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Ben Bishop allowed five goals on 24 shots in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Rangers.

The best-of-seven series is now tied 2-2. Despite looking shaky at times this postseason, Bishop has still posted some solid numbers. It all seems to have caught up to him though, as he has allowed 10 goals in his last two starts. The 28-year-old has a 10-7 record with a 2.21 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage this postseason. The series will now shift back to New York for Game 5 on Sunday night.
May 22 - 11:22 PM

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 of 39 shots during Friday's 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 in the Eastern Conference Final.

Lundqvist had given up 12 goals in Games 2 and 3 combined but he (and his teammates) were much better tonight. The Rangers goaltender made several key saves throughout the game, but the entire team was much better in front of him. The 33-year-old faced 19 shots and several quality scoring chances in the second period, but he was more than up to the task. Lundqvist is now 10-6 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has a 2.05 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage this postseason. Lundqvist was named the game's first star.
May 22 - 11:17 PM

Steve Stamkos scored a goal in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Lightning were a dominant offensive side in the last two games of the series, but the Rangers came out with a complete team effort in Game 4. Stamkos' goal at 11:30 mark of the second period tied the game at 1-1, but it was all downhill from there, as they allowed four more goals in the game. Alex Killorn and Valtteri Filppula picked up the assists on the goal. The series is now tied at 2-2, and the two teams will now head back to New York for Game 5 on Sunday night.
May 22 - 10:57 PM

Rick Nash scored two goals and an assist in New York's 5-1 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final over Tampa Bay.

Nash came into tonight's game with just seven points in two and a half rounds of playoff action, but he really came through tonight. Nash scored the game's opening goal at the 17:18 mark of the first period. He also picked up an assist on Keith Yandle's second period goal, while adding his second of the game midway through the final frame. The three points are a new career-high in the playoffs for Nash. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating, five shots on goal, three hits, one blocked shot and one takeaway. The Eastern Conference final is now tied at 2-2, with New York hosting Game 5 and a potential Game 7.
May 22 - 10:52 PM

The Arizona Coyotes are expected to announce that they've hired stat guru John Chayka, who is all of 25 years old, as their new Assistant GM to GM Don Maloney.

John Chayka is the founder and stat guru behind the site "Stathlete", a Canadian company that provides comprehensive data analysis to NHL teams and players. At this point, it seems outrageous to think that any sports team's front office would be without at least one stat-savvy member. Good to see the struggling Coyotes join the club.
May 22 - 9:57 PM

One name that has surfaced as a possible dark horse candidate for the San Jose Sharks' head coaching gig is long time NHL'er, and former Shark, Dave Lowry.

With 19 seasons and 1,084 regular season games of experience, plus 111 more games in the playoffs at the NHL level, Lowry is no stranger to the rigors of the top level of hockey. He even spent 1997-2000 with the Sharks, making the playoffs in each go. But he's a dark horse behind rumored candidates Dan Bylsma, Randy Carlyle, Peter DeBoer, and Adam Oates, all of whom boast time as top dog behind an NHL bench, with success to boot. "It’s all about opportunities, but opportunities with the right people," Lowry said of the rumor about his candidacy. It should be noted that Lowry was an assistant coach with Calgary from 2009-12, and he's been a successful head coach in the WHL. He won Coach of the Year with the Victoria Royals in 2013-14, and has gone a combined 83-50-11 over the last two seasons. He also won gold at the World Junior Championships with Team Canada as an assistant.
May 22 - 9:00 PM

Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks, and Glen Sather of the New York Rangers have each been named as finalists for NHL GM of the Year, as voted on by their fellow GM's, a panel of NHL executives, and members of the media.

It should be noted that the voting was done after the second round of the playoffs finished. Yzerman's Lightning finished second in the Atlantic, but he didn't make any major moves leading into nor during the season. Murray's Ducks won the Pacific, and he acquired Ryan Kesler prior to the season and Simon Despres at the trade deadline. Sather's Rangers meanwhile won the Presidents Trophy for best record in the NHL, he signed Kevin Hayes before the season started and acquired Keith Yandle at the trade deadline.
Source: NHL.com
May 22 - 8:03 PM

No one wants to be the backup, let alone the third string goalie and Calgary's Joni Ortio has his sights set on their starting gig in 2015-16.

