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Sidney Crosby scored twice to lead the Penguins to a 4-3 win against the Rangers in Game 2 of their first-round series Saturday night.

Crosby scored two goals in a row in the second period, at 14:07 and 18:46. The two markers surpass last season’s playoff total of one in 13 games. Crosby is still just as dangerous as ever, even if goal/point (28/84) were "down." Chris Kunitz (goal, two assists) and Brandon Sutter (goal, assist) registered the other goals. Pittsburgh killed off six of seven Rangers power plays in this game.
Apr 18 - 11:17 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves in the Penguins’ 4-3 win against the Rangers in Game 2 of their first-round series Saturday night.

Fleury was four seconds away from keeping his goals-against totals at two, when Rick Nash got one past him. Fleury was sharp, though the Penguins did a great job of bottling up the Rangers’ attack. Fleury is coming off a year in which he posted a 2.32 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. He seems like the least of the Penguins' worries right now. This series is tied at one as it heads to Pittsburgh.
Apr 18 - 11:15 PM

Derick Brassard potted a goal in the Rangers’ 4-3 loss against the Penguins in Game 2 of their first-round series Saturday night.

Brassard was one of the Rangers’ better forwards, which actually doesn’t say much considering they really didn’t sustain much offense until the third period. Brassard’s goal came on the power play early in that frame, the only time in seven tries the Rangers converted with the man advantage. Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis picked up the other markers.
Apr 18 - 11:13 PM

Henrik Lundqvist blocked 18 of 22 shots in the Rangers’ 4-3 loss in Game 2 of their first-round series with the Penguins on Saturday night.

The final line makes it look like it was all on Lundqvist. It was not. The Rangers did not do a very good job at limiting the high-scoring-area opportunities in this game. Lundqvist sported a 2.25 goals-against average and .922 save percentage during the regular season. The series is tied at one heading to Pittsburgh.
Apr 18 - 11:12 PM

Mathieu Perreault is in the lineup for the Jets on Saturday night in Game 2 against the Ducks.

Perreault suffered a lower-body injury April 9 and hasn’t played since. The 27-year-old recorded 18 goals and 41 points in 62 games during the regular season. Perreault took line rushes with Adam Lowry and Lee Stempniak.
Apr 18 - 10:33 PM

Ondrej Pavelec is starting between the pipes for the Jets on Saturday against the Ducks.

Not surprising as Pavelec played well down the stretch for Winnipeg. He gave up four goals on 33 shots in Game 1, however. In 50 games during the regular season, Pavelec had a 2.28 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.
Apr 18 - 10:11 PM

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan didn’t tip his hand as to what the team will do with the fourth pick in the draft other than to say, "I think most teams you're just looking for the best guy available.""

Center Dylan Strome, who had 45 goals and 129 points, with the OHL's Erie Otters, could wind up with Toronto. Shanahan and the Leafs had a 9.5 percent chance at winning the draft lottery. The Maple Leafs president even wore a lucky Irish pin on Saturday. "I thought I would enlist whatever I had, I wasn’t gonna leave anything at home," he said. Shanahan said the Leafs are working on GM/coach lists and has already started reaching out to teams to talk to people.
Apr 18 - 9:57 PM

Sabres general manager Tim Murray said that he is "disappointed for our fans" in not landing the first-overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

That should make Jack Eichel, the Sabres' likely second-overall pick, feel great. The Sabres, the league’s worst team, basically pulled out every stop to guarantee the best chances at winning the draft lottery. But now they they will draft second. Eichel is a tremendous prospect in his own right, with the ability to hasten Buffalo's rebuild. He called Buffalo a "great hockey city" and that "it would be really nice to play there." He had 26 goals and 71 points at Boston University this season.
Apr 18 - 9:12 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have have won the NHL Draft Lottery, likely meaning Connor McDavid will go there with the first-overall pick in June 26-27 draft.

Buffalo's season of tanking gave them the best odds (20 percent) at the top pick, but now they end up second and the likely home for Jack Eichel. Edmonton had an 11.5 percent chance at the top pick. McDavid is considered a generational prospect who can change a team’s course the day he is drafted. The 18-year-old registered 44 goals and 120 points in 47 games in the OHL this season. In his three seasons, he scored 97 goals and recorded 285 points. It's the fourth time in six years Edmonton will be picking first overall. Centers Ryan-Nugent Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl and McDavid could soon be the envy of the league.
Apr 18 - 8:17 PM

The buzz is starting to get louder around Mike Milbury’s name as a coaching fit in Boston, according to HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman.

Of course, the first step is firing coach Claude Julien after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years. Boston went 41-27-14 this season. Milbury is currently an analyst for NBC, and the 62-year-old has not coached since 1998-99, though he began his coaching career in the late 80s with the Bruins.
Apr 18 - 8:04 PM

Justin Abdelkader (hand) is likely to return to the Red Wings lineup for Game 3, according to coach Mike Babcock.

Abdelkader has not played since April 4. The 28-year-old had 23 goals and 44 points during the regular season. Pay close attention to the Red Wings' practices leading up to Tuesday's game.
Apr 18 - 7:57 PM

Petr Mrazek will remain the Red Wings’ starting goaltender, coach Mike Babcock said after Game 2.

Mrazek was yanked after the second period when he allowed four goals on 18 shots in the 5-1 Game 2 loss. The first-round series shifts to Detroit on Tuesday. Mark posted a 2.38 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage during the regular season, and he stopped 44 of 46 shots in Game 1.
Apr 18 - 7:53 PM

Calgary Flames rookie forward Sam Bennett said Saturday he feels well enough to be in the lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Vancouver Canucks Sunday night.

Bennett left in the second period of a 4-1 loss to the Canucks in Game 2 on Friday after a collision with Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler. He suffered an undisclosed injury in the second period Friday but returned for three shifts in the third. "It was just a bump, maybe knocked the wind out of me a bit," Bennett said. "I'm fine now, 100 percent fine. That won't be a problem." Bennett, Calgary's top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (No. 4), had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder in October and missed most of the regular season rehabilitating in Calgary.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 18 - 7:23 PM

Frederik Andersen almost certainly will start for the Ducks when they entertain the Winnipeg Jets in Anaheim Saturday night for Game 2 of their opening-round playoff series.

Andersen was the winning goalie in the opener of this series, when he stopped 25 Winnipeg shots. He enters Saturday night with a 4-2 record in eight career postseason contests.
Apr 18 - 6:55 PM

Marco Scandella was the only member of the Minnesota Wild to score a goal in a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 2.

Scandella managed 11 goals and 23 points in 64 games during the regular season, so perhaps his shooting knack/puck luck is carrying over into the postseason.
Apr 18 - 6:10 PM



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