League News
Vernon Fiddler has big fantasy night in Gm 4 | 04/24/2014 11:49 AM
News
Vernon Fiddler scored his first goal of the postseason in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Anaheim.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
He had a solid fantasy outing with an assist, three shots and a 10-minute misconduct late in the third period. That's an eventful game for a player who played just 13:30 of ice time.
Daniel Alfredsson won't return Thursday | 04/24/2014 11:42 AM
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Daniel Alfredsson (back) won't play Thursday.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter

Impact
Coach Mike Babcock said Alfredsson was "feeling better [Thursday]" and he could be available for Saturday in Game 5. The veteran forward wasn't able to play on Tuesday because of a lingering back issue.
Coach considers Zetterberg a game-time call | 04/24/2014 11:28 AM
News
Updating a recent post, it sounds like Henrik Zetterberg will be a game-time decision for Thursday night.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter

Impact
Coach Mike Babcock said he was "hopeful" that Zetterberg would return for Game 4, but he won't know the status of his captain until after the pregame warmup. Zetterberg is slated to have a doctor's appointment after the morning skate.
Kyle Brodziak set to return in Game 4 | 04/24/2014 11:12 AM
News
Kyle Brodziak is projected to return to Minnesota's lineup on Thursday night.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He was a healthy scratch in Game 3 but with Matt Cooke suspended, Brodziak will return to the Wild's fourth line. It's expected that he'll center a unit between Dany Heatley and Cody McCormick.
Coach Q shuffles top two lines again | 04/24/2014 10:51 AM
News
Patrick Kane was given new linemates during Game 4's overtime win over St. Louis.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
He started Wednesday's match alongside Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell, but was moved to a line with Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith during the third period. The adjustments paid off, as Hossa helped set up Bickell's game-tying goal and Smith had the lone assist on Kane's game winner in overtime.
Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension for kneeing | 04/24/2014 10:43 AM
News
Matt Cooke was assessed a seven-game suspension for his knee-on-knee hit on Colorado's Tyson Barrie on Monday night in Game 3.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
He has the right to appeal the suspension to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman within 48 hours and if that ruling is upheld then he can appeal to a neutral arbitrator within seven days. Depending on what happens during that process, it could take too long for him to be able to return before the end of the first round. If Minnesota doesn't advance into Round 2 then Cooke's suspension will carry over into the 2014-15 regular season.
Jonathan Toews earns 2 assists in Game 4 | 04/24/2014 10:31 AM
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Jonathan Toews recorded two assists in Chicago's Game 4 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He assisted on the Blackhawks' first two goals of the contest, which gave them a 2-0 lead in an eventual 4-3 victory. Toews played 25 minutes in the win and he won 12 of his 23 faceoffs. He has a goal and five points in four matches in the series.
Bryan Bickell scores in Game 4 victory | 04/24/2014 10:23 AM
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Bryan Bickell scored his first goal of the playoffs in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over St. Louis.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
His tip-in late in the third period sent the game into an extra session, where Patrick Kane won it to tie the series at 2-2. Bickell started the contest alongside Jonathan Toews and Kane, but Marian Hossa took Kane's spot later in the match. Bickell also added four shots and a team-leading seven hits during his 18:07 of ice time.
Alex Galchenyuk may have to wait until ECF | 04/24/2014 10:09 AM
News
Alex Galchenyuk (knee) may have to wait for the Canadiens to win another round in the playoffs before he can return to the lineup.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He sustained a knee injury on April 9, which was expected to sideline him for four to six weeks. Montreal won its first round series against Tampa Bay in four straight games and will play the winner of Boston and Detroit in Round 2.
J. Braun should be fine after blocking shot | 04/24/2014 9:56 AM
News
Justin Braun blocked a hard shot during Tuesday's game, but he should be fine for Game 4 on Thursday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Braun has a goal and a team-leading plus-six rating in three playoff games. He's been playing alongside Brad Stuart.
Penguins need more from Malkin, Crosby | 04/24/2014 9:51 AM
News
Evgeni Malkin registered an assist in the Penguins' 4-3 overtime loss to Columbus Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Malkin has no goals and four assists in four playoff games. Sidney Crosby has matched those totals and the Penguins need more from both of them going forward. Well, really, they need to find a way to allow less than three goals in a playoff contest. However, it seems far more likely that Malkin and Crosby will bounce back compared to the odds of Pittsburgh playing sound defensively while simultaneously getting consistent goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury.
Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf is day-to-day with UBI | 04/24/2014 9:51 AM
News
Ryan Getzlaf didn't play Wednesday night because of an upper-body injury.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Ducks list him as day-to-day and it's unclear if he'll be ready to play in Game 5 on Friday night when the series shifts back to Anaheim. Neither team has been able to win on the road yet and having Getzlaf back would certainly help the Ducks' chances of keeping that trend going against the pesky Dallas Stars.
James Neal scores first marker of playoffs | 04/24/2014 9:47 AM
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James Neal scored his first goal of the 2014 playoffs in Game 4 of the first round on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Neal found the back of the net just 33 seconds after Chris Kunitz in the first period. Neal had 27 goals and 61 points in 59 regular season contests, but he was held off the scoresheet in the first three games of the playoffs.
Daniel Paille's (UBI) status remains unclear | 04/24/2014 9:47 AM
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Daniel Paille (upper body) skated on Wednesday.
Boston Herald

