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Rick Nash, LW, NYR5/26/2015 11:05:00 PM
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash had a goal and three assists in the, 7-3, victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday.
Insight: The top line of the New York Rangers was just outstanding. Derick Brassard has a hat trick with two assists, J.T. Miller had a goal and three assists and Nash had his four points. Nash started the playoffs slowly, but he has seven points in the last three games. Game 7 is on Friday.
Derick Brassard, C, NYR5/26/2015 11:02:00 PM
Description: Rangers center Derick Brassard had a hat trick in the, 7-3, rout in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday.
Insight: Brassard just had a massive stat line with three goals, two assists, 10 shots on net and a plus-five rating. He also won seven faceoffs. Brassard has nine goals and six assists with a plus-nine rating in 18 postseason games.
Nikita Kucherov, RW, TAM5/26/2015 10:59:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals on three shots, but Tampa Bay still lost Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 7-3.
Insight: Kucherov netted both his goals in the third period, but New York had five goals in the same period. Kucherov has nine goals and 10 assists in 19 postseason games this spring. Game 7 is on Friday.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR5/26/2015 10:57:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had an off night, allowing three goals on 38 shots, but it was enough to force Game 7.
Insight: That's because New York scored seven goals, which is the most for the Rangers this postseason. Lundqvist wasn't bad as he actually made some really nice saves in key situations, but his final stat line was just ok. He has a .921 save percentage in what was his 11th victory this postseason. Game 7 is Friday.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM5/26/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was pulled during Tuesday's Game 6.
Insight: Bishop allowed five goals on 26 shots, and was done in by the three goals he gave up in the third period. He will be back in net for a do-or-die Game 7.
Sami Vatanen, D, ANA5/26/2015 9:20:00 AM
Description: Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen scored once in the first period and assisted on the game-winner in the third period.
Insight: Vatanen missed 15 games, but still posted 12 goals and 25 assists during the regular season with 17 of those points on the power play. He has played just as well in the "second season" with three goals and seven assists in 14 playoff games.
Ryan Kesler, C, ANAHot5/26/2015 9:16:00 AM
Description: Anaheim center Ryan Kesler scored a goal and an assist to lead the Ducks to a 5-4 victory.
Insight: Kesler has upped his game in the playoffs with 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in 14 playoff games. That's .857 ppg versus .580 ppg during the regular season.
Jonathan Toews, C, CHIHot5/26/2015 9:13:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews had two third period goals to bring Chicago to within one of Anaheim, but that was as close as they could come in Game 5.
Insight: Toews is posting more than a point-a-game in 15 playoff contests this season (7 goals, 9 assists).
Steven Stamkos, C, TAMHot5/25/2015 8:38:00 AM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored for the fourth straight game in leading Tampa Bay to a 3-2 series lead over the Rangers.
Insight: Stamkos also added an assist and has seven points in five games against New York. Considering his slow start in the playoffs (didn't score in his first eight playoff games this season), his 17 points in 18 games is still an elite total.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM5/25/2015 8:33:00 AM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop stopped all 26 shots he faced to lead Tampa Bay to a 2-0 victory and a 3-2 lead in the series.
Insight: Bishop has stopped 131-of-145 in the series, 90.3 percent. Not great, but good enough to win three games so far and slightly better than Henrik Lundqvist.
Corey Crawford, G, CHI5/24/2015 9:21:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford had 47 saves in the, 5-4, double overtime victory on Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday.
Insight: Crawford did allow four goals, but because of the heavy workload, his save percentage was still .922. This was also the first Crawford allowed more than three goals since Game 2 of the quarterfinals versus Nashville. Crawford is 7-3 with a .924 this postseason.
Corey Perry, RW, ANA5/24/2015 9:18:00 AM
Description: Ducks winger Corey Perry scored a goal in the Game 4 loss in the Western Conference Finals against the Blackhawks on Saturday.
