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John Carlson had an assist in the Capitals' 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 4 Thursday night.

Carlson has recorded at least a point in every game of the first round series and is now up to eight points in four contests. He leads the playoff scoring race among defensemen.
Apr 20 - 5:35 AM

T.J. Oshie netted the game-winning goal in the Capitals' 4-1 win over Columbus in Game 4 on Thursday.

Oshie has two goals and three points in four playoff games. That was also his fourth career game-winning goal in a postseason contest. All of those GWGs have come with Washington over the last three years.
Apr 20 - 5:33 AM

Ben Hutton has hired a new offseason trainer, changed his fitness regiment, and plans to work with an NHL skating coach in the hopes of bouncing back in 2018-19.

Hutton had no goals and six assists in 61 games in 2017-18 and spent a fair amount of time as a healthy scratch. It's all a big step down from 2015-16 when he recorded 25 points as a rookie. The 25-year-old still has the potential to bounce back though. "I had a conference call with all hands on deck — including Green — and they wanted more from him (Hutton) this season, and they do see a significant upside," Hutton’s representative Andy Scott said. "He’s going to answer the bell. He has the fire in his eyes to have a big summer and prove some people wrong."
Apr 20 - 5:28 AM

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer believes Tomas Hertl has taken his game to another level.

Hertl certainly came up big in the first round. He scored three goals and four points in four playoff games and accounted for the series-clinching goal over Anaheim. "He would’ve gotten to this level earlier than this year if he had been healthy," DeBoer said. "He’s had some really bad luck with some really bad injuries. He’s healthy and he’s playing at another level, and I still think he’s got another level he can get to, too." It'll be interesting to see if Hertl can keep this up against Vegas in the second round. He had 22 goals and 46 points in 79 regular season contests.
Apr 20 - 5:21 AM

Phil Kessel has been consistent when it comes to scoring goals in the playoffs.

Over 75 career playoff games, Kessel has only gone four straight contests without a goal on five occasions. Kessel didn't have a goal in the first three games of the Penguins' first round series this year, but he avoided making it four-in-a-row by scoring a goal and registering an assist in Game 4. He's coming off a terrific regular season where he had 34 goals and 92 points in 82 games.
Apr 20 - 5:16 AM

Travis Sanheim will probably be a healthy scratch in Game 5 on Friday.

Sanheim is being removed from the lineup to make room for Robert Hagg. Hagg brings more to the table physically while Sanheim has been somewhat quiet in this series with a goal and no assists in four games. Sanheim was averaging a modest 15:30 minutes in the first round.
Apr 20 - 5:11 AM

Robert Hagg is projected to be put in the lineup for Game 5 Friday night.

It would be Hagg's first career playoff game. The 23-year-old defenseman is a major physical presence and that should help the Flyers as they fight to keep their campaign alive. Travis Sanheim is projected to be a healthy scratch to make room in the lineup.
Apr 20 - 5:09 AM

With the Flyers down 3-1 in their series to the Penguins, Claude Giroux doesn't believe that the team's issue has been a lack of compete.

"You know what, I think our compete level is pretty good," Giroux said. "I know it’s tough to see. I think the guys are working a little too hard, we’re not playing smart enough, gripping our sticks a little too much. I think we need to take a breather and play some hockey. Yeah, we’re not ready for our season to be over. When we go to Pittsburgh, tough building to play in. We know we can win there. We know if we play our game, we can win. So, we’re going to go out there, play our game and be back for Game 6." Game 5 will be played Friday night. The Penguins have looked like the better team throughout most of the series and that's because in most ways, they are. Nevertheless, the Flyers have some big weapons on their side like Giroux and you never know what might happen when your best players get hot. Certainly the Flyers have a real chance of staying in this series even if it would be an uphill climb.
Apr 20 - 5:07 AM

Mirco Mueller might draw back into the lineup for Game 5 on Saturday.

Mueller played in the first two games of the first round series, but was a healthy scratch for Games 3 and 4. However, Sami Vatanen is dealing with an upper-body injury and probably won't be available on Saturday as a result. If that ends up being the case, then the Devils will need to alter their defense and dressing Mueller is a likely outcome. He has no points and a minus-one rating in two playoff games. He's also averaged 16:09 minutes per contest.
Apr 20 - 5:00 AM

Paul Krepelka has been named as the Hurricanes' vice president of hockey operations.

Krepelka previously served as the director of player development for the ECHL's Norfolk Admirals, but he's also a former player and agent. He'll help with player contract negotiations among other duties. "Paul has been involved in professional hockey for nearly 30 years, developing experience and relationships that will be of great value to the Hurricanes," Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon said.
Apr 20 - 4:29 AM

Coach Glen Gulutzan, who was fired by the Flames on Tuesday, still thinks very highly of the team he's leaving behind.

"The only real regret for me is that I think it’s a great group, there’s great people here, it’s a great city and now I’m not going to be a part of a team moving forward that I think is going to be a real strong team in the years to come," Gulutzan said. "Their best players are their young players, and I think that’s a good recipe. I think Tre (general manager Brad Treliving) has done a heck of a job, to be honest with you, with managing the cap. So I think they’re going to be poised for success for a long time here. And that’s something you want to be a part of, but now you’re not going to …" The Flames certainly have a lot of potential, which is part of what made their inability to make the playoffs this season so disappointing. Still, with Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett, Matthew Tkachuk, and Dougie Hamilton, all still in their early-to-mid 20s, there is plenty of reason for optimism going forward.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 20 - 4:24 AM

Tom Wilson scored a goal and an assist in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Wilson opened the scoring 6:16 into the first period when he buried a one-timer by Sergei Bobrovsky. The Caps forward then registered an assist on Alex Ovechkin's third-period tally. Wilson finished the night with a plus-3 rating, two penalty minutes and a game-high seven shots on goal in 19:44 of ice time. The 24-year-old now has two goals and one assist in four games this postseason. This best-of-seven series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 coming up on Saturday afternoon in Washington.
Apr 19 - 11:56 PM

Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and an assist in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Ovechkin registered the primary assist on T.J. Oshie's power-play tally in the second period. He also added a goal of his own early in the third frame to increase his team's lead to 3-0 at the time. Ovechkin finished the night with a plus-1 rating and five shots on goal in 19:07 of ice time. The 32-year-old now has three goals and three assists in four games this postseason. This best-of-seven series is now all tied up at two. Game 5 will be played in Washington on Saturday afternoon.
Apr 19 - 11:50 PM

Sergei Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 32 shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.

The Blue Jackets didn't give their goaltender much run-support tonight, as they only got themselves on the board in the third period. Columbus won the first two games of the series in Washington, but they've now dropped back-to-back home games. Bobrovsky owns a 2-2 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage this postseason. Game 5 will be played in Washington on Saturday afternoon.
Apr 19 - 11:46 PM

Torey Krug found the back of the net in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Krug's innocent-looking wrist shot beat Frederik Andersen just 28 seconds into the game. The Leafs ended up tying it up just over seven minutes later, but Brad Marchand added the game-winner in the middle frame. Krug finished the night with an even rating, two shots on goal and four blocked shots in 18:21 of ice time. The 27-year-old now has one goal and five assists in four games during this series. The Bruins now have a 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven series. Game 5 will be played in Boston on Saturday night.
Apr 19 - 11:39 PM

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