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Pat Maroon scores in losing effort vs. Dallas | 04/23/2014 11:31 PM
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Patrick Maroon scored his first goal of the postseason in a 4-2 loss to Dallas on Wednesday night.
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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
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Anaheim goaltender was chased by the Stars on Wednesday after he allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 4-2 loss.
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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
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Jamie Benn potted his third goal of the postseason Wednesday as the Stars defeated Anaheim by a score of 4-2.
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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
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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.
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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
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Chris Kunitz scored a goal for the Penguins in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets.
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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
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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

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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
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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.
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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
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Nick Foligno played hero for the Blue Jackets Wednesday as his overtime winner sealed a 4-3 victory over the Penguins.
Rotoworld.com

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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
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Ryan Murray (undisclosed) is officially listed as a scratch on Wednesday.
Rob Mixer on Twitter

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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
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It looks like Ryan Murray will be scratched on Wednesday.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter

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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
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Eddie Lack will not join Team Sweden for the 2014 World Championship.
Canucks.nhl.com on Twitter

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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
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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

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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

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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
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Paul Carey will be a healthy scratch on Thursday.
Adrian Dater on Twitter

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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
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Joey Hishon will play in Game 4 on Thursday.
Adrian Dater on Twitter

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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
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Duncan Keith didn't participate in Chicago's morning skate on Wednesday.
Chicago Tribune

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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
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John Gaudreau will play for Team USA in the 2014 World Championship.
Flames.nhl.com

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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
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Nino Niederreiter is projected to take Matt Cooke's spot on a line with Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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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
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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
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Brenden Morrow (foot) will not be available for the remainder of the first round.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter

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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
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David Backes (upper body) didn't skate with the Blues on Wednesday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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
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Steve Mason isn't sure if he will start in Game 4, but he's available if needed.
Adam Kimelman on Twitter

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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
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the returns on the playoffs thus far have been "terrific."
CSN Philadelphia

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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
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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
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Teemu Selanne will be a healthy scratch on Wednesday.
Eric Stephens on Twitter

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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
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Henrik Zetterberg (back) took part in Wednesday's practice.
Stephen Whyno on Twitter

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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
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Olli Maatta isn't one of the finalists for the Calder Trophy.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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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
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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
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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
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Xavier Ouellet has been promoted by the Detroit Red Wings.
RedWings.nhl.com on Twitter

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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
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Ondrej Palat has been named as a finalist for the Calder Trophy.
NHL.com

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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
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Nathan MacKinnon is one of the three finalist for the Calder Trophy.
NHL.com

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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
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Tyler Johnson has been nominated for the Calder Trophy.
NHL.com

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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
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The status of David Backes will be made clearer after Wednesday's morning skate.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"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
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Brent Burns scored for San Jose in its 4-3 overtime win against Los Angeles.
CSN Bay Area

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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
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Matthew Nieto found the back of the net in San Jose's 4-3 overtime win on Tuesday.
CSN Bay Area

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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
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Tomas Hertl scored a goal in the Sharks' 4-3 overtime win on Tuesday.
CSN Bay Area

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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

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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

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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

Impact
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

Impact
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

Impact
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

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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.
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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

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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
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Livonia, Michigan-native Torey Krug is pumped up to play in his hometown during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Boston Herald

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"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.
M. Foligno hopes to live up to expectations | 04/23/2014 7:47 AM
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Marcus Foligno understands what his coaches expect him from him and he intends to be better next season.
Buffalo News

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"They've taught me a lot about what it takes to play in this league," Foligno said. "They've been getting some messages across once in a while. If you're ready to play every night, you're going to get ice time. If you're not, the ice time is going to slowly dwindle. I know this summer is a big summer for me. You have to be ready for training camp. I think that's all they want from us. The standards are going to be higher, and they expect more right from the get-go next year." It was a disappointing year for Foligno, who endured six scoring slumps of seven games or more, including a pair of 11-game droughts without a point. He finished the season with seven goals and 19 points in 74 contests. Foligno also had a shoulder injury at the end of the year and it hasn't been determined yet if he'll have surgery.
Patrice Bergeron records 2 points in Gm 3 win | 04/23/2014 7:33 AM
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Patrice Bergeron notched a goal and an assist in Boston's 3-0 win over Detroit in Game 3.
Boston Globe