Insight: Perry scored the Ducks third goal in a 37-second span in the middle of the third period. He was camped in front of the net and finished a rebound that bounced off Corey Crawford. Perry's goal put Anaheim ahead, 4-3, but Chicago came back to tie the game and win it in overtime. Perry was also plus-one with six shots on net.
Brandon Saad, LW, CHI5/24/2015 9:14:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists in the, 5-4, double overtime victory over the Ducks on Saturday.
Insight: Saad scored the first goal of the game, which was an unassisted shorthanded score. He then assisted Chicago's first two goals in third period as the Blackhawks took a, 3-1, lead. Saad has four goals and two assists in 14 playoff games this spring.
Frederik Andersen, G, ANA5/24/2015 9:12:00 AM
Description: Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen had his worst game of the postseason in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday.
Insight: Andersen made 35 saves, but he also allowed five goals. Andersen had allowed five goals in the previous nine periods. He is still 10-3 with a .929 save percentage this postseason. The Western Conference is tied, 2-2.
Antoine Vermette, C, ARI5/24/2015 9:09:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette scored the game-winning goal in double overtime in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday.
Insight: This is Vermette's second goal of the postseason. Patrick Sharp and Teuvo Teravainen picked up the assists. The series is tied, 2-2.
Andrew Hammond, G, OTT5/20/2015 1:47:00 PM
Description: The Senators and rookie goaltending sensation Andrew Hammond agreed to a three-year, $4.05 million contract.
Insight: Hammond led Ottawa to one of the most improbale playoff run, going 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage in 24 games. He didn't play as well in the playoffs, but it is hard to ignore the success he had during the regular season. Ottawa also has goaltenders Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner under contract, so look for one of them to be traded this summer.
Andrew Shaw, C, CHI5/20/2015 9:29:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw had a tremendous Game 2 in the Western Conference Finals.
Insight: Shaw scored on the power play a little over two minutes in the game. He scored on a deflection off a shot from Duncan Keith. Shaw also scored in double overtime by heading the puck into the net, but the goal was disallowed. Even still, Shaw led the Blackhawks with seven shots.
Corey Perry, RW, ANA5/20/2015 9:22:00 AM
Description: Ducks winger Corey Perry scored again in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
Insight: Perry also had a couple chances to end Game 2 in overtime but failed to capitalize on the opportunities. This was his first point of the season. He now has eight goals and 16 points in 11 postseason games this spring.
Corey Crawford, G, CHI5/20/2015 9:20:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was fantastic in the, 3-2, triple overtime victory over the Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
Insight: Crawford turned aside 60 shots in what was the longest game in Blackhawks history. Since taking back over for Scott Darling, Crawford is 6-1 with a .948 save percentage and a 1.57 GAA. The series is tied, 1-1.
Frederik Andersen, G, ANA5/20/2015 9:16:00 AM
Description: Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen made 53 saves in the triple overtime loss to the Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
Insight: Andersen and his counterpart, Corey Crawford, were just sensational. Chicago didn't score on even strength until the game-winning goal. Both teams had so many opportunities in overtime, and the goalies made the save after save. Andersen has been outstanding this postseason. He is 9-2 with a .933 save percentage.
Marcus Kruger, C, CHI5/20/2015 9:08:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger scored the game-winning goal in triple overtime as Chicago beat Anaheim, 3-2, in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
Insight: Defenseman Brent Seabrook took a shot from the point, which Kruger knocked down right in front of the net and beat a diving Fredick Andersen. Kruger had two shots in the marathon game. It was the longest game in Chicago Blackhawks history. The series is tied, 1-1.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR5/18/2015 10:59:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had, by far, his worst game of the postseason as he allowed six goals in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Lightning.
Insight: Lundqvist didn't play as bad as the final stat line suggests, but he only made 20 saves on 26 shots. Three of the six goals came on the power play and another one was on a breakaway opportunity that Tampa Bay generated despite being down two men. Lundqvist is now 9-5 this postseason. The series is tied, 1-1.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM5/18/2015 10:57:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop played very well again, saving 35 shots as Tampa Bay beat the New York Rangers, 6-2, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday.