"That’s what I’ll be looking to do next September in camp and trying to steal that number one job," Ortio said during his exit interview on Tuesday. He may have a leg up on his big plans, as backup Karri Ramo is a free agent if he isn't re-signed by July 1st. "It’s going to be the two best guys in training camp that are going to get the spots. That’s what our standards are over here." Ortio has just 15 games of NHL experience since being drafted 171st overall in 2009. He's 8-6-0 with six Quality Starts against just three Really Bad Starts with 35 goals 346 combined shots with Calgary. His numbers with AHL Adirondack last season were more encouraging, going 21-13-1 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.69 GAA in 37 games. He'll be entering his age-24 season in September as well. "No one is guaranteed a spot. I’ve got to work hard."
May 22 - 7:39 PM

Vladimir Sobotka will remain in the KHL with Avangard Omsk and not return to the St. Louis Blues in 2015-16.

If Sobotka ever does return to the NHL, with the Blues or to whomever they trade his rights to, he'll still have a season at $2.275 to fulfill per his arbitration from last summer. In the meantime, Sobotka is entering his age-27 season and will be looking to improve upon his 10 goal and 38 point total from last season.
May 22 - 7:12 PM

Despite being one of the first players to benefit from the relaxed Soviet-era rules on Russians playing in North America, hockey legend Slava Fetisov is calling for a Soviet-style restriction on young Russians from coming over.

The goal is simple, Fetisov wants Russian fans to see "our most talented guys, the ones who the people come to see" for longer. The restriction would be in place until the player turns 28, which would allow Russians to see the players through their most productive years. It should be noted that Fetisov is now a senator in Russia. He was also restricted from coming over to the NHL until he was 31 years old, six years after being drafted for the second time.
May 22 - 7:01 PM

Jim Hiller will move with Mike Babcock to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hiller served as an assistant coach under Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings in 2014-15 and was credited with turning around Detroit's power play. The Red Wings went from converting on 17.7% of their opportunities with the man advantage in 2013-14 to 23.8% this season. Toronto meanwhile finished near the bottom of the league in 2014-15 with a 15.9% power-play success rate.
May 22 - 6:34 PM

Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray currently has two first round picks in June's NHL Entry Draft, and he's willing to trade one of them.

It's unlikely they'll move off of Jack Eichel at second overall, but Murray seems to want to either move up in the draft or acquire another quality young player for his 21st overall pick in June. For what it's worth, the last three players selected at 21st overall were; Robert Fabbri (St. Louis, 2014), Frederik Gauthier (Toronto, 2013), and Mark Jankowski (Calgary, 2012). But Riley Sheahan (Detroit, 2010) is the last player to make an impact from that particular slot.
May 22 - 6:30 PM

Rick Nash may have just seven points in 15 games for the Rangers this postseason, but he scored a big point with his teammates on Thursday night.

Nash set up a private screening on the Entourage movie, which seems to have provided a needed jolt of positivity to the Rangers. "We had some good times as a team yesterday," Derick Brassard said. "We had a team dinner, a good meeting. We would feel pretty good about ourselves winning this game tonight and going back in our building." They'll feel even better if they can put together a victory in Game 4 on Friday night.
May 22 - 5:47 PM

Jonathan Drouin, Jonathan Marchessault, and Vladislav Namestnikov will be scratched from Friday's Game 4 against the New York Rangers.

With the Lightning leading the series 2-1, and after having scored a dozen goals the past two games, Coach Cooper doesn't seem compelled to make any unnecessary changes to the lineup. Of note, the one change that he is making is defenseman Mark Barberio will play in place of the injured Matt Carle.

The New York Rangers will continue to roll out the same lineup on Friday night in Tampa Bay for Game 4.

Down in the series 2-1 and having given up a dozen goals over the last two games, it wouldn't have been surprising to see Coach Vigneault make a lineup change. But it appears that Matt Hunwick, Chris Summers, and Ryan Bourque will continue to watch from the press box instead.
Source: Corey Long
May 22 - 5:26 PM



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