.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
It was only his second postseason appearance as Schenn spent the first four seasons of his career playing for Toronto and was dealt to the Flyers in the 2012 off-season. This season was the first time his team had played in the playoffs and he picked up his first goal in only his second playoff game. "It's nice," Schenn said. "Obviously, it's nice to contribute offensively. I try to take care of the D zone first, but it was nice to contribute. In playoffs, it doesn't matter who does it. Everyone's got to chip in."
Big turnaround for Jason Akeson in Game 2 | 04/21/2014 8:18 AM
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It was a big turnaround in Game 2 for Jason Akeson.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
Akeson scored his first NHL playoff goal on Sunday and it came after he took a double minor in Game 1 which resulted in a couple of power play goals for the Rangers which put the game out of reach. His power play goal tied the game at two apiece. "I don't think a bad penalty is going to determine if I play harder or not, I try my hardest no matter what," Akeson said. "It was unfortunate for the first game, but we looked past it. We won the second game, and now we look onto the third."
Brad Richards sees a ton of ice time on pp | 04/21/2014 8:12 AM
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Brad Richards played a whopping 9:21 minutes on the power play Sunday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Rangers were 1-6 with the man-advantage as second unit forward Benoit Pouliot scored the lone goal. After a big three point effort in Game 1, Richards did not garner a point in a 4-2 loss on Sunday.
Martin St. Louis pots a goal against Flyers | 04/21/2014 8:07 AM
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Martin St. Louis scored the opening goal of the game on Sunday in the Rangers 4-2 loss to the Flyers.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
St. Louis drew a couple of assists in Game 1 and has three points in the series. He was acquired at the trade deadline from the Lightning but slumped mightily with the Rangers during the regular season. He has certainly started things off right in the playoffs and now has 71 points in 65 career postseason games.
Mike Richards spears Logan Couture | 04/21/2014 7:29 AM
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Mike Richards picked up a double minor on Sunday for spearing the Sharks Logan Couture with less than six minutes left in the third period.
Los Angeles Times

Impact
The game was long over by then as the Kings trailed 7-2. The NHL could look at the incident but it will likely involve a fine rather than a suspension as that is what Milan Lucic of the Bruins received. It was Richards 100th playoff game of his career.
Matt Greene a minus-four on Sunday | 04/21/2014 7:25 AM
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Matt Greene was a minus-four on Sunday.
Los Angeles Times

Impact
The Kings decided to put Greene in the lineup on Sunday as they went with seven defensemen and only 11 forwards but the move may have backfired as Greene did not have a good game. Stay tuned as it is likely he will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday as the Kings should go back to the traditional 12 forwards and six defensemen.
Jordan Nolan a healthy scratch Sunday | 04/21/2014 7:21 AM
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Jordan Nolan was a healthy scratch on Sunday.
LAKings.com

Impact
He was joined in the press box by Linden Vey and Tanner Pearson. Just an FYI in case you took any of the three late in your playoff pool and was wondering why they were not in the lineup. Nolan played in Game 1 and was in the press box as coach Darryl Sutter went with seven defensemen in the lineup.
Jeff Carter extends point streak to six games | 04/21/2014 7:19 AM
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Jeff Carter had an assist on Sunday and extended his playoff point streak to six games.
LAKings.com

Impact
Carter potted a point in the Kings last four games last season and has continued the streak through the first two games of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. He has a goal and seven points during the streak but he needs to start finding the back of the net as the Kings trail 2-0 in the series against the Sharks.
Trevor Lewis scores in second straight game | 04/21/2014 7:16 AM
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Trevor Lewis scored in his second straight game for the Kings on Sunday.
LAKings.com

Impact
That's the good news. The bad news is that Lewis is the only Los Angeles forward to get the puck past Antti Niemi as the other three goals have been scored by defensemen. Lewis had only six goals and 11 points in 73 regular season games so this offensive outburst has come out of nowhere.
Slava Voynov has five game point streak end | 04/21/2014 7:13 AM
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Slava Voynov had his five game playoff point streak end on Sunday.
LAKings.com

