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Nikita Kucherov, RW, TAM5/3/2015 9:34:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals in Tampa Bay's, 6-2, victory over the Canadiens in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday.
Insight: Both of Kucherov's goals came on the power play. Tampa Bay scored on its last four power play shots, going 4-for-8 on the man advantage in the game. Kucherov has three goals and four assists in nine postseason games this spring. The three goals are all in this second round series versus Montreal. Tampa Bay leads the series, 2-0.
Carey Price, G, MON5/3/2015 9:32:00 PM
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed six goals for the first time this season as Montreal defeated Tampa Bay, 6-2, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday.
Insight: None of the goals were Price's fault. Tampa Bay had some incredible passes, which led to wide open nets and unsavable chances. Montreal's defense was awful, and the team continued to take penalties and put Price in bad situations. Tampa Bay went 4-for-8 on the man advantage in the game. Price finished the game with 18 saves on 24 chances.
Steven Stamkos, C, TAM5/3/2015 9:28:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos broke his postseason goaless streak and added two assists as Tampa Bay routed Montreal, 6-2, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday.
Insight: Stamkos scored on a beautiful stretch pass from Jason Garrison. The pass set up Stamkos with a breakaway, and Stamkos completely faked out Canadiens goaltender Carey Price to score. It was Stamkos' first goal in 12 postseason games. Stamkos had two assists on Nikita Kucherov's power-play goals as well. Tampa Bay leads the series, 2-0.
Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS5/2/2015 3:56:00 PM
Description: Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored a goal during Saturday's Game 2 loss to the Rangers.
Insight: It was his fourth of the playoffs, and he also had four shots on goal. Evgeny Kuznetsov also tallied for Washington in the game.
Derick Brassard, C, NYR5/2/2015 3:54:00 PM
Description: Rangers center Derick Brassard scored the eventual game-winner Saturday versus Washington.
Insight: He also had three shots and a plus-one rating in the game. Brassard now has four goals this postseason. Dan Boyle and Chris Kreider also lit the lamp for the Rangers.
Braden Holtby, G, WAS4/30/2015 10:23:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby had an outstanding Game 1 versus the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday.
Insight: Holtby made 31 saves in the, 2-1, victory. He also helped the Capitals kill two penalties. Washington has not allowed a power-play goal in eight playoff games this spring. Washington has a, 1-0, series lead.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR4/30/2015 10:21:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist played well in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals versus the Capitals, but he allowed a bad goal that cost New York the game.
Insight: With 1.3 seconds left, Joel Ward slipped the pick right below Lundqvist's pad to win, 2-1. Ward was wide open right in front of the net, but Ludnqvist usually stops that shot. Capitals take a, 1-0, series lead.
Joel Ward, RW, WAS4/30/2015 10:17:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Rangers with 1.3 seconds left.
Insight: Washington won, 2-1. Alex Ovechkin had the puck behind the net and just sent it to the front. Ward was sitting there all by himself and he slipped the puck below Henrik Lundqvist's pad. That was Ward's only shot of the game. The Capitals are out to a surprising, 1-0, series lead.
Braydon Coburn, D, TAM4/29/2015 10:18:00 PM
Description: Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn scored the game-winning goal of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Red Wings.
Insight: Coburn scored on a one-timer pass from Ryan Callahan about four minutes into the third period. That was Coburn's only shot of the game. He was one of the least likely heroes of heading into Game 7 as Coburn only scored one goals in 43 games during the regular season.
Petr Mrazek, G, DET4/29/2015 10:15:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek allowed just one goal in the Game 7 loss to the Lightning on Wednesday.
Insight: Mrazek only had to make 15 saves, but that wasn't enough as Tampa Bay scored on a one-timer in the third period to win. Mrazek had no chance to make the save. Tampa Bay added an empty-net goal and won, 2-0. Surely, the media will begin speculating what will happen to Red Wings coach Mike Babcock this offseason.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM4/29/2015 10:13:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop stopped all 31 shots he faced in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Red Wings as Tampa Bay won, 2-0.
Insight: It was only the second time Detroit outshot Tampa Bay in the series, and the Red Wings nearly doubled the Lightning's shot total, 31-16. Bishop also appeared nervous to start the game, but he and his team settled down. With the shutout, Tampa Bay wins the series and advances to the next round to face the Montreal Canadiens.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WAS4/27/2015 10:09:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov rscored the game-winner in Game 7 to defeat the Islanders.
Insight: He did so with under eight minutes to go. It was his third goal of the series, and he also had two shots on goal on the night.
Tomas Tatar, LW, DET4/27/2015 9:50:00 PM
Description: Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar scored two goals during Monday's loss to the Lightning.
