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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
Corey Crawford put a lot of the blame for Chicago's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blues on his shoulders.
CSN Chicago

Impact
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
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.
MacKinnon dazzles with 4 points in Game 2 win | 04/20/2014 12:46 AM
News
Nathan MacKinnon tallied points on all of the Avalanche's goals in their 4-2 win over the Wild in Game 2 on Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
As if MacKinnon's rookie season in which he scored 24 times and had 63 points wasn't good enough, the 18-year-old rookie is simply putting on a show at the early stages of the playoffs. MacKinnon scored the team's first goal off a slick fake and wrist shot and assisted on the rest, to give him seven points in the playoffs. He played 17:05 and had four shots on goal. Captain Gabriel Landeskog scored two times, playing 18:03 and recording five shots on goal. Paul Stastny scored the other goal, via the empty net, while chipping in with three assists, too. The Avs lead the series 2-0.
Semyon Varlamov steady for Avs with 30 saves | 04/20/2014 12:44 AM
News
Semyon Varlamov set aside 30 shots in Colorado's 4-2 Game 2 win over the Wild on Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Varlamov gave up the game's first goal 4:18 into the first, then didn't allow one until 1:19 left in the contest. Even though Colorado wound up with a win in Game 1, Varlamov was certainly not at his best. This one was a different story and that should give the 25-year-old confidence as the Avs hit the road. Even more promising for the Avalanche is that they posted the best road record in the league this season and Varlamov has been just as sharp away from his home building, posting a .927 save percentage.
Charlie Coyle nets goal in Game 2 loss to Avs | 04/20/2014 12:43 AM
News
Charlie Coyle netted a goal for Minnesota, which fell 4-2 in Game 2 of the first-round series with the Avalanche.
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Coyle beat Semyon Varlmov witha tip-in early in the first period via assists from Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter. Coyle is likely not going to be a playoff-pool asset unless the Wild advance further in the postseason. He had just 12 goals and 30 points in 70 games this year. Marco Scandella notched the other goal; the defenseman had just 17 points during the regular season, so he's probably not going to be a help for fantasy leaguers right now. Koivu and Zach Parise picked up assists on the late third-period marker.
Bryzgalov pulled in second; Kuemper excellent | 04/20/2014 12:43 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.
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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.
Todd Richards offers no update on Tyutin | 04/19/2014 11:43 PM
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Coach Todd Richards gave no update on Fedor Tyutin's status after Columbus' 4-3 double-overtime win against the Penguins on Saturday night.
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Tyutin played 6:55, getting two shots on goal and taking a penalty. Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch believes it's an upper-body injury after he took a few big hits in the first period.
Bylsma has no update on injured Brian Gibbons | 04/19/2014 11:18 PM
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No update was given on Brian Gibbons' status after Game 2 on Saturday night.
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Penguins coach Dan Bylsma had nothing to say after the double-overtime Game 2 loss to the Blue Jackets. The 26-year-old played 2:26 in the first period, but he made the most of his time, notching two goals. Gibbons appeared to hurt himself during a collision with Ryan Johansen around the 11:26 mark and played just five shifts. He had 17 points with the Penguins in 41 regular-season games.
Calvert nets 2OT winner, Columbus ties series | 04/19/2014 11:11 PM
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Matt Calvert tallied two goals -- including the game-winner -- for the Blue Jackets, who defeated the Penguins 4-3 in double overtime of Game 2 of their first-round series.
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The feisty Blue Jackets pick up the franchise's first playoff victory. In this one, the Blue Jackets went down 2-0 and 3-1. Columbus matched the powerful Penguins lineup throughout in this one, impressively scoring three special-teams goals. Calvert scored a short-handed goal to pull the team to 3-2 and the winner at 1:10 of the second overtime. Ryan Johansen scored on the power play and had a helper on Jack Johnson's goal that tied the game at three. With Fedor Tyutin injured early, Johnson played 38:31. David Savard had two helpers, tallying 33:46 of ice time.
Bobrovsky, CBJ overcome 3-goal first win win | 04/19/2014 11:09 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky blocked 39 shots in Columbus' 4-3 double-overtime win in Game 2 of their first-round series with the Penguins.
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If it wasn't clear in Game 1, it's clear now: the Blue Jackets will be a very tough out. The resilient group bounced back after a very shaky first period in which Bobrovsky gave up three goals on 15 shots that saw the team go down 3-1. Columbus' chances in this series begin and end with the guy in net. Bobrovsky was excellent for the majority of the game, looking more comfortable as the game wore on. Columbus will host Game 3 on Monday with the series tied at one apiece.
Niskanen records second straight G, A in loss | 04/19/2014 11:08 PM
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Matt Niskanen notched a goal and an assist in the Penguins' 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Blue Jackets in Game 2 of the first-round series.