Impact
The streak started last season and continued through Game 1 on Thursday when the defenseman scored in the third period. He had two goals and six points during the streak. Game 3 will take place in Los Angeles on Tuesday with the Kings trailing two games to none.
Curtis Lazar leads the way for the Oil Kings | 04/21/2014 7:09 AM
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Curtis Lazar scored twice to lead the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 3-1 win over Medicine Hat Sunday in Round 3 of the WHL playoffs.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Lazar was selected with the 17th pick in the 2013 Draft by the Ottawa Senators and they are quite high on the youngster who had 41 goals and 76 points in 58 regular season games this season and now has six goals and 15 points in 11 playoff games. "Curtis Laz-ar wants to be a (Na-tion-al Hockey League) play-er, head coach Derek Laxdal said. "He has a goal in mind. He wants to lead this hock-ey club fur-ther and fur-ther in the play-offs, and he's do-ing exact-ly that. He's been an out-stand-ing leader-ship guy for us." You have to be excited if you are an Ottawa Senators fan as Lazar looks to have a big career ahead of him.
Fedor Tyutin unlikely to play in Game 3 | 04/21/2014 7:01 AM
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Fedor Tyutin (undisclosed) is unlikely to play in Game 3 Monday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Tyutin was injured during the first period on Saturday and never returned. Look for either Nick Schultz or Dalton Prout to take his place in the lineup.
Brandon Dubinsky leads the way with 17 hits | 04/21/2014 6:59 AM
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Brandon Dubinsky has 17 hits in the first two games of the series against Pittsburgh.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Dubinsky has played mostly against Sidney Crosby and the matchup will be easier in Games 3 and 4 as the Blue Jackets will have the last change. Coach Todd Richards could not play Dubinsky all the time against Sid the Kid as there were too many penalties and he could not manage it. "I've seen a more-focused Dubinsky," Richards said. "He's taken it to another level. This is the big stage. The big players want to be on the big stage. You want your opportunities in the big moments, and there are plenty of those this time of year."
Nick Foligno cleared to play in Game 3 | 04/21/2014 6:56 AM
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Nick Foligno (knee) has been cleared to play in Game 3.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Foligno was cleared after Game 2 on Saturday and will likely play alongside R.J. Umberger and Artem Anisimov as the series against the Penguins moves to Columbus Monday. He had 18 goals, 39 points and 210 hits this season so his presence in the lineup will provide a boost to the Blue Jackets.
Justin Faulk needed to take on bigger role | 04/21/2014 6:42 AM
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Look for Justin Faulk to take on a bigger role for the Carolina Hurricanes next season.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
Faulk just turned 22 and was a valued member of the American Olympic squad this past season, so he should be expected to provide leadership in 2014-15 for the Hurricanes. "I think I've been put into a position where I need to step up and be more of a leader, whether it's more vocal or coming to the rink ready to work hard every day and show it that way," Faulk said. He had the best offensive season of his young career with five goals and 32 points in 76 games and look for that to increase next season if he remains healthy.
Ducks ink Kenton Helgesen to ELC | 04/21/2014 6:33 AM
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The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Kenton Helgesen to a three-year entry level contract.
Orange County Register