Insight: He also had five shots on goal and now has three goals in the series.
Tyler Johnson, C, TAM4/27/2015 9:48:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson scored twice Monday versus Detroit.
Insight: he helped force a Game 7, and now has six goals in the series. Johnson also had two penaly minutes and a plus-two rating in the game.
Brendan Gallagher, RW, MON4/26/2015 9:49:00 PM
Description: Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher scored the game-winner Sunday versus Ottawa.
Insight: His first period goal was all Montreal needed, as they advanced after beating the Senators 2-0. It was Gallagher's first goal of the series.
Jake Allen, G, STL4/26/2015 6:04:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen was pulled during Sunday's Game 6 against the Wild.
Insight: He was not sharp, allowing two goals on just 13 shots. Brian Elliott took over and allowed one goal on seven total shots.
Devan Dubnyk, G, MIN4/26/2015 6:01:00 PM
Description: Wild goaltender Devin Dubnyk defeated the Blues Sunday to help Minnesota advance.
Insight: Dubnyk allowed just one goal on 31 shots. His storybook season continues.
Zach Parise, LW, MIN4/26/2015 6:00:00 PM
Description: Wild left winger Zach Parise scored twice in Sunday's Game 6 win over the Blues.
Insight: Parise helped Minnesota advance with a plus-two rating on the day and three goals in the series overall. He will be a fine option next round.
Jannik Hansen, RW, VAN4/26/2015 12:03:00 PM
Description: Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen had a goal and an assist in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, but it wasn't nearly enough as Vancouver lost, 7-4.
Insight: Hansen and Vancouver dominated the first period as they scored the first three goals of the game, one of which was from Hansen, but Calgary rallied to tie the game in the second period. Hansen assisted Luca Sbisa's goal as Vancouver retook the lead, but Calgary scored four times in the third with the final two being empty-netters. Hansen had two goals and two assissts in the series. Hansen has been improving his offense over the last two seasons and has made himself into a low-end fantasy option. He scored 27 points in 47 games last season with a solid +12 rating. He's totaled two goals and two assists in 11 games so far this year.
Jiri Hudler, RW, CAL4/26/2015 12:00:00 PM
Description: Flames left winger Jiri Hudler had two goals and two assists in the amazing comeback from the Flames on Saturday as they won the series against the Canucks, 4-2.
Insight: Vancouver jumped out to a, 3-0, lead, and it looked like Game 7 was looming, but the Flames scored seven of the next eight goals to win Game 6, 7-4. Hudler had two assists in the second period as Calgary tied the game, 3-3, and then trailing, 4-3, in the third, Judler scored twice as Calgary blew the game open. The Flames will face the Ducks in the next round of the playoffs.
Duncan Keith, D, CHI4/26/2015 11:57:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith played hero again, scoring the game-winner in the third period of Game 6 to clinch a, 4-2, series victory over the Predators.
Insight: Keith fake his shot from the point a couple times before taking a wrister towards the net that Pekka Rinne had no chance of seeing. Keith led the Blackhawks with six shots on goal in Game 6 and also had two assists. Chicago will play either St. Louis or Minnesota in the next round.
James Neal, LW, NAS4/26/2015 11:55:00 AM
Description: Predators winger James Neal scored two goals in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday to help Nashville take a, 2-0, lead, but again Nashivlle could not hold an early lead against Chicago.
Insight: The Blackhawks came back to win, 4-3, and clinched the series. Neal played so well in the first 10 minutes, but he then went back to his old self, committing a silly penalty at the 12:09 mark in the first period. The Blackhawks scored on the power play, and that got them back into the game. Neal finished with four goals, an assist and eight penalty minutes in the series..
Corey Crawford, G, CHI4/26/2015 11:50:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford saved the day in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals as he replaced Scott Darling in the first period and stopped all 13 shots he faced, and Chicago won, 4-3.
Insight: Nashville jumped on Scott Darling in the first period, scoring three of the first four goals in the game, but Crawford came on and the Blackhawks settled down. After falling behind, 2-0, Chicago tied the score, 3-3, at the end of the first period. Duncan Keith's goal late in the third won Game 6 and the series. Chicago won the series, 4-2, and will play the winner of the Blues versus the Wild in the next round.
Pavel Datsyuk, C, DET4/25/2015 9:05:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and was plus-one in the, 4-0, victory over the Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Insight: Datsyuk scored on the power play, which was Detroit's second goal on the man advantage in the game. The goal was also the third of the game and came with under five minutes to go, so it pretty much sealed the victory for Detroit. Red Wings fans probably loved seeing the late third goal after blowing a two-goal lead the other night. Game 6 is on Monday, and Detroit leads, 3-2.