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He assisted on Dougie Hamilton's game-winning tally on the power play and he added an empty net marker to seal the victory. Bergeron has three points in three games in the series.
Jordan Caron nets his 1st career playoff goal | 04/23/2014 7:27 AM
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Jordan Caron scored his first career playoff goal in Tuesday's win over Detroit.
Boston Globe

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Caron has averaged just under eight minutes in three games during the series. He made the most of his limited action (7:45) when he scored Boston's second marker in a 3-0 win. Caron hadn't scored in the NHL since Oct. 5 and that also came against the Red Wings.
Scheifele feels good, set to play for Canada | 04/23/2014 7:21 AM
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Mark Scheifele feels ready to play after an MCL injury and he's excited to play for Team Canada in the World Hockey Championships.
Winnipeg Free Press

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"I'll be good to go by then. The knee is feeling good," he said. "I've been continuing to skate and work out and get it stronger and it's feeling really good. And there was no surgery and it healed on its own so that's good, too." The Winnipeg Jets struggled without him in the lineup, finishing with a record of 6-9-3 down the stretch. The talented rookie posted 13 goals and 34 points in 63 games.
Quick and Kings lose to Sharks | 04/23/2014 3:56 AM
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Jonathan Quick let in four goals on 40 shots in Los Angeles' 4-3 overtime loss to San Jose Wednesday night, falling behind 3-0 in the series.
Rotoworld.com

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Quick has now allowed 16 goals in three games against the Sharks in this postseason. The Sharks scored some lucky goals and Quick was very unfortunate in Game 3. Quick now has a 5.78 goals-against average and .852 save percentage. Quick and the Kings have to do better in Game 4 if they want to continue their season.
Gaborik scores in OT loss | 04/23/2014 3:49 AM
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Marian Gaborik scored a goal in Los Angeles' 4-3 overtime loss to San Jose Wednesday night at Staples Center.
Rotoworld.com

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It was Gaborik's first playoff goal with the Kings and it was a highlight-reel goal. He collected the puck near his own blue line and led a 3-on-2 charge toward the other end of the ice. Gaborik blew by Scott Hannan and cut across the crease before flicking a backhand shot past Antti Niemi. Jeff Carter and Jarret Stoll also scored for the Kings, while defenseman Drew Doughty added two helpers in the loss.
Niemi and Sharks win | 04/23/2014 3:43 AM
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Antti Niemi stopped 28 of 31 shots in San Jose's 4-3 overtime win past Los Angeles Wednesday night in Game 3 of the playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

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Niemi has all San Jose wins in the postseason, thanks largely to all the offensive support he's been receiving from his teammates. Niemi now has a 2.58 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in the postseason.
Sharks wins on Marleau's OT goal | 04/23/2014 3:38 AM
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Patrick Marleau scored a goal and registered an assist in San Jose's 4-3 overtime win over Los Angeles Wednesday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Marleau's shot 6:20 into overtime went off the stick of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov and past an unsuspecting Jonathan Quick, and the Sharks claimed a 4-3 victory and a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Marleau has been excellent in the playoffs with five points in three games. Matt Nieto, Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks.
Henrik Lundqvist dominant in NYR victory | 04/22/2014 11:20 PM
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Henrik Lundqvist denied 31 of 32 shots, leading the Blueshirts to a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday night, earning the Rangers a 2-1 series lead.
Rotoworld.com