Impact
Helgesen was selected in the seventh round of the 2012 Entry Draft and has played for the last three seasons on the blueline for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. This season he had 10 goals and 51 points in 71 games and chipped in with a goal and an assist in six playoff matches. He will spend at least a few years honing his skills in the minors.
Sharks G Antti Niemi gets win in 7-2 beating | 04/21/2014 1:11 AM
News
Antti Niemi turned aside 24 of the 26 shots he faced as he and the San Jose Sharks crushed the visiting Los Angeles Kings 7-2 Sunday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Sharks lead the best-of-seven series 2-0, and have thoroughly dominated. They won Game 1 6-3. Niemi has both San Jose wins in the post-season, thanks largely to all the offensive support he's been receiving from his teammates. His GAA after the two postseason games this year is 2.50 and his save percentage, .917.
Jonathan Quick gives up seven goals to Sharks | 04/21/2014 1:02 AM
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Incredibly, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has allowed 12 goals in two playoff games against the San Jose Sharks.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Recognized by many as the premier goalie in the NHL, Quick gave up seven goals in the Kings' 7-3 loss to the Sharks in San Jose Sunday night. On Thursday, in Game 1 of this first-round series, Quick allowed five goals on 28 shots before being pulled after two periods in what turned out to be a 6-3 loss in San Jose. The Kings are now down 2-0 in this best-of-seven series. And Quick -- brace yourself -- has a GAA average in the postseason of .720. His save percentage is .824. The roof caved in, er, quickly on the Kings Sunday. They were ahead 2-0 after the first period before surrendering three goals in the second and four goals in the third.
Jake Muzzin scores one of Kings' two goals | 04/21/2014 12:56 AM
News
Jake Muzzin gave the Los Angeles Kings a 1-0 lead in the first period of their playoff game Sunday night before they crumbled and were trounced 7-2 by the Sharks in San Jose.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The loss put the Kings at a 2-0 disadvantage in their opening-round, best-of-seven series with the Sharks. Trevor Lewis had the other Los Angeles goal, also in the first period. The Sharks then proceeded to wipe out the Kings' 2-0 lead by scoring seven consecutive goals in the second and third periods.
Joe Pavelski has three points in Sharks' rout | 04/21/2014 12:52 AM
News
Joe Pavelski registered a goal and had two assists in the San Jose Sharks' 7-2 slaughter of the visiting Los Angeles Kings in playoff competition Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The high-scoring left winger was one of seven different goal scorers for San Jose in a win that put the Sharks ahead 2-0 in their first-round, best-of-seven playoff series against the Kings. Remarkably, the Kings were ahead 2-0 in Sunday's game after the first period. The other goals were produced by Joe Thornton, Raffi Torres, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, Mike Brown and Justin Braun. Dan Boyle, Andrew Desjardins and Matthew Nieto each had two assists for the Sharks. Marleau and Couture also had assists for two-point nights.
G Anders Lindback so-so in latest Tampa loss | 04/20/2014 11:19 PM
News
Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback stopped 28 Montreal shots Sunday night but allowed a relative softy on the first shot he faced, and the Canadiens went on to prevail 3-2.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Lindback, playing in place of injured first-stringer Ben Bishop (elbow), is now 0-3 in the postseason; Tampa Bay is down 0-3 to the Canadiens in the teams' first-round, best-of-seven playoff series. Lindback let down the Lightning only 11 seconds into Sunday's game when he failed to stop a fairly easy wrister from Montreal's Rene Bourque. The Canadiens never trailed in the game. Lindback is not only 0-3 in the series but also has an unimpressive GAA of 3.49 and a save percentage of .891.
Canadiens' G Carey Price records another gem | 04/20/2014 11:13 PM
News
Goalie Carey Price played well, making 27 saves to help the Montreal Canadiens edge the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in Game 3 of the teams' opening-round, playoff series on Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Price has had a first-rate series in winning all three of the games. Price has a GAA of 2.ew in the postseason and a save percentage of .927. He and his teammates can sweep the series in four games with a win in Montreal on Tuesday night.
Steven Stamkos posts two assists in TB defeat | 04/20/2014 11:08 PM
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Superstar Steven Stamkos assisted on both Lightning goals in a 3-2 playoff loss to the Canadiens in Montreal Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Canadiens now lead this best-of-7, first-round playoff series 3-0 with Game 4 in Montreal on Tuesday. Tampa Bay had a scare when Stamkos left the game at 16:09 of the second period with an apparent head injury. Stamkos was skating through the neutral zone when he got tangled up with Canadiens forward Brandon Prust and fell. As he was falling, Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin was skating back toward his own zone when he tried to step over Stamkos and struck him in the head with his right knee. Stamkos went down, tried to get back up and skate to the bench and stumbled before going down on one knee again to wait for the Lightning trainer. A few minutes later he got up and skated to the Lightning dressing room under his own power. Stamkos missed the remainder of the second period, but returned for the third. Ondrej Palat and Matthew Carle scored the TB goals.
Two points for Brendan Gallagher in Habs' win | 04/20/2014 10:58 PM
News
Brendan Gallagher notched two points in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-2 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning in NHL playoff action Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Gallagher scored his second goal of the postseason and also picked up an assist on Tomas Plekanec's game-winning goal early in the third period to help the Habs win the game and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the first-round, best-of-seven playoff series. Gallagher now has four points in the postseason. P.K. Subban also had a good night for Montreal, producing two assists, his third and fourth of the postseason. The Habs' other goal was scored only 11 seconds into the game, when Rene Bourque collected his third of the postseason on the night's first shot.
Gustav Nyquist unable to keep magic going | 04/20/2014 6:17 PM
News
So far, it seems like the bounces haven't been going Gustav Nyquist's way lately in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Nyquist has failed to score in the Detroit Red Wings' first two playoff games and has a four-game scoring drought overall. To his credit, the effort has been there; he generated four SOG as the Red Wings lost 4-1 to the Boston Bruins in Game 2 on Sunday.
Jimmy Howard suffers Game 2 loss vs. B's | 04/20/2014 6:12 PM
News
Jimmy Howard wasn't able to repeat his shutout performance from Game 2 as the Boston Bruins beat his Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in Game 2 to tie the series at 1-1.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Much like in Game 1, Howard made 25 saves. Unfortunately, the Bruins fired 29 shots on goal today instead of 25 in their last effort. Howard slipped under .500 in his playoff career, going 21-22 with a .919 save percentage overall.
Tuukka Rask looks strong as B's split series | 04/20/2014 6:06 PM
News
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask put forth a strong effort as his team beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in Game 2 on Sunday, tying the series 1-1.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Rask stopped 34 out of 35 shots to even the series. Rask as only allowed one goal in three straight starts stretching back to one regular season appearance. He's given little reason for people to believe he's anything but a legitimate starter - if not star - in the NHL.
Jarome Iginla collects two assist in BOS win | 04/20/2014 6:02 PM
News
Jarome Iginla helped the Boston Bruins cruise to a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 on Sunday, tying their first-round series 1-1.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Iginla collected two assists, two SOG and three hits in a nice all-around effort in 17:12 TOI on Sunday. He's been a great fit for Boston this season and could very well be back with the B's next season (if they can afford him).
Anaheim Ducks send D Sami Vatanen to AHL | 04/20/2014 5:27 PM
News
The Anaheim Ducks demoted defenseman Sami Vatanen to the AHL on Sunday.
Wes Gilbertson on Twitter