Steven Stamkos, C, TAM4/25/2015 9:03:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay needs more from center Steven Stamkos if they are going to come back and win the series against the Red Wings.
Insight: Stamkos has just two assists in the first five games of the series versus Detroit. Those two assists came in the same game. In the last three games, Stamkos has just eight shots on net and is minus-two. Detroit leads the series, 3-1.
Petr Mrazek, G, DET4/25/2015 9:00:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek recorded his second shutout of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals as Detroit beat Tampa Bay, 4-0, in Game 5 on Saturday.
Insight: Mrazek stopped all 28 shots he faced. Even with the hiccup in Game 3 where Mrazek allowed four goals on 18 shots, he has posted a .940 save percentage and 1.91 GAA. Detroit leads the series, 3-2.
Jaroslav Halak, G, NYI4/25/2015 6:18:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak had his best game of the series in Game 6 to help New York strave off elimination, beating Washington, 3-1, on Saturday in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: Halak made 38 saves on 39 shots in what could be the final game at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders will have to win Game 7 on Monday in order to ensure more home games. Halak has a .913 save percentage and a 2.61 GAA in the series.
Braden Holtby, G, WAS4/25/2015 6:15:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby had a solid Game 6, but Washington only scored once as the New York Islanders won, 3-1, in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Insight: Holtby made 35 saves on 37 chances, but it wasn't enough as his counterpart, Jaroslav Halak, only allowed one goal. The final New York goal was an empty-netter. Holtby is 2-3 in the series, but he has allowed just two goals in the last 58 shots he has faced. Game 7 is on Monday.
John Tavares, C, NYI4/25/2015 6:13:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored his second goal of the playoffs to help New York avoid elimination as the Islanders beat the Capitals, 6-2, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Insight: Tavares also had an assist on the game-winning goal from Nikolay Kulemin in the third period. The, 3-1, victory for the Islanders forces a Game 7 in Washington on Monday.
Tom Gilbert, D, MON4/24/2015 10:56:00 PM
Description: Montreal defenseman Tom Gilbert scored the team's lone goal on Friday night.
Insight: Montreal is now sweating things out, as they failed to close out the series at home. Gilbert also recorded four shots on goal.
Bobby Ryan, LW, OTT4/24/2015 10:50:00 PM
Description: Senators winger Bobby Ryan scored his first goal of the series on Friday night.
Insight: The Senators made it a series, and now trail 3-2. If they have any hope of forcing Game 7, they will need Ryan to do even more.
Gustav Nyquist, LW, DET4/23/2015 10:04:00 PM
Description: Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist scored a goal Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: He also had three shots and a plus-one rating ont he night. Joakim Andersson also lit the lamp for Detroit on Thursday.
Tyler Johnson, C, TAM4/23/2015 10:02:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson was the hero Thursday against the Red Wings.
Insight: With Tampa Day down 2-0 late in the third period, Johnson scored his first goal, then after Ondrej Palat sent it into overtime, Johnson won it for Tampa Bay just over two minutes in. He also had an assist, four shots, and a plus-three rating on the night.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WAS4/23/2015 9:42:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded three points during Thursday's Game 5 win over the Islanders.
Insight: He had two goals and an assist, along with seven shots, two penalty minutes, and a plus-two rating on the night. The goals were his first two of the series.
Jaroslav Halak, G, NYI4/23/2015 9:35:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak was pulled in Game 5 on Thursday night.
Insight: He allowed five goals on 35 shots before being lifted in the third period. Halak will be back in net for a do-or-die Game 6.
Eddie Lack, G, VAN4/23/2015 3:29:00 PM
Description: Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack gave up three goals in seven shots during Gamr 4 of the series with Calgary and will not start Game 5.
Insight: Lack is 1-3 in the playoffs with a 3.03 GAA and .886 save percentage. The Canucks will go with the veteran in Game 5. Ryan Miller will get the call. Miller was 29-15-1 this season with a 2.53 GAA and .911 save percentage.
Ryan Miller, G, VAN4/23/2015 3:25:00 PM
Description: Canucks goalie Ryan Miller played for the first time this postseason on Tuesday, stopping all 15 shots he faced in the final two periods of Game 4 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Flames and will get the start on Thursday in Game 5.
Insight: He replaces Eddie Lack. Miller has a career 27-26 playoff record with a 2.47 GAA and .916 save percentage, most of which was when he played for the Sabres.