Insight: Bishop made a huge save when the Lightning were only leading, 3-2. The big save kept the one-goal lead intact, and enabled Tampa Bay to go on the offensive and score three unanwered goals in the third period. Bishop is 9-6 this postseason.
Derek Stepan, C, NYR5/18/2015 10:55:00 PM
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan extended his point streak to five games, but the Rangers lost Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 6-2.
Insight: Stepan tied the game at one with a power-play goal in the first period, but Tampa Bay played with one fewer active forward, which really seemed to confuse the Rangers and their line changes. Stepan finished with five shots and a minus-two rating. The series is tied 1-1.
Tyler Johnson, C, TAM5/18/2015 10:52:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson ended his four-game goal-scoring drought with a hat trick in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday.
Insight: Johnson scored the first three goals of the game for Tampa Bay to help give them a, 3-2, lead, but the Lightning ended the game with three unanwered goals to win, 6-2. Johnson scored shorthanded, on the power-play and on even strength. He leads the playoffs with 11 goals. The series is tied, 1-1.
Derek Stepan, C, NYR5/16/2015 3:44:00 PM
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan had another key point in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Lightning on Saturday.
Insight: Stepan scored the first goal of the game with 13 seconds remaining in the second period. That was Stepan's four goal of the playoffs and fourth point in the last three postseason games. New York leads the series, 1-0.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM5/16/2015 3:42:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop played extremely well in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but Tampa Bay lost, 2-1.
Insight: The Rangers really dominated Game 1 at times, particularly in the first period, but Bishop made some great saves to keep Tampa Bay in it. The Lightning tied the game on the power play in the third, but Bishop couldn't stop a shot that went off Dominic Moore's body. Bishop finished with 28 saves.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR5/16/2015 3:40:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots in the, 2-1, victory over the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday.
Insight: Lundqvist only allowed one goal, which came with the Lightning on their deadly power play. Lundqvist and the Rangers, however, killed the final two penalties and scored with under three minutes to go in regulation. Lundqvist is 9-4-0 this postseason.
Braden Holtby, G, WAS5/13/2015 11:14:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby had a tremendous series, but he wasn't able to win Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Rangers.
Insight: Holtby made 37 saves in the game, but he couldn't control a rebound and then make a second straight save on a Derek Stepan shot. The only other goal Holtby allowed was on the power play. Kevin Hayes scored a beautiful goal that Holtby had no chance of stopping. The Rangers won Game 7 in overtime, 2-1. Holtby finishes the 2015 postseason 6-7 with a 1.71 GAA and a .944 save percentage.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR5/13/2015 11:09:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves in the Game 7 overtime victory over the Capitals in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Insight: Lundqvist only allowed a goal to Alex Ovechkin in the first period, which was an unstoppable shot. New York controlled much of the game in the third period, but Lundqvist had to make some nice saves in the beginning of overtime to keep the Rangers in it. This series was one of the best goaltending battles of recent memory. Lundqvist allowed more than two goals just once in this series. In the playoffs, he is 8-4 with a 1.60 GAA and .944 save percentage.
Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS5/13/2015 11:04:00 PM
Description: Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored Washington's only goal in the, 2-1, overtime Game 7 loss in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Rangers.
Insight: Ovechkin scored a beautiful goal in the first period on a great pass from Marcus Johansson. Ovechkin was skating in the slot when he received the pass and took a nasty wrister that beat Henrik Lundqivst. Washington, however, couldn't score again, and Ovechkin ultimately failed once again to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Derek Stepan, C, NYR5/13/2015 11:02:00 PM
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan scored the game-winner in overtime of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Capitals.
Insight: Stepan won the faceoff and then slipped to the left side of the goal. The puck made its way to defenseman Keith Yandle, who took a slap shot from the point. Stepan pounced on the rebound and buried his shot passed a diving Branden Holtby. New York won, 2-1, and won the series, 4-3. The Rangers will face the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM5/12/2015 10:22:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop allowed one goal during the series clincher.