Impact
Just a head's up as he isn't a big fantasy difference-maker, at least at this point in his young career.
Emerson Etem recalled from the AHL | 04/20/2014 5:26 PM
News
The Anaheim Ducks recalled young forward Emerson Etem from the minors on Sunday.
Wes Gilbertson on Twitter

Impact
It's difficult to imagine this making a major impact in fantasy terms, so JFYI.
Ducks send John Gibson to the minors | 04/20/2014 5:24 PM
News
The Anaheim Ducks clearly feel comfortable with their current goalie setup, as they sent John Gibson to the AHL.
Wes Gilbertson on Twitter

Impact
Clearly, the Ducks' worries are no longer there for Frederik Andersen and Jonas Hiller right now. It was a little surprising Anaheim's situation was so wide open to begin with. We'll see if it's Hiller - Andersen if the Ducks have a deep playoff run.
Henrik Lundqvist disappoints in Game 2 | 04/20/2014 3:20 PM
News
It wasn't the greatest afternoon for Henrik Lundqvist, as the New York Rangers fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 in Game 2 on Sunday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The series is now at 1-1 and Lundqvist drops to 31-37 in his playoff career. Fair or not, even with a gold and silver medal, many will wonder if he's a "big game" goalie. It's true that he didn't have a great game on Sunday, allowing three goals on 24 shots.
Benoit Pouliot continues to impress for NYR | 04/20/2014 3:17 PM
News
If you're looking for a mid-level forward option in playoff pools, you could do worse than New York Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The once-prized prospect has been playing really well lately. He's been close to a point-per-game player since he collected two assists against the Phoenix Coyotes on March 24. That includes one goal in the Rangers' Game 2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
Jakub Voracek helps Flyers even series | 04/20/2014 3:14 PM
News
Philadelphia enjoyed scoring by committee on Sunday as multiple players contributed to the Flyers' 4-2 win against the New York Rangers in Game 2, tying the series at 1-1.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Jakub Voracek was one of those people who found the net, scoring a goal on a nice power move. There seems to be little reason to hesitate investing premium fantasy picks/assets in a player who's clearly Claude Giroux's running mate.
Ray Emery finishes strong for Flyers win | 04/20/2014 3:12 PM
News
Ray Emery played a big role in the Philadelphia Flyers evening their series 1-1 against the New York Rangers thanks to a 4-2 Game 2 win on Sunday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Emery got his first win since 2010-11 with the Anaheim Ducks, stopping 31 out of 33 shots. With Steve Mason's health in question, it should be interesting to see who starts for the Flyers in Game 3. Emery at least made an argument for himself with this performance.
NHL suspends Brent Seabrook for 3 games | 04/20/2014 2:41 PM
News
The NHL decided to suspend Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook three games for his charging hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes from Game 2.
Tracey Myers on Twitter

Impact
With Chicago down 2-0 in the series, Seabrook may not appear in another Blackhawks game this season if things go poorly for them. Seabrook has been fantastic lately, with four points in two games and also a great regular season (seven goals, 41 points, +23, 171 hits and 142 blocked shots).
Matt Bartkowski won't play in Game 2 Sunday | 04/20/2014 1:56 PM
News
The Boston Bruins ruled Matt Bartkowski out of the lineup for Game 2 against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
Boston Bruins on Twitter