Impact
He took Tuesday's session off after he returned to the ice on Monday for an optional skate. Coach Claude Julien didn't provide an update on Paille's availability, so consider him day-to-day and doubtful to play Thursday in Game 4.
Paul Martin has eight points in four games | 04/24/2014 9:45 AM
News
Paul Martin recorded two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Martin is on a four game point streak. He has a league-leading eight assists in four playoff contests. He won't maintain that pace, but if the Penguins enjoy a lengthy playoff run, then there's a good chance that Martin will end up as one of the NHL's top scoring defensemen.
Craig Adams nets shorthanded goal Wednesday | 04/24/2014 9:43 AM
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Craig Adams scored a shorthanded goal in Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime loss on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Adams' goal gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead. Pittsburgh would quickly follow that up with two more markers to establish a 3-0 edge, but they obviously coughed that lead up. Adams has seven goals and 11 points in 97 career playoff games.
Mikkel Boedker playing towards big contract | 04/24/2014 9:40 AM
News
Mikkel Boedker is in line for a big contract if he can replicate his recent success.
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette

Impact
Boedker took a step forward in the 2013 campaign, recording 26 points in 48 games, but the Coyotes didn't want to ink him to a long-term contract in the summer of 2013. Instead, the restricted free agent ended up with a two-year, $5.1 million contract. However, Boedker moved himself closer to a big contract by scoring 19 goals and 51 points in 82 games in 2013-14. "He took real positive steps," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "There's still steps for him to grow - his board work, his 200-foot game - there's areas of growth there. But he's gone from being a young player, a player who wasn't sure if he could do it, to a player who knows he can do it now, and he (has) good skill, committed, good teammate, all the things you like in a player."
Berube sure Mason will be ready if needed | 04/24/2014 9:36 AM
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Flyers coach Craig Berube is sure Steve Mason is ready to start in a postseason game if called upon.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
Mason, who had been dealing with an upper-body injury, replaced Ray Emery late in the third period of Game 3 on Tuesday. "I think the practice time he's had he's looked fine," Berube said on Wednesday. "He hasn't really been with us as a team so much, we haven't practiced a lot as a team. There's been three goalies out there. We'll see tomorrow. He's going to be on the ice with us tomorrow, and we'll go from there." Philadelphia isn't likely to reveal its starting goaltender for Game 4 until just before the contest starts.
Martin St. Louis leads Rangers with 5 points | 04/24/2014 9:29 AM
News
Martin St. Louis has a team-leading five points in three playoff games.
The Bergen Record

Impact
St. Louis got off to a slow start after the Rangers acquired him from Tampa Bay and he ended up with just eight points in the Rangers' final 19 contests. "Maybe he sees it (as) having a clean slate, but I do think prior to the playoffs, even though Marty wasn't on the score sheet as much as everybody anticipated, he was still contributing, like I mentioned many, many times, in different ways and that's why our record as a team was so good," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said about St. Louis. "He's a big part of our group. Obviously, his leadership is helping us here as we try to move forward and we expect him to continue to play the way he is right now."
Rangers prep for possible Flyers goalie swap | 04/24/2014 9:26 AM
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The New York Rangers are preparing for the possibility that the Philadelphia Flyers will make a goaltending change.
The Bergen Record

Impact
Ray Emery started in the first three games of the Flyers first round series against the Rangers. However, Steve Mason is healthy now and Emery was yanked in Game 3. Philadelphia is down 2-1 in the series.
Gaborik: We got to be stronger around our net | 04/24/2014 9:22 AM
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Marian Gaborik thinks the Kings need to play better around their own net in Game 4.
LAKingsInsider.com

Impact
"It wasn't enough," Gaborik said of the Kings' performance in Game 3. "We played our best game of the series, that's for sure. I think we created a lot of chances. Especially in overtime, we didn't give them much, but they scored and they won the game." The Kings are down 3-0 in their series against San Jose. They'll try to avoid the sweep Thursday night.
Brandon Dubinsky forces Game 4 to overtime | 04/24/2014 9:15 AM
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Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist in Columbus' 4-3 overtime victory on Wednesday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Dubinsky scored with 24 seconds left in regulation time to force this contest to overtime. He now has six points in four playoff games.
Fedor Tyutin misses second straight game | 04/24/2014 9:13 AM
News
Fedor Tyutin (undisclosed) missed Game 4 on Wednesday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
It was Tyutin's second straight contest on the sidelines. Columbus was also without defenseman Ryan Murray on Wednesday, but they still managed to earn a 4-3 overtime win.
Blue Jackets get their first home victory | 04/24/2014 9:10 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit to earn their franchise's first playoff victory at home on Wednesday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
"I'm not sure you'd ever want to script being down 3-0 to Pittsburgh," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "But I'm pretty sure you couldn't script a better ending." The series is now tied and in each contest, the team to take a 2-goal lead first has lost. Game 5 will be held on Saturday.
Nick Foligno calls his overtime goal | 04/24/2014 9:07 AM
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Nick Foligno predicted his overtime winner on Wednesday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
"Nick's exact words were: 'I'm going to go out and score the OT goal. I haven't done a whole lot until now. But I'm going to find a way to score. I hope you don't mind,'" teammate Brandon Dubinsky said. Foligno lived up to that pledge, scoring just 2:49 minutes into overtime. It was his first playoff point in two games.
Bryan Allen nets first career playoff goal | 04/24/2014 9:03 AM
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Bryan Allen scored a goal in Anaheim's 4-2 loss on Wednesday.
Orange County Register