Insight: He faced just 19 total shots, but Bishop was solid all series long. He will not face either Washington or New York in the Conference Finals.
Carey Price, G, MON5/12/2015 10:20:00 PM
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed three goals during Tuesday's Game 6 loss to Tampa Bay.
Insight: Price stooped 24-of-27 shots on goal. Unfortunately the season the did not end the way the likely Vezina winner would have liked.
Nikita Kucherov, RW, TAM5/12/2015 10:18:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Nikita Kucherov recorded three points during Tuesday's Game 6 win over Montreal.
Insight: He had two goals and an assist, along with three shots and a plus-two rating on the night. Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat also tallied for Tampa Bay.
Ryan Callahan, RW, TAM5/12/2015 11:48:00 AM
Description: Lightning winger Ryan Callahan had an emergency appendectomy Monday night and is obviously out indefinitely.
Insight: Callahan had 24 goals and 30 assists in 77 games this season, but just three assists in 12 playoff games this year.
P.A. Parenteau, RW, MON5/9/2015 10:01:00 PM
Description: Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals as Montreal won, 2-1, to force Game 6.
Insight: Parenteau scored on a perfect feed from P.K. Subban and shot the puck perfectly over Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop's glove. That was Parenteau's first goal of the playoffs. This is the first time in Canadiens history that they trailed 3-0 in a series and came back to force a Game 6.
Steven Stamkos, C, TAM5/9/2015 9:58:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the playoffs to tie Game 5 in the third period, but the Canadiens answered and won, 2-1.
Insight: Before the goal, Stamkos won the faceoff and then the puck came back to him in front of the net. Carey Price couldn't see the puck, and Stamkos shot it passed Price on his left side. Stamkos has two goals and four assists in the series versus Montreal. Tampa Bay leads the series, 3-2, but Montreal has won the last two games.
Carey Price, G, MON5/9/2015 9:56:00 PM
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had an incredible game as Montreal forced a Game 6 versus the Lightning, winning Game 5, 2-1, on Saturday.
Insight: Price only allowed one goal on a rebound he couldn't control. It was a great goal from Steven Stamkos more than a bad one allowed by Price. He stopped the other 24 shots he faced. Price needs to be Montreal's best player in the final two games if the Canadiens are going to erase this, 3-0, hole. Tampa Bay leads the series, 3-2.
Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR5/8/2015 10:54:00 PM
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonaugh was the hero Friday against Washington.
Insight: After Chris Kreider scored with under two minutes left in the thirsd to send the game into overtime, McDonagh lit the lamp to force a Game 6. The goal has his second of the postseason.
Ondrej Palat, LW, TAM5/7/2015 9:48:00 PM
Description: Lightning left winger Ondrej Palat recorded two points on Thursday night.
Insight: He had a goal and an assists, along with two shots and a minus-one rating. Palat now has two goals during postseason play.
Max Pacioretty, LW, MON5/7/2015 9:46:00 PM
Description: Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty recorded three points during Thursday's Game 4 win over Tampa Bay.
Insight: He had a goal and two assists, along with three shots and a plus-three rating. The goal was shorthanded and was his fourth of the postseason.
Andre Burakovsky, LW, WAS5/6/2015 10:30:00 PM
Description: Capitals rookie left wing Andre Burakovsky came up huge during Wednesday's Game 4 win over the Rangers.
Insight: He scored both of Washington's goals, including the game-winner 24 seconds into the third. The Capitals are one win away from advancing.
Tyler Johnson, C, TAM5/6/2015 9:57:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson was the hero yet again on Wednesday.
Insight: He scored the game-winner with one second left to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 series lead. The Lightning look like they will be playing in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Jamie Benn, LW, DAL5/6/2015 4:55:00 PM
Description: Stars winger Jamie Benn underwent his second hip surgery on Monday according to the Dallas Morning News.