Mike Hoffman, LW, OTT4/22/2015 10:52:00 PM
Description: Senators left winger Mike Hoffman recorded two points during Friday's Game 5 win over Montreal.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with four shots on goal. Hoffman's goal came on the power play.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT4/22/2015 10:00:00 PM
Description: Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury allowed two goals during Wednesday's Game 4 loss to the Rangers.
Insight: Fleury played well despite taking his third loss of the series. He stopped 22 shots on 24 attempts, and will need another solid outing on Friday.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR4/22/2015 9:59:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist came up big during Wednesday's Game 4 win over the Penguins.
Insight: He allowed just one goal on 23 shots and made some massive saves throughout the entire game. Lundqvist is now 3-1 in the postseason.
Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT4/22/2015 9:58:00 PM
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored the team's lone goal Wednesday against the Rangers.
Insight: It was his second goal of the series and he also had three total shots. Pittsburgh is now down 3-1 in the series and will have to win Friday to avoid elimination.
Kevin Hayes, RW, NYR4/22/2015 9:57:00 PM
Description: Rangers rookie winger Kevin Hayes was the hero Wednesday versus Pittsburgh.
Insight: He scored the game-winner less than four minutes into OT, and alos had three shots and a plus-one rating. Derick Brassard also tallied for the Rangers.
Carey Price, G, MON4/22/2015 9:39:00 PM
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed just one goal, but took the loss Wednesday versus Ottawa.
Insight: It was Price's first loss of the series. He stopped 31-of-32 shots on goal, and still like very sharp.
Craig Anderson, G, OTT4/22/2015 9:38:00 PM
Description: Senators goalie Craig Anderson was the main reason Ottawa lives to see another day.
Insight: He posted a shutout against the Canadiens by stopping all 38 shots on goal. Anderson will be back in net for Game 5.
Mike Hoffman, LW, OTT4/22/2015 9:37:00 PM
Description: Senators left winger Mike Hoffman scored the team's lone goal during Wednesday's Game 4 victory against Montreal.
Insight: It was the only goal of the game and Hoffman also had four shots and a plus-one rating on the night.
Brent Seabrook, D, CHI4/22/2015 10:36:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook scored the game-winning goal in triple overtime of Game 4 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Predators on Tuesday.
Insight: This was Seabrook's third overtime winner in the postseason. His shot came from the point and seemed to beat Pekka Rinne because of Bryan Bickell's screen in front of the net. Seabrook has two goals and three points in the series, which Chicago leads, 3-1..
Pekka Rinne, G, NAS4/22/2015 10:34:00 AM
Description: Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 45 saves, but it wasn't enough in the triple overtime loss to the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Western Conference on Tuesday.
Insight: Rinne was excellent in overtime, but Nashville was able to beat Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling. On the game-winning goal, Rinne was screened and had no chance to stop the shot. Nashville returns home for Game 5 trailing in the series, 3-1.
Scott Darling, G, CHI4/22/2015 10:30:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling made 50 saves in the, 3-2, triple overtime victory over the Predators in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Insight: The game lasted into the early part of the morning as Brent Seabrook scored the game-winning one minute into triple overtime. Chicago really took over this game in the third period, and as a result, Darling only made five saves in the period, but he stopped 20 shots in overtime. He is 3-0 with a .969 save percentage in the series.
Jiri Hudler, RW, CAL4/22/2015 10:26:00 AM
Description: Flames left winger Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist in Calgary's, 3-1, victory over the Canucks on Tuesday in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: The Calgary power play was clicking on Tuesday, and Hudler owners loved it. He assisted Johnny Gaudreau's goal in the first four minutes of the game, and then Hudler scored on the power play six minutes later. The Flames man advantage was 2-for-4 in the game. The two points were Hudler's first of the series.
Ryan Miller, G, VAN4/22/2015 10:23:00 AM
Description: Canucks goalie Ryan Miller played for the first time this postseason on Tuesday, stopping all 15 shots he faced in the final two periods of Game 4 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Flames.
Insight: It wasn't enough, however, as Calgary won, 3-1. All the scoring took place in the first period. Miller replaced starter Eddie Lack, who allowed three goals on seven shots. With the Flames ahead in the series, 3-1, it will be interesting to see who the Canucks start in Game 5 on Thursday.
Jonas Hiller, G, CAL4/22/2015 10:20:00 AM
Description: Flames goalie Jonas Hiller continued his strong play in the Western Conference Quarterfinals as he stopped 28-of-29 shots in Game 4, and Calgary beat Vancouver, 3-1, on Tuesday.
Insight: Hiller has been one of the best goaltenders through the first half of the postseason's first round. He is 3-1 with a .938 save percentage in four games. Calgary will have a chance to clinch the series victory on Thursday.