Impact
It was Allen's first playoff goal in 18 career games. He had 10 assists in 68 contests during the regular season.
Jonas Hiller makes postseason debut | 04/24/2014 9:00 AM
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Jonas Hiller made his 2014 playoff debut on Wednesday.
Orange County Register

Impact
Hiller came in for Frederik Andersen, who had stopped 21 of 25 shots before being yanked. Hiller played between the pipes for 10:34 minutes, but only faced one shot on goal. Anaheim lost that game 4-2 and after dropping two contests in a row, it will be interesting to see if they start Andersen again or give Hiller a chance.
Miller and the Blues lose in OT | 04/24/2014 3:27 AM
News
Ryan Miller allowed four goals on 34 shots in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Miller couldn't do much for Chicago's goals so you can't really blame him for the loss. Miller now has a 2.24 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in the postseason. Look for him to start also in Game 5 on Friday night.
Tarasenko scores twice in loss | 04/24/2014 3:21 AM
News
Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in St. Louis 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago Wednesday night at United Center and the playoff series is now tied at 2-2.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Tarasenko scored his third and fourth goal of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it wasn't enough for the Blues. Maxim Lapierre also scored for the Blues in the loss.
Crawford and the Blackhawks win | 04/24/2014 3:16 AM
News
Corey Crawford stopped 30 of 33 shots in Chicago's 4-3 overtime win over St. Louis Wednesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Crawford made some good saves in the game, especially in the first period. He now has a 2.21 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in the playoffs.
Blackhawks even series on Kane's OT winner | 04/24/2014 3:10 AM
News
Patrick Kane scored two goals and registered an assist to give Chicago a 4-3 overtime victory over St. Louis and even the Western Conference First Round series at 2-2.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Kane now has four points in four games in this year playoffs. Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw also scored for the Blackhawks, while Jonathan Toews added two helpers in the victory.
Pat Maroon scores in losing effort vs. Dallas | 04/23/2014 11:31 PM
News
Patrick Maroon scored his first goal of the postseason in a 4-2 loss to Dallas on Wednesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Ducks also received a goal from blueliner Bryan Allen in the first period, staking them to a 2-0 lead, but they weren't able to hang on as they eventually lost by a 4-2 mark. Playing on the top line in place of the injured Ryan Getzlaf, Mathieu Perreault picked up an assist in the loss.
Frederik Andersen chased by Stars in loss | 04/23/2014 11:29 PM
News
Anaheim goaltender was chased by the Stars on Wednesday after he allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 4-2 loss.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Andersen was lifted midway through the third period and replaced by Jonas Hiller, who faced only one shot in his relief appearance. It's anybody's guess who will be between the pipes for Anaheim in Game 5, as Andersen, Hiller and John Gibson are all in the running for the opportunity.
Jamie Benn scores in win over Ducks | 04/23/2014 11:25 PM
News
Jamie Benn potted his third goal of the postseason Wednesday as the Stars defeated Anaheim by a score of 4-2.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Benn has carried his excellent regular season directly into the playoffs as he and line mate Tyler Seguin continue to make beautiful music together. Vernon Fiddler, Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski all scored goals for Dallas in the victory.
Kari Lehtonen backstops Stars to Game 4 win | 04/23/2014 11:22 PM
News
Kari Lehtonen was solid in goal for the Stars Wednesday as they outlasted Anaheim to earn a 4-2 victory in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Lehtonen turned aside 21 of 23 shots in the victory, during which Dallas trailed by a score of 2-0 before mounting their comeback. The series shifts back to Anaheim for Game 5 on Friday.
Chris Kunitz scores in Game 4 loss to CBJ | 04/23/2014 10:22 PM
News
Chris Kunitz scored a goal for the Penguins in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Kunitz clearly played his best game of the postseason, racking up five shots on goal in addition to his power play marker. James Neal and Craig Adams also found the back of the net for the Pens in the loss while Paul Martin added a pair of assists.
Marc-Andre Fleury wears horns in OT loss | 04/23/2014 10:18 PM
News
Marc-Andre Fleury won't soon forget the difficulties he encountered in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss in Columbus in Game 4 of their first round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Fleury turned away 42 of 46 shots in the game, which is respectable on its own, but his misplay of a puck behind his net with under 30 seconds to play in the contest led to Brandon Dubinsky's tying goal before Nick Foligno completed the nightmare with the overtime winner. He'll get a chance to redeem himself when the series shifts back to Pittsburgh for Game 5.
Sergei Bobrovsky finds himself in 4-3 OT win | 04/23/2014 10:10 PM
News
Sergei Bobrovsky shook off a slow start to Wednesday's game before earning a 4-3 overtime decision against the Penguins in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Bobrovsky stumbled through the first 20 minutes of the contest, but he eventually settled down and held the fort as his teammates mounted a triumphant comeback. He allowed three goals on 25 shots in the outing, which brings his playoff GAA to 3.21 and his save percentage to an even .900.
Nick Foligno caps comeback with OT winner | 04/23/2014 10:05 PM
News
Nick Foligno played hero for the Blue Jackets Wednesday as his overtime winner sealed a 4-3 victory over the Penguins.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
In one of the best games of the young postseason, Columbus fell behind 3-0 in the first period of this contest only to tie it in the final minute before Foligno capped things off. Ryan Johansen, Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner all scored goals for the Jackets, who have now drawn even with Pittsburgh in the series through four games.
Blue Jackets don't have Ryan Murray Wednesday | 04/23/2014 7:05 PM
News
Ryan Murray (undisclosed) is officially listed as a scratch on Wednesday.
Rob Mixer on Twitter

