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Cam Talbot stopped 33 of 36 shots in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Edmonton is now up 1-0 in the best-of-seven series. The Oilers appeared to take the game over in the third period, as they scored back-to-back goals in less than two minutes from Mark Letestu and Adam Larsson to give Edmonton a 3-1 lead. But that's when the Ducks woke up. Anaheim got two quick goals of their own from Patrick Eaves and Jakob Silfverberg to tie it up at three. Thankfully for Edmonton, Larsson scored his second of the game to with less than five minutes remaining in regulation before Leon Draisaitl added an empty-netter. Talbot owns a 5-2 record with a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason. Game 2 will be played in Anaheim on Friday night.
Apr 27 - 1:43 AM

Kevin Bieksa left Wednesday's game against Edmonton because of a lower-body injury.

Bieksa exited the game in the second period after he got tangled up with Edmonton's Anton Slepyshev in the second period. The Ducks defenseman never returned to the game (he played just 7:03 tonight). It's a tough blow for Anaheim, as they're already without Sami Vatanen, but the good news is that Vatanen is closing in on a return. Bieksa is considered day-to-day for now.
Apr 27 - 1:38 AM

Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Getzlaf opened the scoring with a beautiful wrist shot just 37 seconds into the second period to give his team a 1-0 lead. Getzlaf was the victim of some poor luck a few minutes later, as his stick broke while the Ducks were trying to kill off a 5-on-3 Oilers power play. Moments after Getzlaf's stick shattered, Mark Letestu found the back of the net to tie the game. The Ducks captain was able to cut Edmonton's third-period lead to 3-2 by picking up the primary assist on Patrick Eaves' goal. Getzlaf now has four goals and three assists in five games this postseason. Anaheim will look to even up the series at home on Friday night.
Apr 27 - 1:33 AM

Leon Draisaitl picked up a goal and three assists in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

What an incredible night for the Oilers forward. Draisaitl helped set up Mark Letestu's power play goal in the first period (1-1) before picking up primary assists on third-period goals by Letestu (2-1) and Adam Larsson (3-1). Draisaitl finally put the game away in the third frame, as he was able to score an empty-netter with just over a minute left in regulation. Draisaitl had no points in his first four games of the 2017 playoffs, but he's now recorded seven points in his last three contests. Game 2 will be held in Anaheim on Friday night.
Apr 27 - 1:28 AM

Vernon Fiddler scored the winner as the Nashville Predators defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in Game 1 Wednesday.

Fiddler had only two goals and four points this season and missed the first round of the playoffs with an upper body injury but he was back in the lineup Wednesday for Game 1 and it paid off for the Predators. Don't expect much in the way of scoring from Fiddler who was acquired from the New Jersey Devils in February. The trade has paid off in spades just from the results of Wednesday night.
Apr 27 - 12:43 AM

The Montreal Canadiens announced that assistant coach Clement Jodoin has left the club "to pursue other opportunities".

The 65-year-old has been part of the organization in various roles for 12 years since 1997. "Marc Bergevin and I regretfully accepted the resignation of assistant coach Clément Jodoin, who made the decision to end his long-time association with the Montreal Canadiens," said Canadiens head coach Claude Julien. "At our post-season meeting, we offered Clément to remain on our coaching staff, but he indicated to us that at this stage in his career, he would be looking for a change and would like to explore other challenges. Clément has been a valuable part of our hockey management team during his 12-year tenure with the organization."
Apr 26 - 11:32 PM

Jake Allen allowed four goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

In fairness to Allen, two of Nashville's four goals were scored on the power play. But he'll probably want Vernon Fiddler's game-winning goal back, as he made an awkward dive at the puck before Fiddler just poked it under Allen and into the net. Allen now owns a 4-2 record with a 1.87 goals-against-average and a .944 save percentage. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series will be played in St. Louis on Friday night.
Apr 26 - 11:23 PM

Pekka Rinne turned aside 27 of 30 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 win over St. Louis.

Rinne came up with a few huge saves throughout this game, but none was bigger than the one he made from in-close on Blues forward Ryan Reaves in the second period. The Predators went into the third period leading 3-1, but they allowed St. Louis to tie the game thanks to two goals in less than three minutes. Luckily for the Predators, Vernon Fiddler managed to score the game-winning goal late in the third period. It's the first time this postseason that Rinne has allowed more than two goals in a game during the 2017 playoffs. He has a 5-0 record with a 1.14 goals-against-average and a .962 save percentage this postseason. Game 2 will take place in St. Louis on Friday night.
Apr 26 - 11:19 PM

Vladimir Sobotka scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Game 1 of the series didn't go according to plan for St. Louis. They were trailing 1-0 early in the second period when Predators forward Kevin Fiala had to be stretchered off the ice. The injury caused a lengthy delay, and once the game resumed, it took Nashville just a few seconds to add to their lead. The Blues trailed 3-1 heading into the third frame, but thanks to goals by Jaden Schwartz and Sobotka, they were able to tie it up at three. Unfortunately for St. Louis, Preds forward Vernon Fiddler scored the game-winning goal late in the third. Sobotka now has two goals and two assists in six postseason games for the Blues. They'll look to even up the series at home on Friday night.
Apr 26 - 11:12 PM

P.K. Subban scored a goal and two assists in Nashville's 4-3 win over St. Louis on Wednesday night.

Subban was a man on a mission tonight, as he really took control of this game in the first two periods. He picked up the primary assists on Colin Wilson's first-period goal before scoring one of his own (Subban's first playoff goal as a Predator) early in the second frame. He also helped set up Filip Forsberg's power play tally later on in the period. Subban finished the game with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and five shots on goal in 23:16 of ice time. He now has five points in five games this postseason. Vernon Fiddler scored the game-winning goal for Nashville. The Predators lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. Game 2 will be held in St. Louis on Friday night.
Apr 26 - 11:07 PM

Korbinian Holzer will be a healthy scratch in Game 1 against Edmonton on Wednesday night.

Holzer played in three of the four games against Calgary in the opening round, but there's just no room for tonight. He had two goals and five assists in 32 games this season. Jared Boll is also watching from the press box.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 26 - 10:47 PM

Sami Vatanen (upper body) will not suit up in Game 1 against Edmonton on Wednesday night.

We had a pretty good idea that he wasn't going to be available tonight, but it's since been confirmed. He's still considered day-to-day at this point.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 26 - 10:45 PM

Eric Gryba is a healthy scratch in Game 1 against Anaheim on Wednesday night.

Gryba suited up in just one of the six games in Edmonton's opening-round series against the Sharks. Mark Fayne, Matt Hendricks, Anton Lander, Ilro Pakarinen will also watch the game from the press box. None of these players have any fantasy value.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 26 - 10:43 PM

John Gibson will be between the pipes for Game 1 against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

Gibson finished the first round with a 3-0 record, a 2.59 goals-against-average and a .926 save percentage. He'll go head-to-head against Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who's been terrific this season.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 26 - 10:41 PM

Cam Talbot will get the start in Game 1 against Anaheim on Wednesday.

He finished the first round with a 4-2 record, a 2.03 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage. The Oilers will need him to continue being great if they're going to advance to round three.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 26 - 10:39 PM



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