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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed four goals on 33 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Bolts appeared to open the scoring in the first period, but after review, the officials decided that Jonathan Drouin was offside. The Penguins followed that up by scoring the first three goals of the game. The Bolts will now have to travel back to Pittsburgh for Game 7 of the series. Tampa's number one goalie Ben Bishop (lower body) has been making progress, but all signs point to Vasilevskiy getting the start in goal for the Bolts. Game 7 will take place on Thursday night.
May 24 - 11:25 PM

Matt Murray stopped 28 of 30 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The decision to go back to Murray paid off for the Penguins, as the win allows them to stay alive and force a Game 7 in their home building. Murray's given up two goals or less in three of his last four outings. He improves his postseason record to 10-4 in 2016. Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final goes Thursday night in Pittsburgh. There's no doubt that the Pens will be going back to Murray in that game.
May 24 - 11:19 PM

Brian Boyle scored a pair of goals in Tampa Bay's 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Bolts appeared to open the scoring in the first period when Jonathan Drouin beat Matt Murray, but after review Drouin was called off-side. Boyle finally got the Bolts on the board with his goal at the 5:30 mark of the third period. He cut the Penguins lead to 3-2 just over seven minutes later. Unfortunately for Tampa, that's as close as they would come to tying the game. Boyle has five goals in 16 playoff games this postseason. Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final goes Thursday night in Pittsburgh.
May 24 - 11:15 PM

Sidney Crosby scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Crosby picked up the primary assist on Phil Kessel's first period, power play goal. He then extended the Penguins' lead to 3-0 with his goal at the 19:34 mark of the second period. Crosby finished the game with four shots on goal, a plus-2 rating and two hits in 18:09 of ice time. The Pens captain six goals and 15 points in 17 postseason games in 2016. Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also found the back of the net for the Penguins. Game 7 will take place in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
May 24 - 11:12 PM

Nikita Nesterov will be a healthy scratch in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against Pittsburgh.

This isn't exactly breaking news, as he's been a healthy scratch in all but one of the games in this series. The 23-year-old has no goals and one assist in nine postseason games in 2016. Jonathan Marchessault and Erik Condra are also expected to watch the game from the press box.
May 24 - 7:42 PM

Beau Bennett is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Bennett made his return to the Penguins' lineup in Game 5 after being out since April 5 with an undisclosed injury. The Bennett experiment didn't end up lasting very long. Derrick Pouliot and Oskar Sundqvist are also expected to watch from the press box tonight. The Penguins are one loss away from being eliminated from the 2016 playoffs. If the Pens pull off a win in Game 6, the two teams would play Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
May 24 - 7:19 PM

Anton Lindholm has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Lindholm had four assists in 30 games with the Swedish League's Skelleftea AIK in 2015-16. Colorado selected the blueliner with the 144th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
May 24 - 6:34 PM

The Stanley Cup Final will start on May 30.

From there the games will be held on June 1, June 4, and June 6. If necessary games 5-7 will take place on June 9, June 12, and June 15. All contests will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET. What we of course still don't know is who will be featured in the final series. Tampa Bay holds a 3-2 series lead over Pittsburgh going into Tuesday night's contest. On Wednesday, San Jose will try to eliminate St. Louis in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.
May 24 - 5:59 PM

Ben Bishop (lower body) felt Tuesday's skate is the best he's had so far.

"It's been a big improvement the last three days as far as how it feels," Bishop said. "It's still not quite there, I'm still favoring it a little bit. It's a process, you can't just jump right in. It's encouraging at least the last three days you're really seeing the improvement, moving a little bit better." Bishop isn't available for Game 6 on Tuesday, but he hopes to be available for the Stanley Cup Final should the Lightning advance. Tampa Bay can clinch its spot with a win Tuesday night.
May 24 - 5:56 PM

Brian Elliott will play between the pipes in Game 6 on Wednesday.

The Blues started Jake Allen in the last two games, but they're switching things up again after Allen allowed four goals on 25 shots Monday night. Elliott has a 2.34 GAA and .925 save percentage in 17 starts in the 2016 playoffs.
May 24 - 5:18 PM

Minnesota has until June 1st to sign prospect Reid Duke.

The Wild might end up trading Duke rather than inking him as there reportedly is some interest from other teams. Duke had 33 goals and 62 points in 68 WHL regular season games. He's added another eight goals and 24 points in 21 playoff contests. Minnesota took him with the 169th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
May 24 - 4:49 PM

Andrei Vasilevskiy will play between the pipes for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

Ben Bishop is making progress, but he's not healthy enough to play yet, so the Lightning will stick with Vasilevskiy. That's worked out fine for the Lightning so far as Vasilevskiy has a 2.65 GAA and .928 save percentage in six playoff games.
May 24 - 3:54 PM

Seth Griffith has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Boston Bruins.

Griffith will come with a $625K annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He spent the vast majority of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors, but he did have 24 goals and 77 points in 57 AHL contests.
May 24 - 3:14 PM

Kevan Miller has agreed to a four-year, $10 million contract extension with the Boston Bruins.

That represents a big raise over Miller's previous contract, which paid him $1.6 million over two years. Miller had five goals, 13 assists, and 53 penalty minutes in 71 games last season. The 28-year-old blueliner has 159 NHL games under his belt.
May 24 - 3:11 PM

With their win on Monday, the Sharks have set a franchise high for their most playoff victories.

In other words, this is the first time San Jose has pulled within a win of the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks have previously enjoyed a lot of success in the regular season, but they often fell short of expectations in the playoffs. By contrast, the 2015-16 Sharks were good during the regular season, but not dominate. In the Western Conference, they had the sixth best record.
May 24 - 3:01 PM



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