Impact
That was expected after Murray didn't take part in the pregame warmups. Murray also wasn't able to participate in the team's full Wednesday morning skate. He has an assist in three playoff games and was averaging 25:17 minutes per contest.
Ryan Murray might be scratched Wednesday | 04/23/2014 6:43 PM
News
It looks like Ryan Murray will be scratched on Wednesday.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter

Impact
Murray left the Blue Jackets' Wednesday morning practice early and isn't on for the pregame warmups. That's a big change given that he was averaging 25:17 minutes per contest in the playoffs.
Eddie Lack passes on World Championship | 04/23/2014 6:10 PM
News
Eddie Lack will not join Team Sweden for the 2014 World Championship.
Canucks.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Lack got a lot of work after the Canucks traded Roberto Luongo. Lack's also expected to start the 2014-15 campaign as the Canucks' starting goaltender and he plans to stay in Vancouver over the summer to train.
Mike Babcock wants to see his team shoot more | 04/23/2014 5:18 PM
News
It seems safe to say that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock wants to see his team shoot the puck more in their first round series against Boston.
NHL.com

Impact
When assessing Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask's performance thus far, Babcock remarked that he looked good in warmups "where he's getting his most shots." Rask only had to face 24 shots in Game 1 and 23 in Game 3, but Detroit manage to get 35 shots on goal in Game 2.
Sutter: Kings won't go away quietly | 04/23/2014 5:13 PM
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Kings coach Darryl Sutter vowed that his team won't go away quietly against the Sharks.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Given that San Jose has a 3-0 series lead, putting up a good fight is about all Los Angeles can hope for. The Kings did do significantly better in Game 3 after being blown out in the first two contests of this series, but only three teams in the history of the NHL have outcome a deficit this big.
Paul Carey won't play in Thursday's game | 04/23/2014 4:28 PM
News
Paul Carey will be a healthy scratch on Thursday.
Adrian Dater on Twitter

Impact
Carey hasn't logged more than 4:48 minutes in a single contest in the 2014 playoffs. He had no points in 12 regular season games.
Joey Hishon will make his NHL debut Thursday | 04/23/2014 4:26 PM
News
Joey Hishon will play in Game 4 on Thursday.
Adrian Dater on Twitter

Impact
Hishon had 10 goals and 24 points in 50 AHL games in 2013-14. This will be his first career NHL contest after being taken with the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Duncan Keith rests instead of skating | 04/23/2014 3:37 PM
News
Duncan Keith didn't participate in Chicago's morning skate on Wednesday.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
Keith has been averaging 32:10 minutes per game in the postseason, so this was just an opportunity to give him a breather. Chicago is likely to lean heavily on Keith in the playoffs.
John Gaudreau joins Team USA | 04/23/2014 3:30 PM
News
John Gaudreau will play for Team USA in the 2014 World Championship.
Flames.nhl.com

Impact
Gaudreau had 80 points in 40 NCAA games in 2013-14. He signed an entry-level contract with Calgary and found the back of the net in his only NHL game. This is a great chance for him to gain more experience playing at a high level before he competes for a spot on the Flames' opening game roster.
Niederreiter likely to fill in for Cooke | 04/23/2014 3:04 PM
News
Nino Niederreiter is projected to take Matt Cooke's spot on a line with Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Cooke is expected to be suspended for his knee-on-knee hit to Tyson Barrie. Niederreiter has an assist in three playoff games.
Ben Bishop had a dislocated elbow | 04/23/2014 3:02 PM
News
The injury that kept Ben Bishop out of the playoffs was a dislocated elbow.
Erik Erlendsson on Twitter