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With each game, Niskanen, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, is showing his worth and earning himself a better payday. The 27-year-old played 27:35 in recording his second straight power-play-goal-assist performance. Brian Gibbons, who left after playing just 2:26 in the first period, picked up the other two goals, his first-ever playoff markers. Gibbons notched the game's first goal at even strength and the second on the power play. Paul Martin, who logged 34:07, had two helpers, and so did Sidney Crosby, who finished with 30:34 in ice time.
Fleury makes 41 saves in Game 2, 2OT loss | 04/19/2014 11:07 PM
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Marc-Andre Fleury made 41 saves in Pittsburgh's 4-3 double-overtime Game 2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
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It's pretty clear that Fleury is not going to be a netminder who steals the Penguins any games. Sure, he made a number of athletic saves, but he also appeared lost on several chances and doesn't appear to be playing too confidently, either. Fleury posted a nearly identical save percentage in this one (.911) as he did in Game 1 (.912). The Penguins head to Columbus for Game 3, which will be on Monday. Fleury recorded a .905 save percentage on the road during the regular season, compared to .924 at home.
Seabrook to have hearing with NHL for hit | 04/19/2014 10:47 PM
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Brent Seabrook will have a phone hearing with the NHL for his hit on David Backes in the third period of Game 2 of the first-round series.
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No time has been set for the hearing just yet. The Blackhawks defenseman nailed Backes, who did not have the puck and was in a vulnerable position, with a hit to the head late in the third period of Saturday's game. Seabrook was given five minutes for charging and game misconduct, while a dazed Backes left the game and did not return. The Blues would tie it up with 6.4 seconds left in the regulation and win Game 2 in overtime.
Report: Ovechkin to play for Russia in worlds | 04/19/2014 10:39 PM
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Alex Ovechkin will join Team Russia for the world hockey championship, according to Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo Sports.
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The tournament begins May 9 in Belarus. Ovechkin, who will join the squad on April 20, led the NHL with 51 goals and he also had 28 points, though he finished with a minus-35 rating. The star winger tallied just two points in five games during the Olympics, too. Capitals teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov will also play for Team Russia in the world championship.
Fedor Tyutin suffers undisclosed injury | 04/19/2014 9:33 PM
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Fedor Tyutin has not played since the first period Saturday due to an undisclosed injury.
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It's unclear how Tyutin was hurt. The Columbus reargard played 6:55 in the first period, blocking a shot and taking a penalty against the Penguins. He had 26 points in the regular season.
Dany Heatley a healthy scratch again for Wild | 04/19/2014 9:29 PM
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Dany Heatley is a healthy scratch for the Wild against the Avs in Game 2 of their first-round series.
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Heatley also did not play in the first game. The 33-year-old has seen his game drop off significantly in recent years. He tallied just 12 goals and 28 points this season, with 10 of those points coming on the man advantage.
NHL reviewing Seabrook's head hit on Backes | 04/19/2014 9:18 PM
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The NHL is reviewing Brent Seabrook's hit on David Backes that occurred at 15:19 of the third period in Game 2 of the series between the Blackhawks and Blues.
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Not surprising news at all. The Blackhawks defenseman leveled Backes, who did not have the puck and was in a vulnerable position behind the net, with a high hit, connecting with his head. Seabrook was given fiven minutes for charging and a game misconduct, while Backes looked wobbly and departed from the game. The Blues would tie the game up on the power play with 6.4 seconds remaining and win it 4-3 in overtime.
Brian Gibbons injured after hit on Johansen | 04/19/2014 8:23 PM
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Brian Gibbons was injured after he hit Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen.
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Gibbons scored twice -- his first postseason goals -- in a matter of 2:26 of ice time. He went to the dressing room after a hit on Johansen around the 11:26 mark and did not return to the bench for the second period. Gibbons had 17 points with the Penguins and 30 points in the AHL this season.
Shattenkirk helps Blues land 2-0 series lead | 04/19/2014 6:59 PM
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Kevin Shattenkirk propelled the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 overtime victory over Chicago in Game 2 on Saturday.
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He registered a goal and two assists in the match. Shattenkirk played 27 minutes in the contest and 11:13 of that ice time came on the power play. Barret Jackman netted the game-winning 5:50 into the extra session, while Vladimir Tarasenko and Chris Porter also scored for the Blues in the win. Vladimir Sobotka picked up two helpers in the contest.
Ryan Miller picks up another OT victory | 04/19/2014 6:47 PM
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Ryan Miller stopped 23 of 26 shots in a 4-3 overtime win over Chicago in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.