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Lundqvist has put on quite the clinic so far in the postseason, going 2-1 with a .930 save percentage and 1.68 goals against average. The star Swede has lost just once in his past six games, while the 32 year old avenged a weak Game 2 loss.
Ray Emery allows four, Rangers smack Flyers | 04/22/2014 11:14 PM
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Ray Emery allowed four goals on 20 shots and was pulled in favor of the injured Steve Mason late in Tuesday night's Game 3, which the Flyers lost 4-1.
Rotoworld.com

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Mason stopped all three shots he faced in the final eight minutes of the game, meaning Emery might have seen his last action if Mason is good to go for Friday's Game 4. Emery is 1-2 with a .888 save percentage and 3.49 goals against average, signifying that if Philly has any shot at making a run, they will need Mason back tending the pipes.
Mark Streit lights the lamp, Flyers fall flat | 04/22/2014 11:06 PM
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Mark Streit's first goal of the playoffs was all the Flyers could manage against the Rangers in Game 3, as Philadelphia fell 4-1 to New York on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

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The Flyers outshot the Rangers 32-23, but the offense did not spark despite the home crowd "boost." Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux notched the assists on Streit's goal, as the Flyers will try and bounce back on Friday night.
Martin St. Louis keeps rolling, NYR beat PHI | 04/22/2014 11:01 PM
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Martin St. Louis powered the Rangers past the Flyers by a score of 4-1 on Tuesday night with a goal and an assist.
Rotoworld.com

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St. Louis deflected Dan Girardi's point shot past Ray Emery in the second period, and the goal stood up to be the winner. The Rangers steamrolled the Flyers much like they did at home in Game 1. St. Louis has put his post-trade struggles behind him and is riding a five game point streak where he has two goals and seven assists.
Tukka Rask dominates Wings again with shutout | 04/22/2014 10:52 PM
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Tukka Rask fuelled the gritty Bruins past Detroit 3-0 on Tuesday night by stopping all 23 shots directed his way.
Rotoworld.com

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Rask has allowed just two goals through the first three games of the series so far. He has a 2-1 record in the playoffs so far with a whopping .976 save percentage and 0.67 goals against average. Rask and the Bruins will hope to make it a 3-1 series lead on Thursday in Detroit. Meanwhile, the Wings and Bruins learned they are playing for the right to face Montreal in Round 2, as the Habs disposed of the Lightning earlier in the evening.
Jimmy Howard stops 31 of 33, takes loss | 04/22/2014 10:43 PM
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Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings fell 3-0 to the Bruins in Game 3 on Tuesday night, falling behind 2-1 in the series.
Rotoworld.com

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Howard allowed two goals on 33 shots and played a good game. He let in a crisp wrist shot from Dougie Hamilton, and allowed a juicy rebound to let Jordan Caron increase the deficit, but stood tall at other times while the Wings offense was stiffled once again. Both Howard and the Wings' offense will need to step it up if Detroit has any plans of knocking off the NHL-best Bruins.
Gustav Nyquist, Red Wings offense goes quiet | 04/22/2014 10:35 PM
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Gustav Nyquist and the Red Wings were shut out by Tukka Rask and the Bruins in a 3-0 loss in Game 3 on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Nyquist has not scored in nine games since lighting up the NHL with 12 goals in 13 games right before this slump. The Red Wings need to find a way to solve the Bruins' stingy defense and goaltender, as they have managed just two goals in three games. The offense will look to get going on Thursday night.
Dougie Hamilton scores winner for Bruins | 04/22/2014 10:31 PM
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Dougie Hamilton stickhandled down the length of the ice and fired home the game-winning goal to lift Boston to a Game 3 victory over Detroit.
Rotoworld.com

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Hamilton's wrister near the top of the faceoff circle beat Jimmy Howard, and put the Bruins ahead 1-0 in a game they held on to win 3-0. Boston takes the series lead 2-1 as the teams get a day off on Wednesday before Thursday's Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena.
Gudlevskis' valiant effort not enough for TB | 04/22/2014 10:26 PM
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Kristers Gudlevskis did all he could to save Tampa Bay's season, saving 16 of 17 in 34 minutes of action, but ultimately let through the game-winning goal that eliminated the Bolts from the post-season.
Rotoworld.com