Impact
Bishop helped Tampa Bay get to the postseason by recording a 2.23 GAA and .924 save percentage in 63 contests. With Bishop sidelined, the Lightning were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round.
Brenden Morrow is done for the first round | 04/23/2014 2:33 PM
News
Brenden Morrow (foot) will not be available for the remainder of the first round.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter

Impact
Morrow has been dealing with a foot injury throughout the series, but he was able to play on Thursday and Monday. He had 13 goals and 25 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
David Backes misses Blues' morning skate | 04/23/2014 2:05 PM
News
David Backes (upper body) didn't skate with the Blues on Wednesday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
Backes hasn't been ruled out for Game 3 yet, but we would be surprised if he ended up playing. He was sidelined because of a high hit from Brent Seabrook during Saturday's game.
Steve Mason ready to start if needed | 04/23/2014 2:02 PM
News
Steve Mason isn't sure if he will start in Game 4, but he's available if needed.
Adam Kimelman on Twitter

Impact
Mason served as the backup goaltender on Tuesday. Ray Emery allowed four goals on 16 shots before being pulled, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Mason get the nod on Friday.
Bettman is upbeat about new playoff format | 04/23/2014 1:37 PM
News
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the returns on the playoffs thus far have been "terrific."
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
The NHL realigned to a four-division format that primarily seeds the teams based on their position in their respective divisions rather than conference. "We wanted to emphasize geographic rivalries, both in the regular-season schedule and the playoffs," Bettman said. "And if you look at the matchups, whether it's Rangers-Flyers or Bruins-Detroit, this is pretty good stuff." Unless the NHL realigns again, it shouldn't be too uncommon for the same teams to routinely face each other in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Emerson Etem will play for Anaheim Wednesday | 04/23/2014 1:33 PM
News
Emerson Etem will be inserted in Anaheim's lineup for Game 4.
Eric Stephens on Twitter

Impact
Etem will be making his 2014 playoff debut. He was successful in the postseason last year, scoring three goals and five points in seven games.
Ducks will scratch Teemu Selanne on Wednesday | 04/23/2014 1:30 PM
News
Teemu Selanne will be a healthy scratch on Wednesday.
Eric Stephens on Twitter

Impact
Selanne was given just two shifts in the third period of Game 3. The 43-year-old is a future Hall of Famer, but he's seen his role significantly reduced this season. He has already stated that this will be his last season.
Henrik Zetterberg's status unclear for Game 4 | 04/23/2014 1:05 PM
News
Henrik Zetterberg (back) took part in Wednesday's practice.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter

Impact
Zetterberg wouldn't offer a prediction on whether or not he would play on Thursday. Detroit could certainly use him after falling behind 2-1 in its series against the Boston Bruins. That being said, if Zetterberg returns for Game 4, it would be a bit earlier than expected.
Olli Maatta falls short of Calder nomination | 04/23/2014 12:53 PM
News
Olli Maatta isn't one of the finalists for the Calder Trophy.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Impact
Maatta had nine goals and 29 points in 78 games while averaging 18:29 minutes in 2013-14. It's rare for a defenseman to win the Calder Trophy and even if that wasn't the case, Nathan MacKinnon would still be the frontrunner this season. That being said, Maatta had a strong rookie season and has a bright future ahead of him.
Canadiens will rest after sweeping Lightning | 04/23/2014 12:32 PM
News
The Montreal Canadiens will not hold practices on Wednesday or Thursday.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
Montreal swept Tampa Bay in four games, so they can afford to take a little break. After that though, they'll have to start working hard to avoid getting rusty. They might end up with more than a week off as a result of their sweep.
Brenden Dillon won't play in Game 4 | 04/23/2014 12:29 PM
News
Brenden Dillon (lower body) will not return to Dallas' lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday.
Mark Stepneski on Twitter

Impact
Dillon was previously referred to as a long shot to play on Wednesday by Stars coach Lindy Ruff, so this news isn't surprising. That being said, he might be available for Game 5.
Detroit calls up Xavier Ouellet | 04/23/2014 12:27 PM
News
Xavier Ouellet has been promoted by the Detroit Red Wings.
RedWings.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Ouellet has four goals and 13 assists in 70 AHL games in 2013-14. He was taken in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Ondrej Palat gets nominated for Calder Trophy | 04/23/2014 12:09 PM
News
Ondrej Palat has been named as a finalist for the Calder Trophy.
NHL.com

Impact
Palat scored 23 goals and 59 points in 81 games in 2013-14. Those numbers are slightly below Nathan MacKinnon in the rookie leaderboard. Palat is the underdog in the fight between him and MacKinnon for the rookie of the year award, but it's worth noting that Palat did break out in the second half of the campaign with 44 points in his final 42 games.
MacKinnon, Palat, Johnson are Calder nominees | 04/23/2014 12:06 PM
News
Nathan MacKinnon is one of the three finalist for the Calder Trophy.
NHL.com