Casey Cizikas, C, NYI4/21/2015 10:44:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Casey Cizikas scored the team's lone goal during Tuesday's Game 3 loss versus Washington.
Insight: He score in the first period to tie the game 1-1, but New York fell in OT. Cizikas also recorded four shots on goal and a plus-one rating on the night.
Nicklas Backstrom, C, WAS4/21/2015 10:42:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was the hero Tuesday against the Islanders.
Insight: He scored the OT winner to send Washington home with the series tied 2-2. Backstrom also had an assist, five shots, and a plus-two rating on the night.
Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS4/21/2015 10:41:00 PM
Description: Capitals star Alex Ovechkin posted two points in Tuesday's Game 3 OT win over the Islanders.
Insight: He scored the opening goal on a pretty deflection in the first period and set up the game0winner in OT. The goal was Ovechkin's second of the series.
Pavel Datsyuk, C, DET4/21/2015 9:51:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk got Detroit going in Game 3, scoring the game's first goal on a deflection as the Red Wings went on to beat the Lightning, 3-0, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Insight: Tomas Tatar took a shot from the point that Datsyuk redirected into the net. Datsyuk was tied for the team lead with four shots on net. He has two goals and an assist in the series as Detroit leads, 2-1.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM4/21/2015 9:48:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop continued his inconsistent play in the postseason as Tampa Bay dropped Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-0, on Tuesday.
Insight: Bishop had a rough Game 1 but responded with a very strong Game 2 to even the series. In Game 3, Bishop allowed two goals on 20 shots to post a .900 save percentage. He has a .897 save percentage in the series, and Detroit leads, 2-1.
Petr Mrazek, G, DET4/21/2015 9:46:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 22 saves in the, 3-0, victory over the Lightning on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: There was a little bit of debate whether Detroit should stick with Mrazek or switch to Jimmy Howard, who played the third period of Game 2. Coach Mike Babcock made the right choice to stick with Mrazek as he picked up his first career postseason shutout. The underdog Red Wings lead the series, 2-1.
Zach Parise, LW, MIN4/20/2015 10:48:00 PM
Description: Wild left winger Zach Parise had a goal and an assist in the, 3-0, victory over the Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Monday.
Insight: Parise assisted Jason Pominville's goal to start the scoring, and then Pominville returned the favor with an assis on Parise's goal. Parise has four points in the series. Minnesota leads St. Louis, 2-1.
Jake Allen, G, STL4/20/2015 10:46:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen allowed two goals on 23 attempts in the, 3-0, loss to the Wild in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Monday.
Insight: The third goal was an empty-netter. Allen has been decent in the series, but Devan Dubnyk has been better for Minnesota. The Wild lead the series, 2-1.
Devan Dubnyk, G, MIN4/20/2015 10:44:00 PM
Description: Wild goaltender Devin Dubnyk recorded his first postseason shutout in the, 3-0, victory over the Blues in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Monday.
Insight: Dubnyk didn't get much work, but he stopped all 17 shots he faced. Minnesota leads the series, 2-1.
Chris Kreider, LW, NYR4/20/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Rangers winger Chris Kreider scored the game-winning goal in Monday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Penguins.
Insight: It didn't count as a power-play goal, but the Pittsburgh penalty had just ended, and they still didn't have five skaters defending. Marc Staal made a tremendous pass off the end boards behind Marc-Andre Fleury. The puck bounced to Kreider's skate, which he buried in the back of the net. New York leads the series, 2-1.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT4/20/2015 10:06:00 PM
Description: Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury continues to battle and has kept Pittsburgh in the series versus the Rangers.
Insight: Fans can criticize him for past postseasons, but Fleury has made some big saves in the first round of the 2015 playoffs. On Monday, he made a couple wonderful saves when the Penguins trailed, 2-0. Pittsburgh scored late and nearly tied it at two, which would not have been possible without the heroics of Fleury. Still, Pittsburgh will be asking for more from their netminder as New York leads the series, 2-1, after Monday's, 2-1, victory.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR4/20/2015 10:03:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist didn't get a ton of work, but he stopped all the ones he had to in order for New York to win Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Monday versus the Penguins, 2-1.
Insight: Pittsburgh didn't get a shot on goal in the first 15 minutes of the game, and the Penguins only had 11 shots through the first two periods, but they turned it on in the third to record 13 shots on Lundqvist in the period. The Rangers netminder let one slip by with six minutes to go in regulation, but that was it. New York regains home ice and leads the series, 2-1.
Carey Price, G, MON4/19/2015 10:24:00 PM
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 33 saves in the, 2-1, overtime victory over the Senators in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday.