Impact
He's not particularly fantasy-relevant right now so JFYI.
Tampa Bay will start Anders Lindback Sunday | 04/20/2014 11:08 AM
News
Anders Lindback will start on Sunday after being pulled in Friday's game.
Lightning.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Lindback isn't an ideal playoff starter, but Tampa Bay doesn't have a lot of options with Ben Bishop hurt. The alternative to Lindback would have been Kristers Gudlevskis, who had just one game worth of NHL experience before he replaced Lindback late in Game 2.
Chris Porter scores in Saturday's win | 04/20/2014 11:06 AM
News
Chris Porter scored a goal in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win on Saturday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
Porter wasn't able to find the back of the net in 22 games with St. Louis in the regular season. He now has two goals and three points in eight career playoff contests.
Barret Jackman gets game-winner Saturday | 04/20/2014 11:01 AM
News
Barret Jackman was the unlikely hero in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Chicago on Saturday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
Jackman scored 5:50 minutes into the overtime period, to give St. Louis a 2-0 series lead. He's a solid defensive defenseman, but this was just his second playoff goal in 29 career contests. As it happens, both of his markers proved to be game winners.
Tarasenko's dramatic goal turns tide vs Hawks | 04/20/2014 10:58 AM
News
Vladimir Tarasenko scored with just 6.4 seconds left in regulation time to send Game 2 against Chicago to overtime.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
That led to St. Louis earning its second straight overtime victory against Chicago. Tarasenko is on a four-game goal scoring streak, dating back to the regular season.
Martin Havlat unlikely to play on Sunday | 04/20/2014 10:54 AM
News
Do not expect to see Martin Havlat in the San Jose lineup Sunday.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Havlat was a healthy scratch in Game 1 along with Tyler Kennedy, Matt Irwin, Bracken Kearns and Matt Tennyson and it appears based on practice lines Saturday that coach Todd McLellan will not make any changes.
Del Zotto disappointed with 2013-14 campaign | 04/20/2014 10:53 AM
News
Determining fair value for soon-to-be restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto might be tough.
The Nashville Tennessean

Impact
Del Zotto was pretty effective in 2011-12 and 2013, but he took a big step back in 2013-14 with 16 points and a minus-nine rating in 67 games. "Obviously I'm not too happy with how this year has gone for me," Del Zotto said. He didn't get much power-play ice time with Nashville and we consequently don't have high hopes for him in 2014-15 from a fantasy perspective.
Mike Brown impressive in Game 1 for Sharks | 04/20/2014 10:51 AM
News
Mike Brown picked up an assist in 8:57 minutes in Game 1 on Thursday.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
The fourth liner is playing in only his second playoff as he played 13 games for Anaheim in the 2008-09 season, picking up two assists and 25 penalty minutes. Coach Todd McLellan was pleased with Brown's play as well as his fourth unit linemates. "He and that line played to their strengths -- straight forward, straight lines with a forecheck mentality," McLellan said. "They were responsible defensively, so after 60 minutes we liked their game and his game in particular."
Canadiens can't afford to get overconfident | 04/20/2014 10:46 AM
News
Montreal captain Brian Gionta knows that the team can't get too comfortable with its 2-0 series lead.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
The Canadiens won both games against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. "It's huge," Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said. "But at the end of the day we fell into that trap against Boston a few years back. We won two games in (the Bruins') building and we came back and let off the gas a bit. So we need to make sure that (Sunday) night is our focus. And we've got to do the things that have made us successful in the first two games and make sure we stick with that." Winning on Sunday would force Tampa Bay to try and pull off the nearly impossible task of overcoming a 3-0 series deficit. As it is, the Lightning in a very bad spot going forward.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic gains confidence | 04/20/2014 10:45 AM
News
Marc-Edouard Vlasic gained a lot of confidence when he played for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Vlasic was a Steady Eddie for Team Canada as they won the Gold Medal. "Being there with those players, playing with the best and playing against the best players helped," Vlasic said. "Playing in the semifinal and final game, where it's one game and if you lose you have to wait four more years. Just having that experience, being able to bring it here into the playoffs, that's huge. I feel since the Olympics my game has grown, and I have to keep that going here." Vlasic had a goal and an assist in Game 1 and was tied for the team lead with five shots on goal.
Sidney Crosby adds two assists in loss | 04/20/2014 10:36 AM
News
Sidney Crosby had two assists in the Penguins 4-3 double overtime loss to Columbus Saturday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Crosby has three assists in two games but is a minus-two thus far. The NHL's Art Ross Trophy winner this season is the favorite for the Hart Trophy which is awarded to the NHL's most valuable player for the regular season.
Nick Foligno could play in Game 3 | 04/20/2014 10:30 AM
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Nick Foligno (knee) skated after practice on Saturday and could be good to go for Game 3.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Foligno has been out of action since April 3 and the Blue Jackets miss his presence as he had 18 goals, 39 points, 96 penalty minutes and 210 hits this season in 70 games.
Marco Scandella scores goal in losing effort | 04/20/2014 10:27 AM
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Marco Scandella scored a goal in a 4-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Scandella has two points in two playoff games. That matches his total from the 2013 postseason, when Minnesota was eliminated in the first round by Chicago in five contests.
Marcel Goc skates on his own for third time | 04/20/2014 10:27 AM
News
Marcel Goc (ankle) managed to skate on his own Saturday for the third time.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Goc suffered the injury on March 27. "He hasn't been deemed ready to return to a practice situation yet," coach Dan Bylsma said. Stay tuned.
Mikko Koivu has 3 points in two playoff games | 04/20/2014 10:25 AM
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Mikko Koivu had two assists in Minnesota's 4-2 loss to Colorado in Game 2 of the first round.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Koivu also had an assist in the playoff opener. He had 11 goals and 54 points in 65 games in 2013-14.
R.J. Umberger back in the Columbus lineup | 04/20/2014 10:23 AM
News
R.J. Umberger replaced Jared Boll in the Columbus lineup on Saturday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Umberger had been out with an upper body injury as he missed Game 1. Umberger was minus-one with nary a point in 15:39 minutes of action on Saturday.
Detroit needs to stay disciplined | 04/20/2014 10:20 AM
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The Detroit Red Wings are trying to play a disciplined game to avoid giving the Bruins' power-play opportunities.
Detroit News