Insight: Benn is expected to begin skating in August and still has a chance to be ready for the regular season. He played through the hip injures for most of the season and still led the league with 87 points.
Mikael Backlund, C, CAL5/6/2015 10:00:00 AM
Description: Calgary center Mikael Backlund scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Flames won, 4-3, over the Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday.
Insight: Johnny Gaudreau tied the game with 20 seconds to go and then Backlund won it in overtime. The two scores basically kept Calgary alive as the victory kept them from falling behind in the series, 3-0. That was Backlund's first goal of the postseason.
Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANAHot5/6/2015 9:57:00 AM
Description: Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf had two assists in the Game 3 loss in the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday against the Flames.
Insight: Ironically, Getzlaf has been on fire in the series versus the Flames. He has a goal and seven assists in the three games versus Calgary. Getzlaf had an assist on Patrick Maroon's goal and Corey Perry's score in the second period. In seven postseason games this year, Getzlaf has two goals and 10 assists.
Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CAL5/6/2015 9:53:00 AM
Description: Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau scored a power-play goal with 20 seconds left in regulation to tie Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals versus the Ducks on Tuesday.
Insight: This was Gaudreau's first point of the season, and it was a big one. The score sent the game into overtime, and the Flames won it about four and a half minutes into overtime, 4-3. That makes Anaheim's lead in the series, 2-1, with Game 4 in Calgary on Friday.
Patrick Kane, RW, CHI5/5/2015 10:48:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored again in the Western Conference Semifinals as Chicago won Game 3 versus Minnesota, 1-0.
Insight: Kane only had one shot on goal in the game, but he sniped a bouncing puck passed Devn Dubnyk on the power play. Kane has six goals and five assists in nine postseason games this spring.
Devan Dubnyk, G, MIN5/5/2015 10:46:00 PM
Description: Wild goaltender Devin Dubnyk made 21 saves in the, 1-0, loss to the Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday.
Insight: Dubnyk wasn't himself in Games 1 and 2, allowing seven goals on 58 shots in those two games. He was much better in Game 3, but Minnesota's offense has vanished. Corey Crawford probably has something to do with that.
Corey Crawford, G, CHI5/5/2015 10:43:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford stopped all 30 Wild shots in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals for his fourth career postseason shutout. Chicago won, 1-0.
Insight: This was by far Crawford's best game of this postseason. He seems to be finding his groove as Crawford has allowed just one goal in the last seven periods. He has a .957 save percentage in the series. Chicago leads, 3-0.
Chris Stewart, RW, MIN5/5/2015 5:21:00 PM
Description: Wild winger Chris Stewart will not play in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday due to an upper-body injury.
Insight: Stewart should be considered day-to-day. He has two assists in eight playoff games this spring.
Jay Beagle, C, WAS5/4/2015 10:14:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Jay Beagle scored the only goal of Washington's, 1-0, victory over the Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday.
Insight: Beagle threw the puck on net from behind the goal. It hit off Henrik Lundqvist's stretched out skate, and the puck bounced into the net. Beagle was also a faceoff machine in the game, winning 10-of-12 faceoffs in Game 3. He has one goals and three assists in 10 postseason games this year.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR5/4/2015 10:12:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves on 22 shots in Game 3 versus the Capitals, but it wasn't enough as Washington edged New York, 1-0.
Insight: The only goal Lundqvist allowed was a bad angle shot taken from Jay Beagle. The Capitals center just put the puck on goal from behind the net, and it bounced off Lundqvist's stretched out skate and into the net. Lundqvist is 5-3 with a .934 save percentage this postseason, but Washington leads the series, 2-1.
Braden Holtby, G, WAS5/4/2015 10:09:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby stopped all 30 shots he faced in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday.
Insight: Washington needed every single one of those saves, winning, 1-0. That was Holtby's first shutout of the postseason. He has allowed just four goals in the first three games versus the Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Holtby is 5-4 with a .942 save percentage this postseason. Washington leads New York, 2-1, in the series. 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.
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.

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