Impact
MacKinnon is competing with two Lightning forwards - Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson - for the rookie of the year award. MacKinnon is the frontrunner for this honor after he led all rookies with 63 points in 82 games. He also scored 24 goals, including five game-winners.
Tyler Johnson is a Calder Trophy finalist | 04/23/2014 12:03 PM
News
Tyler Johnson has been nominated for the Calder Trophy.
NHL.com

Impact
Johnson was one of two Lightning players that were selected as a finalist for the rookie of the year award. He doesn't have much of a chance of winning, but he had a strong season with 24 goals, 26 assists, and a plus-23 rating.
David Backes might be available for Game 4 | 04/23/2014 10:57 AM
News
The status of David Backes will be made clearer after Wednesday's morning skate.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
"No update," coach Ken Hitchcock said Tuesday. "We'll let you know (today)." There's a chance that he could be back in the lineup for Game 4 after he was leveled by an illegal hit from Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook this past Saturday.
Brent Burns nets his second goal of playoffs | 04/23/2014 10:56 AM
News
Brent Burns scored for San Jose in its 4-3 overtime win against Los Angeles.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Burns has two goals and three points in three playoff games. He had 22 goals and 26 assists in 69 contests in the regular season.
Matthew Nieto has 4 points in 3 playoff games | 04/23/2014 10:54 AM
News
Matthew Nieto found the back of the net in San Jose's 4-3 overtime win on Tuesday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Nieto has recorded at least a point in each of San Jose's playoff contests thus far. He now has a goal and three assists in three postseason games.
Tomas Hertl nets his second goal of playoffs | 04/23/2014 10:53 AM
News
Tomas Hertl scored a goal in the Sharks' 4-3 overtime win on Tuesday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Hertl has two goals and three points in three games this season. Although he missed most of his rookie season due to a PCL and MCL injury, his rise has given the Sharks some extra scoring depth. That might prove to be the difference for San Jose as they compete for the Stanley Cup.
Evgeni Malkin regains confidence | 04/23/2014 10:49 AM
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Evgeni Malkin regained some confidence in Game 3 on Monday.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Malkin hasn't found the back of the net yet in the Penguins' first round series against Columbus, but he does have three assists in three games. He played alongside Jussi Jokinen and James Neal on Monday and liked how his line played. "We need to just play the same," Malkin said.
Predators approve of Rinne playing in WHC | 04/23/2014 10:48 AM
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Nashville GM David Poile is fine with Pekka Rinne playing in the IIHF World Hockey Championships for Finland.
The Nashville Tennessean

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"It's a great sign that he'll be getting more game action," Poile said. "Because of the time he missed, he didn't get to play enough hockey this season, so he's still eager to play. His health is good and playing in the tournament bodes well for the future." Rinne missed 51 games this season after undergoing surgery for a hip infection. He wants to train hard over the summer to get ready for next year and getting some additional action next month should help as well.
Claude Giroux had an assist Tuesday | 04/23/2014 10:45 AM
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Claude Giroux recorded an assist in Philadelphia's 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers.
CSN Philadelphia

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Giroux also had two shots on goal after failing to get any in the first two games of the Flyers' first round series. He had 28 goals and 86 points in 82 contests during the regular season.
Babcock: 'We were off-kilter from the get-go' | 04/23/2014 10:32 AM
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Mike Babcock was perplexed by his team's performance in Game 3.
Detroit News

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"We were off-kilter from the get-go," Babcock said after a 3-0 loss to Boston. "I don't know why, whether we were rattled or nervous or excited. I'm a veteran coach, and maybe as a veteran coach I should've seen that. I had no idea we'd start like we did." The Red Wings were assessed eight giveaways in the match compared to just one by the Bruins. Detroit trails Boston 2-1 in the series with Game 4 set for Thursday night.
Horcoff, Stars welcome playoff animosity | 04/23/2014 10:23 AM
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Shawn Horcoff expected the hate to build up in Dallas' opening round series against Anaheim.
Dallas Morning News

Impact
"That's playoff hockey," he said. "You play each other enough, and you're going to develop some tension in the game. I mean, it's natural. Neither of us wants to go home, so the only way to keep playing is to fight harder." The Stars played a much more in-your-face style in Game 3 and it helped them post a 3-0 victory. Horcoff, who has two assists in three contests this postseason, and Dallas will be looking to even up the series on Wednesday night.
Charles Wang mulling options with Islanders | 04/23/2014 10:01 AM
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke on Tuesday and said that Islanders owner Charles Wang is still debating what move he wants to make with regards to the possible sale of the team.
New York Newsday

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Wang has gotten some expressions of interest about the Islanders, should he opt to sell them. One potential suitor is reportedly Andrew Barroway, who is a wealth manager based in Philadelphia. At the moment though, it sounds like nothing is imminent.
Derek Stepan nets second goal of playoffs | 04/23/2014 9:54 AM
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Derek Stepan scored the opening goal in the Rangers' 4-1 victory on Tuesday.
The Bergen Record