Impact
Boston ranked third in the NHL with a 21.7% power-play success rate during the regular season. Detroit only ended up with one penalty in Game 1, which helped make the Red Wings' 1-0 victory possible. The Bruins will play a physical game and attempt to get under the Red Wings' skin, but Detroit accumulated the fourth least penalty minutes during the regular season.
Jayson Megna a healthy scratch Saturday | 04/20/2014 10:20 AM
News
Jayson Megna was one of four healthy scratches for the Penguins on Saturday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
The Penguins went with the same lineup as in Game 1 so Deryk Engelland, Robert Bortuzzo and Taylor Pyatt all sat out for the second game in a row.
Lindy Ruff remains upbeat going into Game 3 | 04/20/2014 10:10 AM
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Stars coach Lindy Ruff is upbeat two games into their series against Anaheim.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
"The feeling right now is we could be 1-1, we could be 2-0, but we're 0-2," Ruff said. "We have to clean up a couple of mistakes, but I thought our second game was a lot better than the first, but we didn't take advantage of a couple of key opportunities and made a couple of big mistakes that turned the tide on us." The good news for the Stars is that the series is heading to Dallas for Game 3. The Stars still need to eventually win a game in Anaheim, but as long as they're effective at home, they should get another opportunity at the Honda Center.
Brenden Dillon might resume skating Sunday | 04/20/2014 10:07 AM
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Brenden Dillon (lower body) might skate with the Stars on Sunday.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
Even if Dillon does, he still might end up missing Game 3 on Monday. Dillon has missed three straight contests dating back to the regular season.
Gabriel Landeskog nets game-winner Saturday | 04/20/2014 10:01 AM
News
Gabriel Landeskog had two goals, including the game-winner, in Colorado's 4-2 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.
Denver Post

Impact
While rookie Nathan MacKinnon has desirably attracted a lot of the attention in Colorado after recording seven points in two playoff games, Landeskog has also been very impressive with three goals in his first two career postseason contests. Landeskog had 26 goals and 65 points in 81 games this season.
Stastny has seven points in two playoff games | 04/20/2014 9:57 AM
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Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist in Colorado's 4-2 win over Minnesota.
Denver Post

Impact
Stastny now has three goals and four assists in just two playoff games. With that, he's already broken his career-high for postseason points in a single year.
Nathan MacKinnon's tied for scoring lead | 04/20/2014 9:53 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon is tied for the scoring lead in the playoffs.
Denver Post

Impact
MacKinnon has seven points in two games, which matches teammate Paul Stastny's efforts. Of course, what makes what MacKinnon's done special is the fact that he's just 18 years old. The rookie is likely to win the Calder Trophy and is already starting to build a reputation for being able to step up his game in the playoffs.
Michal Rozsival finds back of net Saturday | 04/20/2014 9:49 AM
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Michal Rozsival scored a goal in a 4-3 overtime loss to St. Louis on Saturday.
CSN Chicago

Impact
It was Rozsival's fifth playoff goal in 77 career contests. He had a goal and eight points in 42 regular season games in 2013-14.
Crawford blames himself for Game 2 loss | 04/20/2014 9:47 AM
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Corey Crawford put a lot of the blame for Chicago's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blues on his shoulders.
CSN Chicago

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Crawford surrendered the game-tying goal with just seven seconds left in the third period. "My pads were together but there was a little space there," Crawford said. "I have to find a way to make that save and our guys need me to make a save at the end. It's really frustrating being up and losing the lead two games in a row in the last couple of minutes. That's pretty much not acceptable. We're not going to win if I play like that. I have to be better." The Blackhawks are now down 2-0, but the silver lining is that the series will head back to Chicago for Game 3 on Monday.
Antoine Vermette leads the Coyotes in scoring | 04/20/2014 9:41 AM
News
Antoine Vermette scored a team high 24 goals in 2013-14.
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette

