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The Vancouver Canucks failed to stay alive, falling in the opening round for the second consecutive season after a 4-3 overtime loss on Tuesday night.

Schneider stopped 45 of 49 shots he faced, but was overall shaky in the two starts he made this postseason after returning from a lower body injury. Goaltending dominated the narrative of a rather tumultuous Canucks season. All indications point to an end to the long-running controversy in net this offseason as Roberto Luongo figures to be on the move. Schneider's playoff performance, however, likely isn't completely convincing. GM Mike Gillis along with the rest of the Canucks management have a very interesting summer coming up, after another extremely disappointing campaign.
Wed, May 8, 2013 01:39:00 AM

Mikael Backlund scored the winner early on in overtime to help Calgary get back in the series against Anaheim with a 4-3 win on Tuesday.

Backlund couldn't have picked a better time to score his first goal of the postseason with the Flames series hopes on the line. The game never would have gotten to extra frame if not for a late game tying goal by super rookie Johnny Gaudreau. The Flames also got goals from Brandon Bollig and Joe Colborne as their collective efforts on Tuesday got them right back in the series. For Backlund it was just his second point in nine playoff games.
May 6 - 3:08 AM

Corey Crawford was excellent on Tuesday night as he stopped all 30 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over the Wild to give the Blackhawks a commanding 3-0 series lead.

Crawford has managed to shake off a challenge from Scott Darling in round 1 of the playoffs and has excelled in the second round, allowing just four goals on 94 shots in three outings vs. Minnesota. The Stanley Cup winner has clearly returned to his top form and the Blackhawks are playing as well as they have in some time.
May 5 - 10:47 PM

Brandon Prust has been fined $5K for his "derogatory public comments directed toward Referee Brad Watson" during last Sunday's post-game interviews.

Per HL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell, "Brandon Prust's post-game comments were both baseless and demeaning of a referee whose 20-year career in the League has been marked by professionalism, integrity and a high degree of respect from players, coaches and management." And with that, Prust's bank account lightens up a bit.
Source: NHL.com
May 5 - 6:28 PM

David Desharnais (flu) is expected to play on Wednesday.

That's despite the fact that Desharnais was so ill that he apparently needed to go to the hospital to get re-hydrated. He missed Sunday's game due to the disease. Brian Flynn was inserted into the lineup as a result and will probably be a healthy scratch again now that Desharnais is available.
May 5 - 5:25 PM

Washington goalie Braden Holtby made 30 saves in the Capitals' 1-0 shutout over the visiting New York Rangers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series Monday night.

Holtby made Jay Beagle's second-period goal stand up with his first shutout of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the second of his NHL playoff career. Holtby has been outstanding this postseason, with a very impressive goals-against average of 1.54 and an equally impressive save percentage of .949. Against the Rangers, Holtby has allowed a mere four goals in this series, turning aside 63 of 67 shots for a .940 save percentage. Holtby has established himself this season as a reliable workhorse. He's now started 82 regular-season and postseason games in 2014-15.
May 4 - 10:42 PM

Lou Lamoriello has announced that Ray Shero will be the Devils' new general manager.

Lamoriello will still be the team's president, but this is nevertheless a big change for the Devils' organization. The Devils enjoyed an era of tremendous success under Lamoriello that was highlighted by Stanley Cup championships in 1995, 2000, and 2003. More recently though the Devils have struggled and the franchise hasn't been to the playoffs since 2012. Shero is the former general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins and won a Stanley Cup with them in 2009.
May 4 - 4:18 PM

David Desharnais isn't travel with the Canadiens to Tampa Bay due to the flu.

Desharnais was also a late scratch on Sunday because of the illness. While this isn't great news, it's important to emphasis that Montreal's next game against the Lightning is scheduled for Wednesday, so it's entirely possible that Desharnais will still meet up with the team before that contest. If he can't play though, Brian Flynn will probably stay in the lineup.
May 4 - 12:14 PM

Patrick Kane became the 91st player to record 100 career playoff points.

Kane is actually at 101 points in 101 games after scoring two goals in Chicago's 4-1 win on Sunday. He's just 26 years old, but throughout his career he's been an offensive force for Chicago in the postseason. If Chicago is able to eliminate Minnesota after taking a 2-0 series lead, then it will be the fifth time that the Blackhawks have advanced to at least the Western Conference Final in the last seven years.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 4 - 9:39 AM

Corey Perry picked up two assists in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Calgary Flames.

The Ducks now have a commanding 2-0 lead in the series and they won both games in impressive fashion. Perry's great postseason run continues. The 29-year-old picked up a pair of primary assists on goals from Hampus Lindholm and Nate Thompson. Perry now has 13 points in the 2015 playoffs, which leads all skaters. The Ducks are a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs, as they swept through Winnipeg in the first round and are taking care of Calgary so far in the second.
May 4 - 12:48 AM

Patrick Kane scored a pair of goals in Chicago's 4-1 win over Minnesota on Sunday night.

Kane finished the night with an impressive stat line of two goals, a plus-2 rating, and four shots on goal. His goal with 20 seconds remaining in the first period extended Chicago's lead to 2-0, while his second goal was put into an empty net. The 26-year-old now has five goals and 10 points in eight playoff games in 2015. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks, who now lead their best-of-seven series 2-0.
May 3 - 11:23 PM

Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists in Tampa’s 6-2 win over Montreal.

Stamkos’ second period goal gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead in the game. The Lightning sniper also helped set up both of Nikita Kucherov’s power play goals later on in the game. It took Stamkos nine playoff games to get on the board, but tonight’s effort was definitely encouraging for his playoff fantasy owners. It will be interesting to see if Stamkos can string together a few productive games in a row because he is clearly dealing with a left hand injury. Tampa Bay now leads the best-of-seven series 2-0.
May 3 - 8:48 PM




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