Insight: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson was stealing the show as he worked on a shutout deep into the third period, but Dal Weise scored late in the period and then in overtime to spoil Anderson's great performance. Price didn't get as much work as Anderson, but he stopped 33-of-34 shot attempts. Montreal leads the series, 3-0.
Craig Anderson, G, OTT4/19/2015 10:21:00 PM
Description: Senators goalie Craig Anderson played an exceptional game in a losing effort in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday.
Insight: The magic seems to be running out for Ottawa, who is down, 3-0, in the series versus Montreal. Senators coach Dave Cameron replaced Andrew Hammond with Anderson in Game 3, and Anderson played extremely well, making 47 saves on 49 shots, but he wasn't able to stop Dale Weise's wrister in overtime. The shot beat him short side, and it is one Anderson would probably like to have back. Anderson will likely remain Ottawa's goalie for Game 4 on Wednesday.
Dale Weise, RW, MON4/19/2015 10:18:00 PM
Description: Canadiens right wing Dale Weise scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime as Montreal beat Ottawa, 2-1, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday.
Insight: Weise tied the game at one with under six minutes to play in regulation. He then scored about nine minutes into overtime for the game-winner. There was some controversy about the game-winning goal as it might have gone off a Canadiens skater's glove before the puck found Weise in the offensive zone, in which case, the play should have been stopped. It will be interesting to see if anything new comes out regarding the final play, but nonetheless, Montreal has a, 3-0, series lead.
Jonathan Toews, C, CHI4/19/2015 6:05:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist in the, 4-2, Game 3 victory over the Predators in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday.
Insight: Toews scored in the first minute of the second period to give Chicago a lead, but Nashville scored 22 seconds later. Toews then assisted Brent Seabrook's goal to give Chicago a, 4-2, lead. Toews has five points in the series.
Mike Ribeiro, C, NAS4/19/2015 6:03:00 PM
Description: Predators center Mike Ribeiro scored his first goal of the playoffs on Sunday versus the Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: Ribeiro scored about 30 seconds after Chicago scored its first goal of Game 3. The Blackhawks took another lead in the first minute of the second period, but again the Predators responded within 30 seconds to tie. Chicago, however, scored two more goals in the second period and won Game 3, 2-1. The Blackhawks lead the series, 2-1.
Scott Darling, G, CHI4/19/2015 6:01:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling played well in his first ever postseason start, stopping 35 shots in the, 4-2, victory over the Predators on Sunday.
Insight: Darling made 35 saves on 37 shots. With the victory, Chicago takes a, 2-1, lead over Nashville in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Game 4 is on Tuesday.
Nicklas Backstrom, C, WAS4/19/2015 3:08:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored the team's lone goal Sunday versus the Islanders.
Insight: It tied the game with just over six minutes left in the third, but Washington eventually fell in overtime. Backstrom now has two goals int he series.
John Tavares, C, NYI4/19/2015 3:07:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares was the hero during Sunday's Game 3 OT win over the Capitals.
Insight: Tavares scored just 15 seconds into the extra session. He also had four shots and a plus-two rating.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL4/18/2015 6:00:00 PM
Description: Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko recorded a hat trick in Saturday's Game 2 victory over the Wild.
Insight: He did so on five shots on goal and also had a plus-one rating. Tarasenko was the first player to post a hat trick this postseason.
Petr Mrazek, G, DET4/18/2015 5:39:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek was pulled during Saturday's loss against the Lightning.
Insight: He allowed four goals on 18 shots and was lifted after two periods. Jimmy Howard took over and allowed on goal one 12 shots. It will be interesting to see who Detroit rolls with for Game 3.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM4/18/2015 5:38:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop rebounded from a poor Game 1, to defeat the Red Wings in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.
Insight: He made 23 save on 24 shots for his first career playoff win.
Tyler Johnson, C, TAM4/18/2015 5:37:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson scored twice during a victory in Game 2 over Detroit.
Insight: Johnson also had six shots on goal and a plus-one rating in the game. He will be a solid daily option for the postseason.
Daniel Sedin, LW, VAN4/18/2015 12:54:00 AM
Description: Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin scored his first goal of the playoffs on Friday versus the Flames.
Insight: Sedin got going early, scoring about three minutes into the game. Chris Higgins added a power-play goal in the first and the rout was one. Vancouver won, 4-1, and the series is tied, 1-1.
Kris Russell, D, CAL4/18/2015 12:53:00 AM
Description: Flames defenseman Kris Russell scored his second goal of the playoffs on Friday.
