Center Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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