Impact
Vermette was originally slotted to be the third line center for the Coyotes at the start of the season but his scoring and ability at the face off dot changed all of that. "I'm pleased with the way I played," Vermette said. "I think if you look at the statistics, sometimes it doesn't show. It shows a little bit but not as much as you might think. I try to grow my game, different areas of the game. It was a successful year for me, but it's a bad taste. You want to do it and win and ultimately, you want to be successful as a team." Vermette also led all forwards playing an average of 19:21 minutes per game.
Brandon Saad records two assists Saturday | 04/20/2014 9:37 AM
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Brandon Saad had two assists in Chicago's 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday.
CSN Chicago

Impact
Saad is now on a three-game point streak, dating back to the regular season. He has three assists in Chicago's first two playoff contests.
Flyers in trouble at Madison Square Garden | 04/20/2014 9:37 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have lost their last nine games at Madison Square Garden.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
To make matters worse, the Flyers have been outscored 35-10 in the nine games. They play Game 2 there on Sunday and will need to win at least once at MSG if they hope to advance to the second round.
Steve Downie to miss Game 2 with UBI | 04/20/2014 9:34 AM
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Steve Downie will not play in Game 2 Sunday due to an upper body injury.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
Downie also missed Game 1 and has been out of the Flyers lineup since March 23. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Vincent Lecavalier does nothing in Game 1 | 04/20/2014 9:31 AM
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Vincent Lecavalier played only 7:42 minutes in Game 1.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
It was the least amount of ice time that any Flyer forward received in the game and it must seem like quite a shock for a player of Lecavalier's talent. He has been relegated to a bottom six spot among forwards but he does see a lot of time on the power play. The problem with that was the Rangers only took one penalty in Game 1. Hopefully the 34-year-old to be on Monday, will get his game turned around.
Lucic doesn't know why he speared DeKeyser | 04/20/2014 9:31 AM
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Milan Lucic didn't offer an explanation for why he speared Danny DeKeyser in Game 1.
Boston Globe

Impact
"I don't want to say it was too much frustration. It was kind of a heat of the moment thing where you're not thinking when you do something like that," Lucic said. "I've been in the years seven years now, and I think I've only done that three times. I don't know why I did that." Lucic did something similar against Alexi Emelin just last month. He was fined $5,000 for his actions against DeKeyser.
Steve Mason looking at Game 3 | 04/20/2014 9:27 AM
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Steve Mason will not play Sunday because of an upper body injury.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
Mason had a good practice on Saturday but tired near the end of it so Ray Emery will start Game 2 with Cal Heeter as his backup. Mason is close to 100 percent and hopes to be there on Tuesday when the Flyers play their first home game of the playoffs.
Bruins' top line remains confident | 04/20/2014 9:26 AM
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Detroit was very effective at shutting down Boston's top line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Jarome Iginla in Game 1.
CSN New England

Impact
"We believe in ourselves and each other. One game isn't going to change that," said Iginla. "We have to find ways to create more, and get more zone time. We have to find ways to battle through it a little more." The Bruins ended up suffering a 1-0 defeat in the playoff opener, but Detroit will have a very tough time pulling off a similar feat in Game 2 on Sunday.
Derek Stepan nervous in Game 1 | 04/20/2014 9:24 AM
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Derek Stepan found himself nervous during the first half of Game 1.
New York Daily News

Impact
Stepan eventually turned things around as he potted his sixth playoff goal of his career on Thursday. "It might have been nerves," Stepan said yesterday. "Think about it: During the season we played every other night or had a two-day break, and then before this series we had off Saturday to Thursday before playing again. So it takes a bit with all those days in between. I was probably a little jumpy early on." The Rangers are relying on Stepan to have a big series as he had 17 goals and 57 points during the regular season.
Rick Nash still playing well defensively | 04/20/2014 8:34 AM
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Rick Nash is continuing his fine defensive play as he is playing against the Flyers top line in the playoffs.
NY Post

Impact
Nash, Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis are facing the Flyers top unit of Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek for the most part and the line is shutting them down. Nash got a great taste of defensive play in the Olympics where he was a bottom six forward for Canada and his play is continuing into the playoffs. He had an assist in Game 1 and a team-leading seven shots on goal.
Dan Girardi and McDonagh holding the fort | 04/20/2014 8:28 AM
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Daniel Girardi and Ryan McDonagh continue to excel against the Flyers top line.
The Bergen Record

Impact
Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek combined for only one goal and three assists in four regular season games with Hartnell setting up Andrew MacDonald on the power play for the only Flyers goal in Game 1 of the playoffs. If the duo of Girardi and McDonagh continue their outstanding play, the Flyers are going to have a tough time advancing.
Ray Emery to get the start on Sunday | 04/20/2014 8:23 AM
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Ray Emery will be between the pipes on Sunday.
The Bergen Record