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He allowed two goals on seven shots in the third period, but his teammates bailed him out with a game-tying marker with just seven seconds remaining in regulation. Miller has had some anxious moments in the series, but he has played well for spurts as well. The Blues have a 2-0 series lead.
Corey Crawford, Hawks lose in OT again to STL | 04/19/2014 6:43 PM
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Corey Crawford dropped another 4-3 overtime decision to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday afternoon.
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This time it took only one extra session for the Blues to score the winner. Crawford was excellent in the contest, while stopping 21 shots, but his teammates couldn't hold off the Blues for a second straight playoff game. The Blackhawks will return home with a 2-0 series hole to dig themselves out of.
Keith among defensemen who've scored for CHI | 04/19/2014 6:37 PM
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Duncan Keith scored in Chicago's 4-3 overtime loss to St. Louis on Saturday afternoon.
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The Blackhawks' defense corps has accounted for five of the team's six goals in the series so far. Brent Seabrook concluded the match with a goal and a helper, while Michal Rozsival had other Chicago tally in the loss. The Hawks got some contributions from their forward group with winger Brandon Saad assisting on two goals in the contest.
Dan DeKeyser shrugs off Lucic's spear | 04/19/2014 6:27 PM
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Dan DeKeyser shrugged of Milan Lucic's spear to his groin area.
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"I'm fine, it just happened, it's something that happens during the game and you deal with it," DeKeyser said. "Every now and then emotions run high during the game and stuff happens." The Detroit defenseman said he didn't even know who was responsible for the incident until after the game when he saw the replay.
David Backes not out for start of OT | 04/19/2014 6:18 PM
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David Backes didn't start overtime with his regular wingers.
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It's unclear if he'll be able to return to Saturday's contest after he was rocked on a hit by Chicago's Brent Seabrook. The incident occurred at the 15:09 mark of the third period. Steve Ott opened the extra session between T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen.
Brent Seabrook ejected, could face suspension | 04/19/2014 6:10 PM
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Brent Seabrook was ejected from Saturday's contest against St. Louis after he took a run at David Backes.
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He got five minutes for charging and a game misconduct on the play. The hit will probably end up with Seabrook facing further supplemental discipline as well. He had a goal and an assist in 23:21 of ice time prior to being tossed.
Predators acquire rights to Jaynen Rissling | 04/19/2014 5:10 PM
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Washington has traded to rights to Jaynen Rissling to Nashville for a seventh-round pick in 2014.
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He generated 37 points and 105 penalty minutes in 54 games for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL this past season. Rissling was a seventh-round pick in the 2012 draft.
J.T. Brown feels fine after 'awkward' hit | 04/19/2014 4:16 PM
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J.T. Brown feels good after taking an "awkward" hit from Montreal's Alexei Emelin.
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He logged a personal high 18:01 of ice time in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Canadiens. Brown expects to play on Sunday when the series shifts to Montreal.
John Mitchell isn't close to returning | 04/19/2014 4:04 PM
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John Mitchell (concussion) is unlikely to play during the first round of the playoffs.
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Coach Patrick Roy said that Mitchell isn't close to being able to return. He hasn't been able to resume work on a stationary bike yet. Mitchell has been out of action since Apr. 10.
Matt Duchene likely won't play in Round 1 | 04/19/2014 3:27 PM
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Matt Duchene (knee) likely won't be available during the first round of the playoffs.
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Coach Patrick Roy confirmed that news Saturday. It was expected that Duchene wouldn't play in the opening round when he got hurt back on Mar. 29 following a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn. He sustained a strained MCL on the play.
Brenden Morrow (foot) may sit Saturday | 04/19/2014 3:06 PM
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Brenden Morrow was able to play in Game 1 Thursday night, but he might be out for Saturday afternoon's match.
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He is still thought to be dealing with a foot issue and he didn't take part in the pregame skate. T.J. Oshie appears to be ready to return, so he might be taking Morrow's spot in the lineup.
Jared Boll will be scratched Saturday | 04/19/2014 3:03 PM
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Jared Boll will be a healthy scratch Saturday night in Game 2 against Pittsburgh.
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It was originally speculated that Corey Tropp would be the odd man out with R.J. Umberger ready to return, but it will be Boll instead.
T.J. Oshie in pregame warmup, likely to play | 04/19/2014 2:46 PM
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T.J. Oshie (upper body) is participating in the pregame warmup.
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He's doing line rushes with David Backes and Alexander Steen, so it looks like he'll be back in the lineup after missing Game 1 and the last two games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.
Tampa signs prospect Jake Dotchin | 04/19/2014 2:36 PM
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Jake Dotchin has inked an entry-level deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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In 63 games with the OHL's Barrie Colts, he registered 11 goals, 36 points and 121 penalty minutes. Dotchin was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft by the Bolts.