Impact
Stepan has two goals and three points in three games so far in the Rangers' first round series against Philadelphia. He wasn't a major offensive contributor in the Rangers' previous postseason runs, but if that changes this year, then it would greatly aide them in their quest to win the Stanley Cup.
Matt Duchene calls his recovery a 'process' | 04/23/2014 9:54 AM
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Matt Duchene (knee) skated for more than 30 minutes on Tuesday.
Denver Post

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He said this injury is less severe than a similar MCL sprain he had two seasons ago, but he isn't sure when he'll be available to return. "It helps knowing my body way better than I did the last time I hurt my knee," said Duchene. "It's a process, and I understand the process better this time."
Rick Nash gets two assists in Game 3 | 04/23/2014 9:51 AM
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Rick Nash had two assists in the Rangers' 4-1 victory on Tuesday.
The Bergen Record

Impact
Nash is 29 years old, but this is just his third playoff run after spending the better part of his career thus far in Columbus. He didn't do particularly well for the Rangers in the 2013 playoffs, but he already has four points in three games this year.
Carcillo draws into lineup, scores Tuesday | 04/23/2014 9:49 AM
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Daniel Carcillo scored a goal in the Rangers' 4-1 victory on Tuesday.
The Bergen Record

Impact
Carcillo was a healthy scratch for the first two games of the Rangers' first round series against Philadelphia, but after the night Carcillo had, he should stay in the lineup for Game 4. "He's such a big part of the team," said Dan Girardi. "He'll do anything. He's blocking shots and I thought he scored a big goal. He does a bit of everything. He has Stanley Cup experience."
Anze Kopitar has 3 points in 3 playoff games | 04/23/2014 9:43 AM
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Anze Kopitar is on a six-game point streak dating back to the regular season.
LAKingsInsider.com

Impact
Kopitar has registered an assist in each of the Kings' first three playoff games. Los Angeles will probably need even more out of Kopitar going forward as the team is now down 3-0 in its first round series against San Jose.
Drew Doughty records two points vs. Sharks | 04/23/2014 9:41 AM
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Drew Doughty had two assists in the Kings' 4-3 overtime loss on Tuesday.
LAKingsInsider.com

Impact
Doughty now has three points in three games in the Kings' first-round series. At the age of 24, Doughty has already played in 53 playoff games and has recorded 35 points.
Jeff Carter is on 7-game playoff point streak | 04/23/2014 9:39 AM
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Jeff Carter's playoff point streak has reached seven games.
LAKingsInsider.com

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Carter scored a goal in the Kings' 4-3 overtime loss to San Jose on Tuesday. That was his 50th career postseason point in 88 games.
Blackhawks reunite Kane, Toews and Bickell | 04/23/2014 9:39 AM
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Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are expected to remain on the same line for Game 4 on Wednesday night.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
They were reunited, along with Bryan Bickell, in Game 3 after seeing some time together earlier in the series. "There is just lots of confidence there. We know what to expect," Toews said. "We know that every shift we go out there that we can get that puck possession and create stuff. The more we create, eventually it's going to go in." That trio helped the Blackhawks earn the Stanley Cup last year and they'll try to help Chicago even up their series with St. Louis on Wednesday.
Can Richards, Carter best 3-0 deficit again? | 04/23/2014 9:38 AM
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Now that the Kings are down 3-0 to San Jose in their first round series, Los Angeles will probably turn to Mike Richards and Jeff Carter for advice.
LAKingsInsider.com

Impact
Only three teams in NHL history have successfully come back from a 3-0 series deficit, but one of those teams were the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers. At the time, Carter and Richards were key members of that squad, so their presence alone is proof to their teammates that it's possible.
Dillon Simpson signs entry-level deal | 04/23/2014 9:30 AM
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Dillon Simpson has inked an entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
Edmonton Sun

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Simpson had seven goals and 23 points in 42 games with the University of North Dakota in 2013-14. He was taken by Edmonton in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Rather than join the AHL Oklahoma City Barons immediately, Simpson will stay in university to finish his degree in finance degree.
Richards paints Game 3 as learning experience | 04/23/2014 9:25 AM
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Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards suggested that Game 3 was another learning experience for his team.
Columbus Dispatch

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The inexperienced Blue Jackets got off to a 3-1 lead in their first home game, but, as was the case in Game 1, they coughed up the edge en route to a 4-3 defeat. "We learned something coming out of Game 1 in Pittsburgh," Richards said. "It was new for a lot of guys, the whole experience of playing playoff hockey on a big stage. And it was different coming home for a game. For a lot of our guys it was Game 1 all over again. There was a lot of emotion in it, and the emotion, at times, kind of derailed us, just our thinking on the ice. It sidetracks your game." That's fair, but the Blue Jackets have no blown two very winnable games against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Those are golden opportunities gone and there's no guarantee they'll get another one. As a learning experience for future playoff runs, this series might prove to be very helpful for Columbus, but in the short-term, they're running out of time if they want to pull off a first round upset.
Tyler Johnson got his 1st playoff goal Tues. | 04/23/2014 9:20 AM
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Tyler Johnson got his first NHL postseason marker in Game 4's 4-3 loss to Montreal.
Tampa Tribune

