Player News

Date: Team: Pos:

Washington goalie Braden Holtby made 30 saves Wednesday night but wound up on the losing side of the Capitals' 3-2, overtime loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Holtby didn't play badly but couldn't steal the game for the Caps, who now trail the best-of-seven, second-round series 3-1 and face elimination Saturday night in Game 5. After an outstanding regular season, Holtby is 5-5 in the playoffs. His goals-against average is 1.59 and his save percentage is .945.
May 4 - 11:53 PM

Penguins goalie Matt Murray starred again Wednesday night, recording 34 saves in regulation and overtime to help Pittsburgh edge the visiting Washington Capitals 3-2 and take a 3-1 lead in the teams' second-round playoff series.

Murray has become the story of the NHL's postseason. Initially pressed into the spotlight after veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury suffered a concussion, the rookie has shone with a record of 6-1. He has yielded three or fewer goals in five of his seven playoff starts. His goals-against average in the postseason is 1.81 and his save percentage is .944. Needless to say, look for the Pens to stay with the hot hand and go with Murray again in Game 5 of this series Saturday night.
May 4 - 11:48 PM

Defenseman John Carlson scored his fourth goal of the postseason in the Washington Capitals' 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh Wednesday night.

The Caps now trail the best-of-seven, second-round series 3-1 and face elimination in Game 5 Saturday night. Carlson's goal, at 16:19 of the second period, tied the game at 2-2. The game extended into overtime after a goalless third period. Jay Beagle opened the scoring with a bad-angle goal at 2:59 of the first period. It was his third goal of the postseason. Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin could not score despite firing a game-high seven shots on net.
May 4 - 11:40 PM

Patric Hornqvist's goal at 2:34 of the first overtime period gave the Penguins a 3-2 triumph in Pittsburgh Wednesday night and a 3-1 lead over the Washington Capitals in the teams' best-of-seven, second-round playoff series.

Hornqvist's goal was his fifth in the postseason and second in his past two games. He also contributed his third assist of the playoffs on a first-period goal Trevor Daley. Daley's goal, his first of the playoffs, came at 9:16 of the opening period and tied the game at 1-1. Veteran Matt Cullen nudged the Pens ahead 2-1 temporarily with his third goal of the postseason, scored at 3:07 of the second period. Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin assisted on the goals by Cullen and Hornqvist and he now has three on the postseason. The Pens will take this series with a win in Game 5 Saturday night.
May 4 - 11:34 PM

Justin Schultz will dress in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final against the Washington Capitals.

Schultz played a shade over five minutes in the Penguins first postseason game, but has sat ever since. With the suspension to Letang, he slides back into the lineup. Oskar Sundqvist will also dress in place of Eric Fehr. Steven Oleksy and Tom Sestito, recently recalled from the AHL will not dress.

Nate Schmidt will sit out Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Mike Weber will be inserted into the lineup as a result. Schmidt was the culprit that threw an ordinary pass in the defensive zone that was picked off by Phil Kessel and turned into the Carl Hagelin marker in Game 3. Stanislav Galiev and Michael Latta will be scratches as well.
May 4 - 7:47 PM

Alex Ovechkin, John Tavares and Shea Weber were named finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award

The 50-goal scorer hit that milestone for the seventh time in 2015-16 as the Capitals won the Presidents' Trophy with a franchise record 56 wins. The winner will be chosen at the NHL Awards on June 22 in Las Vegas.
May 4 - 7:43 PM

Bryan Rust participated in warmups for the Penguins ahead of Game 4 versus the Washington Capitals

Rust has been considered a game-time decision, but would be a welcome return candidate with Eric Fehr likely not dressing for the Penguins. Stay tuned.
May 4 - 7:35 PM

Eric Fehr was seen walking around Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center in a suit while teammates were commencing warm up activities

Fehr missed the morning skate on Wednesday and was a game-time decision in any case. Having not dressed yet is a good sign he won't be playing in Game 4.
May 4 - 7:26 PM

Matt Murray will return to the crease in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final against the Washington Capitals.

Posting a stellar 5-1 record, the only blemish being a Round 2, Game 1 overtime loss when T.J. Oshie found a tiny open space on a wraparound. The third round pick in 2012 (83rd overall) has put up a 1.79 goals against average and .944 save percentage. He will turn 22 in 20 days.
May 4 - 6:52 PM

Braden Holtby will man the crease in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins

Holtby has kicked aside 95 shots in the second round series, some ringing iron before crossing the line. He's recorded 1.44 goals against average in the postseason with an accompanying .949 save percentage. The Capitals are down 2-1 in the series and will need a big rebound game from the crease on out.
May 4 - 6:46 PM

Oskar Sundqvist skated with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz during the Penguins' optional morning skate.

It's probable that he will be in the lineup on Wednesday night in Game 4 after Eric Fehr and Bryan Rust missed the session. They are both listed as game-time decisions.
May 4 - 6:32 PM

Coach Lindy Ruff thinks the kiss that St. Louis forward Ryan Reaves blew at the Stars bench in Game 3 could serve as motivation.

"I think the players note that, yeah I think they do," he said. "Our guys were embarrassed last night, and that's stuff you take to heart. That's stuff you use. We're a proud team." The Blues won Tuesday's contest by a 6-1 score and lead the series 2-1.
May 4 - 6:26 PM

John Chayka will be named Arizona's new GM on Thursday.

He was the team's assistant GM and took over after Don Maloney was relieved of his duties last month. Head coach Dave Tippett is expected to take on an increased role with the organization as well. That will probably be elaborated upon on Thursday.
May 4 - 6:00 PM

Scottie Upshall is trying to stay focused on the playoffs, but you will have to excuse him if he's feeling a bit distracted.

The Fort McMurray, Alberta native is concerned by the situation back home, which is which is being devastated by wildfires. About 80,000 people have been evacuated and Upshall has family living there. "I'm just worried about the safety of friends and family, more so at the time, my nieces who were still in Fort McMurray while my brother and his fiancé are here watching us play," he said. "It was a difficult time for a lot of people yesterday. I know there's a lot of help that they've been getting and a lot of people sacrificing time and energy to help the city of Fort McMurray, so it's sad."
May 4 - 5:35 PM



Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Short: Waiver Wired 5-4

    Short: Waiver Wired 5-4
  •  
    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?

    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?
  •  
    Short: Waiver Wired 4-27

    Short: Waiver Wired 4-27
  •  
    Short: Saves & Steals

    Short: Saves & Steals
  •  
    Norris: Eagles to Draft QB

    Norris: Eagles to Draft QB
  •  
    Short: Waiver Wired

    Short: Waiver Wired
  •  
    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?

    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?
  •  
    Draft: Pro Day Breakdowns

    Draft: Pro Day Breakdowns