Darcy Kuemper set to return to lineup | 04/19/2014 2:10 PM
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It appears as though Darcy Kuemper (upper body) will back up Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 2 on Saturday night.
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Kuemper has been out of action since Mar. 27 with an upper-body injury. He might get a chance to start at some point in Minnesota's first-round series against Colorado.
Milan Lucic receives $5K fine for spearing | 04/19/2014 1:51 PM
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Milan Lucic has received a $5,000 fine for spearing Detroit defenseman Dan DeKeyser below the belt.
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The incident occurred late in the second period of Game 1 on Friday night and it went unpenalized because it was missed by the officiating staff.
Steve Mason won't play in Game 2 Sunday | 04/19/2014 1:37 PM
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Steve Mason (upper body) won't play Sunday.
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However, there were indications at Saturday's practice that he is getting closer. He'll try to get ready for Game 3 on Tuesday night back in Philadelphia. Cal Heeter will continue to serve as Ray Emery's backup while is Mason sidelined with an upper-body injury.
Blues' T.J. Oshie questionable for Game 2 | 04/19/2014 1:11 PM
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T.J. Oshie (upper body) is questionable to play in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.
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Coach Ken Hitchcock wouldn't confirm Oshie's status, so there's a chance that he could play. He expects Oshie and Patrik Berglund to play by Game 4, though.
Steve Mason returns to practice Saturday | 04/19/2014 1:00 PM
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Steve Mason (upper body) participated in Saturday's practice.
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He is aiming to return on Sunday, so this is a positive sign. Cal Heeter, who served as Ray Emery's backup in Game 1, didn't take part in the session.
Marcel Goc (ankle) still unable to practice | 04/19/2014 12:52 PM
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Marcel Goc (ankle) hasn't been able to resume practices yet.
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Coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday that Goc hasn't received the green light to skate with his teammates. He hasn't played since Mar. 27 because of an ankle injury.
Matt Niskanen stays on Pens' No. 1 PP unit | 04/19/2014 12:47 PM
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Matt Niskanen practiced on the Penguins' top power-play unit in Saturday's pregame skate.
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Both of his points (one goal, one assist) came with the man advantage in Game 1. Kris Letang struggled in the playoff opener, which resulted in Niskanen's promotion during the contest.
Ondrej Palat to be a game-time call for Gm 3 | 04/19/2014 12:42 PM
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Ondrej Palat (upper body) is on the ice for Saturday's optional skate.
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He missed Game 2 because of an upper-body injury and will be a game-time decision again for Sunday's match against Montreal.
Vladimir Tarasenko excels in his return | 04/19/2014 12:07 PM
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Vladimir Tarasenko was excellent during his first game back in St. Louis' lineup in Game 1 on Thursday.
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He scored a goal and recorded seven shots in the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime victory versus Chicago. Tarasenko was playing in his first game since Mar. 15 after being sidelined with a hand injury. He's quickly gaining a reputation across the league as a dangerous scoring threat. "He creates a lot with his speed and skill," Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said. "He does have a really hard shot and a quick release. He's definitely a guy who I'm aware of every time he gets on the ice. I know exactly where he is."
Porter does his best to secure lineup spot | 04/19/2014 11:58 AM
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Chris Porter recorded an assist and seven shots in Thursday's triple overtime win against Chicago.
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If T.J. Oshie or Patrik Berglund is able to return in Game 2 then there's a chance that Porter or Adam Cracknell could be taken out of the lineup after they both played very well in Game 1.
Adam Cracknell could be an odd man out | 04/19/2014 11:46 AM
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Adam Cracknell had a goal and five hits in Game 1's triple overtime win over Chicago.
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Unfortunately for Cracknell, he could be taken out of the lineup for Game 2 if the Blues are able to get some players back from injury list.
Alex Ovechkin takes heat over minus-35 rating | 04/19/2014 11:43 AM
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Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin has seven years left on a contract that will pay him $10 million annually beginning next season, but he finished this regular season out of the playoffs and with a dreadful minus-35 rating, third worst in the NHL.
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That stat marked the latest flash point to debate whether the controversial winger should focus on becoming better on defense and whether the Capitals should make a split from the player who reinvigorated the area as a hockey market. For his part, Ovechkin said he won't request a trade - beginning July 1 a limited no-trade clause in his contract goes into effect allowing him to list up to 10 teams each year to whom he would accept one - and there's been no indication Capitals owner Ted Leonsis would entertain the idea of parting with the face of the franchise. When asked after the Caps concluded their season having missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07 whether he should eschew his offensive focus, Ovechkin rebuffed the notion, saying: "I get paid to score goals. I scored 50. You can't point [at] one guy in position, say he didn't do his job - look at everybody's numbers. Watch the video, and everybody have a bad year."
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