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Another poor start from Anders Lindback made the Bolts turn to the 21 year old rookie midway through the second period, trailing 3-1. Gudlevskis answered the call, stopping the first 16 shots he faced as Tampa tied the game at three. A last minute power play for Montreal however turned out to be the difference, as Max Pacioretty shovelled the winning goal through the five-hole with 43 seconds remaining. The Habs swept the best of seven series four games to none.
Anders Lindback fails to help Bolts, yanked | 04/22/2014 10:20 PM
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Anders Lindback disappointed his team yet again, allowing three goals on 20 shots before getting the hook in Game 4's loss to Montreal on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

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The Bolts were a different team with Lindback tending the pipes instead of the injured Ben Bishop, who put together a Vezina calibre season that led the team to the playoffs. The 25 year old Lindback went 0-3 in the playoffs with a .881 save percentage and 3.91 goals against average.
Ondrej Palat, Lightning eliminated in four | 04/22/2014 10:14 PM
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Ondrej Palat's superb rookie season may be over, but he didn't go down quietly, scoring a shorthanded goal and adding an assist in Game 4's loss to the Habs on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

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Palat helped the Bolts back into the game, which they trailed 2-0 and then 3-1 in the third period. But a late penalty and the last-minute game-winning goal by Montreal finished the sweep and sent the Bolts packing. Palat is a solid candidate for the Calder Trophy after notching 59 points in the regular season, and then five more in the playoffs while maintaining a +35 rating during the season and playoffs combined.
Carey Price helps Habs complete the sweep | 04/22/2014 10:02 PM
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Carey Price made 20 saves on 23 shots as the Habs beat Tampa Bay 4-3 in Game 4 to sweep the Bolts and advance to the second round of the playoffs on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Price does not have dazzling numbers these playoffs, with just a .912 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average, but none of that matters. The 26 year-old is 4-0 and has his team through to the next round. Price and the Habs will take at least a week off before facing off against the winner of the Detroit - Boston series.
Max Pacioretty's late goal finishes off Bolts | 04/22/2014 9:52 PM
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Max Pacioretty chose a fine time to score his first goal of the playoffs, beating Kristers Gudlevskis in the final minute of Game 4 to put the Habs up 4-3 and complete the sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Rotoworld.com

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The Bolts overcame a two goal deficit to tie the game midway through the third period, thanks in part to Gudlevskis' strong play in relief of Anders Lindback. But Cedric Paquette's tripping penalty with just over two minutes remaining gave the Habs a chance to redeem themselves, and Pacioretty did just that. He slid a slow shot through the five hole to help Montreal advance to the second round. The Habs will have more than a few days off as they await the completion of the Detroit - Boston series.
Jonathan Quick looking to rebound in Game 3 | 04/22/2014 9:36 PM
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The last time Jonathan Quick allowed 12 goals in back-to-back playoff games was in 2011, during a first round series against the very same San Jose Sharks.
Rotoworld.com

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Quick responded to those awful performances in Games 3 & 4 by making 51 saves in a 3-1 Game 5 victory three years ago. The star goalie will hope for a similar rebound Tuesday night when the Kings try to fight their way back into the series at home.
Radko Gudas (lower body) is out for Game 4 | 04/22/2014 6:40 PM
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Radko Gudas has sustained a lower-body injury.
Erik Erlendsson on Twitter

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Gudas will not be available on Tuesday as a result. Tampa Bay is down 3-0 in its first round series to Montreal, so if the Lightning don't win this game, then Gudas will have all summer to recover.
Brenden Dillon takes part in practice | 04/22/2014 6:37 PM
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Brenden Dillon (lower body) participated in the Stars' practice on Tuesday.
Dallas Morning News