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He tied the game at 3-3 in the third period, but Montreal scored a late power-play marker to eliminate in the Lightning in four straight games. Johnson had two points and 11 shots in the series. The rookie forward amassed 24 goals and 50 points in 82 contests this year.
Emerson Etem might dress for Game 4 | 04/23/2014 9:18 AM
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Emerson Etem might draw into the Ducks' lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday.
Orange County Register

Impact
Etem was called up on Sunday after recording 24 goals and 54 points in 50 AHL games. He looked good in the 2013 playoffs with three goals and five points in seven contests.
Koivu might not dress for Wednesday's game | 04/23/2014 9:16 AM
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Saku Koivu might be a healthy scratch Wednesday night.
Orange County Register

Impact
Koivu has no points and a minus-four rating in three games in the Ducks' first round series against Dallas. He was on the ice for just two shifts in Game 3 and logged 8:28 minutes of ice time overall in that contest.
Victor Hedman pots his first postseason goal | 04/23/2014 9:15 AM
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Victor Hedman potted his first goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Tuesday's loss to Montreal.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
The Canadiens swept the Lightning in four straight games, but Hedman concluded his season with a point in three consecutive outings. He has a goal and eight assists in 22 postseason games in his career. The 23-year-old blueliner broke out offensively in 2013-14 with 13 goals and 55 points in 75 matches. Hedman has a very bright future ahead of him.
Teemu Selanne might be a healthy scratch | 04/23/2014 9:14 AM
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Teemu Selanne might end up spending Game 4 in the press box.
Orange County Register

Impact
Selanne has played less in each playoff contest thus far and was on the ice for just two shifts in the third period of the Stars' 3-0 win over Anaheim in Game 3. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was asked if he needs to see more from Selanne, who has an assist and a minus-one rating in three games. "You'd like to think. Right now, there's a lot of bumps and bruises on guys," Boudreau said. "I don't know who's playing, who's not."
Keith Aulie made his playoff debut in Game 4 | 04/23/2014 9:07 AM
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Keith Aulie suited up in his first NHL playoff game Tuesday night.
Tampa Tribune

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In doing so, he became the 11th different Lightning player to make their Stanley Cup Playoff debut in the series. Aulie got a chance to play because of injuries to Radko Gudas (lower body) and Sami Salo (upper body). He had two hits, two blocks and a plus-1 rating in 12:22 of ice time.
Sitting in the playoffs frustrated Ben Bishop | 04/23/2014 8:52 AM
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Ben Bishop won't get a chance to play in the postseason now that the Tampa Bay Lightning have been eliminated.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
"Extremely frustrating, you can't really put it into words," Bishop said of missing the playoffs. "It's been real tough to have to watch." The Montreal Canadiens completed a four-game sweep of the Bolts on Tuesday night. Bishop missed the entire series because of an arm injury, which was reported as his elbow. He was excellent during the regular season and Tampa sorely missed his presence in the playoffs. Bishop posted a 37-14-7 record with a .924 save percentage and a 2.23 goals-against average.
Cedric Paquette commits ill-time penalty | 04/23/2014 8:45 AM
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Cedric Paquette's tripping penalty late in the third period led to Montreal's series clinching goal in the final minute of regulation.
Tampa Tribune

Impact
"I felt pretty bad, to be honest," Paquette said. "That's my bad, I was a little too aggressive and he fell ... . They didn't call much in this game, and I did a bad play, but that is just a bad moment." He earned an assist on Tyler Johnson's game-tying goal earlier in the third and finished the series with two helpers in four matches. Coach Jon Cooper praised the 20-year-old forward for his contributions after the game. Paquette will probably be in the running for a roster spot with the Lightning out of training camp in the fall.
Lars Eller extends playoff point streak Tues. | 04/23/2014 8:31 AM
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Lars Eller scored a goal in Game 4 to extend his playoff point streak.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He had two goals and three helpers in Montreal's first round series versus Tampa Bay for a four-game point spree. Eller has two goals on just six shots so far.
Brendan Gallagher was red hot in Round 1 | 04/23/2014 8:26 AM
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Brendan Gallagher potted his third goal of the playoffs in Tuesday's 4-3 triumph over Tampa Bay.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
The Canadiens swept the Lightning in four straight games and Gallagher picked up at least one point in each contest. He also scored a goal in each of his last three outings. He's probably not looking forward to the layoff between rounds, as it could cool him down a bit.
Daniel Briere scores in Game 4 victory | 04/23/2014 8:20 AM
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Daniel Briere gave Montreal a 1-0 lead just 2:24 into the first period.
Montreal Gazette

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

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

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

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

Impact
"It's going to be exciting. You know you watch a lot of the playoff games growing up and see the octopus thrown on the ice, and as a kid you dream of playing in the playoffs in this building," Krug said before Tuesday night's Game 3. "I probably was thinking I was on the other side. But now I'm excited in the position I'm in and we can come in and be the bad guys." He saw 17:15 of ice time and registered a shot on goal in Tuesday's 3-0 victory. Krug has two assists in three games in the series.
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