Insight: It came on the power play, but unfortunately for Calgary, it didn't mean much as the Flames were behind, 3-1. Vancouver added an empty-netter to win, 4-1. The series is tied, 1-1.
Eddie Lack, G, VAN4/18/2015 12:51:00 AM
Description: Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack made 22 saves in the, 4-1, victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Friday.
Insight: Vancouver dominated this game, outshooting Calgary, 32-23. Lack nearly had the shutout, but he allowed a goal with under four minutes to go. Lack has stopped 50-of-53 save chances in the series, which is now tied 1-1.
Filip Forsberg, C, NAS4/18/2015 12:35:00 AM
Description: Predators center Filip Forsberg broke the Blackhawks with his third period goal in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Friday.
Insight: Forsberg stole the puck from Duncan Keith right in front of Corey Crawford and hit the puck into the back of the net. At the time, Nashville was clinging to a one-goal lead, so the score put the Predators up by two. From there, Chicago got very sloppy on defense and allowed to more goals and lost, 6-2. The series is tied 1-1.
Patrick Sharp, LW, CHI4/18/2015 12:33:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp was on a mission in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Predators.
Insight: Sharp was all over the ice in the early going, and he seemed to get better as his confidence grew. Sharp had five shots on goal and scored Chicago's first goal, but the game got out of hand late as Nashville won, 6-2.
Shea Weber, D, NAS4/17/2015 11:23:00 PM
Description: Predators defenseman Shea Weber left Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals with a lower body injury and will not return versus the Blackhawks.
Insight: It's a big loss for Nashville. Weber had 15 goals and 30 assists with a plus-15 rating in 78 regular season games.
Max Pacioretty, LW, MON4/17/2015 10:12:00 PM
Description: Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty scored in his return to the ice in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Senators on Friday.
Insight: Pacioretty hadn't played in two weeks, but he didn't appear too rusty as he scored in the second period on the power play. Montreal beat Ottawa, 3-2, in overtime to take a, 2-0, series lead.
Andrew Hammond, G, OTT4/17/2015 10:10:00 PM
Description: Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond made 39 saves in the Game 2 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals loss to the Canadiens on Friday.
Insight: Hammond allowed three very makable saves, which was disappointing as the Senators were very close to stealing a game in Montreal. Hammond allowed the game-winner in overtime on a shot that went through his arm. It's not like Hammond has been bad, but he will have to be better if Ottawa is going to comeback from the 2-0 deficit versus Montreal.
Alex Galchenyuk, LW, MON4/17/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk scored the game-winner in overtime in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Senators.
Insight: Galchenyuk grabbed the puck near the circle to the left of Andrew Hammond, spun around and took a wrister that went through Hammond. Galchenyuk was also plus-one with four shots.
Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS4/17/2015 9:53:00 PM
Description: Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal in eight playoff games as Washington cameback to beat the New York Islanders, 4-3.
Insight: Ovechkin skated to the front of the net and scored on a rebound from close range to bring Washington to within a goal. The Capitals then scored twice in the third period to win. It was a huge victory as Washington was already down, 1-0, in the series and started rookie goaltender Philipp Grubauer. Game 3 is on Sunday.
Kyle Okposo, RW, NYI4/17/2015 9:49:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo scored his first goal of the 2015 NHL playoffs in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Capitals on Friday.
Insight: Okposo scored to give the Islanders back their two-goal lead after Karl Alzner scored for Washington, but the Capitals scored three unanswered goals to end the game. Okposo was minus-one with three shots on goal.
Nicklas Backstrom, C, WASHot4/17/2015 9:46:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had a big night for Washington in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Islanders.
Insight: Coach Barry Trotz started playing Backstrom with Alex Ovechkin in the second period, and it lite a fire in the Capitals. Washington outshot New York, 30-14, after the first period. Backstrom had a goal and two assists with four shots on net. On his goal, Backstrom skated right through New York's defense, which backed off out of respect, and he just snapped a wrist shot to the corner of the goal. The series is tied, 1-1.
Braden Holtby, G, WAS4/17/2015 6:40:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby is not starting Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Islanders according to NBC Sports.
Insight: It's a tough break for the Capitals, who already trail in the series, 1-0. Holtby is sick, so Philipp Grubauer will get his first career NHL playoff start. Grubauer has played well this season, but it was in the AHL at Hershey.
Mark Stone, RW, OTT4/17/2015 6:23:00 PM
Description: Senators winger Mark Stone will be a game-time decision on Friday for Game 2 versus the Canadiens according to NHL.com.
Insight: Stone suffered a microfracture when P.K. Subban slashed his wrist in Game 1 on Wednesday. Stone skated for about 10 minutes in the team's morning skate. He will be a big loss for the Senators if he can't play. Stone had 26 goals and 64 points in 80 regular season games.