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"Today was a big step," Dillon said. "I've skated the last two days on my own. I guess I was the best player on the ice the last two days being on my own, but being out here with the guys today was good, getting up to the pace. It is feeling better and better." Stars coach Lindy Ruff cautioned that he's still a long shot to return for Game 4. Dillon hasn't played since April 11.
Cory Conacher hopes he can stay with Buffalo | 04/22/2014 6:01 PM
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At the age of 24, Cory Conacher is already on his third NHL team, but he's hoping that he can stick with Buffalo.
Buffalo News

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"I want to be with this team longer than I've been with Tampa and Ottawa," Conacher said. "I want to help this team win games. I want to be part of the solution that Tim Murray and Teddy Nolan are planning with this team." That will depend on whether Sabres GM Murray wants to make Conacher a qualifying offer before he becomes a free agent. Conacher had a strong start to his career in Tampa Bay when he was playing alongside Steven Stamkos, but the Lightning traded him and his tenure with Ottawa ended with him being waived. He had just seven goals and 26 points in 79 contests as a sophomore.
Gibbons practices, no timetable for return | 04/22/2014 5:38 PM
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Brian Gibbons (undisclosed) took part in Tuesday's optional practice.
Penguins.nhl.com

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Gibbons missed Game 3 on Monday due to the ailment. "There's no timetable right now," Gibbons said. "I just went out and got a skate. It felt good to skate. That's all I know." He got an opportunity to play alongside Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby before he got hurt.
Steve Mason (upper body) will backup Tuesday | 04/22/2014 5:25 PM
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Steve Mason (upper body) is healthy enough to serve as Philadelphia's backup goaltender on Tuesday.
Flyers.nhl.com on Twitter

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Ray Emery will still start for the Flyers. With Mason back, Emery will be on a shorter leash, but Emery's been solid thus far and it wouldn't be surprising if Philadelphia ran with him until he gives them a reason to do otherwise.
Toews, Kane are back together on first line | 04/22/2014 5:21 PM
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Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are likely to stick together after being reunited on the top line on Monday.
Chicago Tribune

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Bryan Bickell rounded out Chicago's first line. Toews scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 4:10 of the first period. "As you go through a series you look for things that might possibly work," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought that line was effective (Monday night). There's a lot of ability there." Chicago will attempt to even its series against St. Louis in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Joe Pavelski's back on the Sharks' first line | 04/22/2014 4:48 PM
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Joe Pavelski practiced on the Sharks' top line on Tuesday.
San Jose Mercury News

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Pavelski skated alongside Joe Thornton and Brent Burns. That's been his regular spot lately, but he did spend part of Game 2 on the third line, so that's why this is noteworthy. Sharks coach Todd McLellan has been toying with the idea of moving Pavelski to the third line for a while to balance the lines.
Briere: We don't want to dismiss Tampa Bay | 04/22/2014 4:41 PM
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Daniel Briere doesn't want to write off the Tampa Bay Lightning in Montreal's first round series.
Calgary Sun

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Montreal has a 3-0 lead going into Game 4 on Tuesday. "The Lightning are a tenacious team," said Briere. "We saw it this year after they lost Stamkos (with a broken leg in November). Everyone expected them to fall apart and they did the opposite, they came together and finished strong to come second in the division. I expect the same from them tonight. They've faced adversity before and they won't give up that easily." They overcame the loss of Stamkos in large part due to the efforts of Martin St. Louis and Ben Bishop. St. Louis is gone after demanding a trade and Bishop is hurt, which makes the Lightning's nearly impossible task all the more daunting.
Cooper feels Game 3 was their best contest | 04/22/2014 4:38 PM
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Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper gave a positive assessment of his team despite the fact that they're down 3-0 in their first round series against Montreal.
Calgary Sun

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"Just look at Game 3, we played in an extremely hostile, tough environment and I thought we played our best game. The guys are learning, the guys are finding out what playoff hockey is all about and we're getting better. The problem is now we're running out of time so getting better is just not good enough anymore. Now we have to be great," Cooper said. The odds of the Lightning coming back from a 3-0 deficit is minimal, but they still might be able to make Montreal sweat before finally being eliminated.
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