Impact
Emery played in Game 1 as he allowed four goals on 36 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers. With starter Steve Mason still unable to go due to an upper body injury, Emery will try to square the series at one apiece. Teammate Wayne Simmonds thought that Emery was terrific in Game 1 as he made numerous great saves.
Kings turned the puck over too much in Game 1 | 04/20/2014 8:13 AM
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The Los Angeles Kings turned over the puck too much in Game 1 versus San Jose and it resulted in a lot of odd-man rushes.
LAKings.com

Impact
The Kings practiced Saturday and worked on their transition game. "Just don't get spread out too much," Anze Kopitar said of the adjustments necessary to minimize turnovers. "The support has got to be there coming up the ice. If we don't do that, obviously we get spread out too much. The long plays are harder to make than the 10-foot passes. I think in Game 1, our line got spread out a little too much. We got caught swinging away instead of just supporting. So we've been working on that the last couple days a little bit and we have to carry that into the game tomorrow." Game 2 is on Sunday.
Jean-Francois Berube playing well in minors | 04/20/2014 8:08 AM
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Goaltender Jean-Francois Berube has been playing well for the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.
LAKings.com

Impact
Berube was promoted to the top job in Manchester when Martin Jones was recalled by the Kings when Ben Scrivens was dealt away to Edmonton. "As soon as Jonesie was out of the picture, you could just see his confidence coming leaps and bounds,"coach Mark Morris said. "I think he's really relished that opportunity. When you know that, you have to be feeling the pressure that you're basically holding the team on your back and that's a big pressure for a young guy his age." Berube was 28-17-2 this season in Manchester with a 2.37 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
Ryan Johansen gets first 2 points in playoffs | 04/20/2014 7:25 AM
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Ryan Johansen picked up his first two points in his playoff career on Saturday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Johansen had a goal and an assist as he continued his outstanding play that started during the regular season. The 21-year-old ended the regular season with 33 goals and 63 points. The Penguins are going to have to find a way to shut him down or the Blue Jackets will continue to give them fits in the first round of the playoffs. The series is tied at one apiece with the teams headed to Columbus for Games 3 and 4.
Jack Johnson scores second of the post season | 04/20/2014 7:20 AM
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Jack Johnson tied Saturday's game at three with his second goal in as many games.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Johnson has three points in two games thus far and has led the Blue Jackets blueliners offensively thus far. His goal sent the game into overtime where Columbus eventually won in the second OT on a goal by Matt Calvert.
Jeff Skinner attains veteran status | 04/20/2014 6:44 AM
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Despite being only 21 years of age, Jeff Skinner is expected to be a veteran presence next season.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
Skinner has already played four seasons in the NHL and notched his second 30-plus goal season in 2013-14 as he found the back of the net 33 times to lead the Hurricanes. "I don't think it will be new or outside of my nature," Skinner said. "Everybody deals with that kind of thing in their own sort of way. I was a leader in junior (hockey) and I feel more comfortable every year I'm here. It's not something that you can set out and say you're going to do this. It's a little more abstract than that. For me, personally, it's something you grow into and something you earn as you go."
Chris Butler finishes second in NHL in blocks | 04/20/2014 6:38 AM
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Chris Butler finished with second in the NHL with 211 blocked shots.
Calgary Sun

Impact
He trailed only Andrew MacDonald who had 241 in a season split between the Islanders and Philadelphia. Butler also finished 10 ahead of teammate Kris Russell. Butler had only two goals and 16 points with a terrible minus-23 rating but if you need blocked shots next season, he will help your fantasy team.
Corey Perry breaks playoff scoring drought | 04/20/2014 6:30 AM
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Corey Perry scored on Friday to break a 10 game goal scoring drought in the playoffs.
Orange County Register

Impact
It was a long stretch for the winger who potted 43 goals this season as his longest goalless drought this year was only seven games. He went through the entire seven game series against the Red Wings in 2013 with nary a goal as the Ducks dropped the series. "It feels good," Perry said. "Obviously last year didn't go as planned. But if you look at the positives, there were a lot of chances I had. It didn't go in the net. It could have gone either way. If one went in, we might not be talking about this. But my job is to produce. It didn't work last year. Hopefully this year, starting last night, it could be a different story."
Bryzgalov pulled in second; Kuemper excellent | 04/20/2014 12:58 AM
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Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled in the second period of the Wild's 4-2 loss to Colorado in Game 2 on Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Wild now trail in the first-round series 2-0. Bryzgalov had a decent run as the Wild's starter, but he hasn't been good over his last four games, posting sub-.875 save percentages in all of them. On Saturday, the Russian gave up three goals on 14 shots in 31:59. Darcy Kuemper was a perfect 14-for-14 and it wouldn't be at all shocking to see him get the start Monday in Minnesota.
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