Craig Smith, C, NAS4/17/2015 12:31:00 AM
Description: Predators forward Craig Smith had a pair of goals and an assist in the, 6-2, victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Blackhawks.
Insight: Smith scored to give Nashville the lead for good, 3-2, towards the end of the second period. It appear as if the game would be a nailbiter until the end, but Nashville unleashed three goals in the final eight minutes to win, 6-2.
Petr Mrazek, G, DET4/16/2015 10:23:00 PM
Description: Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek made 44 saves in the Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Lightning on Thursday.
Insight: Mrazek stopped 44-of-46 shots in the, 3-2, victory. After a rough finish to the season for both Mrazek and fellow Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard, it was unclear who would start in net. It is now clear that Mrazek is the man after his performance in Game 1.
Brian Boyle, C, TAM4/16/2015 10:20:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Brian Boyle had a beautiful shorthanded goal in the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Red Wings on Thursday.
Insight: Boyle picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and had a breakaway on Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek. He deked to the right and then beat Mrazek to the left. Despite the pretty goal, Tampa Bay lost Game 1, 3-2.
Pavel Datsyuk, C, DET4/16/2015 10:17:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk scored a pair of goals in the, 3-2, victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Lightning.
Insight: Datsyuk opened up the scoring in the first period and then scored on the power play eight seconds into the second period. On first goal, Datsyuk deflected the first shot of the game passed Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, and then on the second score, Datsyuk displayed his tremendous skill that was overlooked when the experts picked Tampa Bay to win this series easily. Game 2 will be on Friday.
Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR4/16/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonaugh scored the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Penguins.
Insight: McDonaugh took a shot from the point on the power play, and it just beat Fleury on his stick side. The shot didn't appear to deflect off anything, so it was probably a save Fleury should have made. The goal put the Rangers ahead, 2-0, at the end of the first period. Fleury and Pittsburgh responded, but the comeback fell short. The Rangers took Game 1, 2-1.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT4/16/2015 10:06:00 PM
Description: Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury yielded two suspect goals in the first period in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Rangers, but he bounced back to have a very nice game overall.
Insight: On the first shot of the game, Fleury made a save but coughed up a very juicy rebound and Derick Brassard took advantage to score the first goal of the game. The second goal came from Ryan McDonaugh on the point of the power play, but it didn't appear to deflect off of anyone. Another save Fleury probably should have made. To his credit, he made some fantastic saves and controlled his rebounds the rest of the game and prevented Game 1 from getting out of hand. Pittsburgh lost, 2-1, but the Penguins should feel good about the way they played in the second and third periods.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR4/16/2015 10:02:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had 24 saves in the Game 1 victory in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Penguins on Thursday.
Insight: Lundqvist didn't get much consistent work, but he made some quality saves when the Penguins turned up the heat in the second and third periods. The Rangers defense in front of Lundqvist is so good that Pittsburgh really didn't get a ton of great scoring chances.
Jonas Hiller, G, CAL4/16/2015 12:40:00 AM
Description: Flames goalie Jonas Hiller stopped 29-of-30 shots in the, 2-1, thrilling victory over the Canucks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: Canucks center Bo Horvat in the second period, but the Flames played the role of comeback kids again as they scored twice in the third period with the final goal coming with under 30 seconds left in regulation. Hiller made 13 saves in that third period.
Eddie Lack, G, VAN4/16/2015 12:37:00 AM
Description: Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack allowed just two goals in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, but it wasn't enough as Vancouver dropped a heartbreaker, 2-1.
Insight: Lack allowed the game-winner with under 30 seconds to go in the third period. Lack made 28 saves in the loss. Calgary leads the series, 1-0.
Kris Russell, D, CAL4/16/2015 12:36:00 AM
Description: Flames defenseman Kris Russell scored the game-winner with under 30 seconds remaining in regulation to beat the Canucks, 2-1, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Insight: Russell took a shot from the point with about 29 seconds left, and it somehow beat Vancouver goaltender Eddie Lack. It was the only shot Russell had on net in the entire game.
Scott Darling, G, CHI4/16/2015 12:33:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling made 42 saves in relief of Corey Crawford versus the Predators in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Insight: Crawford allowed three goals in the first period as Chicago fell behind, 3-0. Blackhawks coach Joe Quenneville replaced Crawford with the rookie Darling, who was excellent and allowed Chicago to comeback and win. Darling was particularly good in overtime, stopping all 23 shots he faced. It will be interesting to see if the Blackhawks stick with Darling in Game to or go back to Crawford.

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