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Anders Lindback will start on Sunday after being pulled in Friday's game.

Lindback isn't an ideal playoff starter, but Tampa Bay doesn't have a lot of options with Ben Bishop hurt. The alternative to Lindback would have been Kristers Gudlevskis, who had just one game worth of NHL experience before he replaced Lindback late in Game 2.
Apr 20 - 11:08 AM

Chris Porter scored a goal in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win on Saturday.

Porter wasn't able to find the back of the net in 22 games with St. Louis in the regular season. He now has two goals and three points in eight career playoff contests.
Apr 20 - 11:06 AM

Barret Jackman was the unlikely hero in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Chicago on Saturday.

Jackman scored 5:50 minutes into the overtime period, to give St. Louis a 2-0 series lead. He's a solid defensive defenseman, but this was just his second playoff goal in 29 career contests. As it happens, both of his markers proved to be game winners.
Apr 20 - 11:01 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko scored with just 6.4 seconds left in regulation time to send Game 2 against Chicago to overtime.

That led to St. Louis earning its second straight overtime victory against Chicago. Tarasenko is on a four-game goal scoring streak, dating back to the regular season.
Apr 20 - 10:58 AM

Do not expect to see Martin Havlat in the San Jose lineup Sunday.

Havlat was a healthy scratch in Game 1 along with Tyler Kennedy, Matt Irwin, Bracken Kearns and Matt Tennyson and it appears based on practice lines Saturday that coach Todd McLellan will not make any changes.
Apr 20 - 10:54 AM

Determining fair value for soon-to-be restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto might be tough.

Del Zotto was pretty effective in 2011-12 and 2013, but he took a big step back in 2013-14 with 16 points and a minus-nine rating in 67 games. "Obviously I'm not too happy with how this year has gone for me," Del Zotto said. He didn't get much power-play ice time with Nashville and we consequently don't have high hopes for him in 2014-15 from a fantasy perspective.
Apr 20 - 10:53 AM

Mike Brown picked up an assist in 8:57 minutes in Game 1 on Thursday.

The fourth liner is playing in only his second playoff as he played 13 games for Anaheim in the 2008-09 season, picking up two assists and 25 penalty minutes. Coach Todd McLellan was pleased with Brown's play as well as his fourth unit linemates. "He and that line played to their strengths -- straight forward, straight lines with a forecheck mentality," McLellan said. "They were responsible defensively, so after 60 minutes we liked their game and his game in particular."
Apr 20 - 10:51 AM

Montreal captain Brian Gionta knows that the team can't get too comfortable with its 2-0 series lead.

The Canadiens won both games against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. "It's huge," Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said. "But at the end of the day we fell into that trap against Boston a few years back. We won two games in (the Bruins') building and we came back and let off the gas a bit. So we need to make sure that (Sunday) night is our focus. And we've got to do the things that have made us successful in the first two games and make sure we stick with that." Winning on Sunday would force Tampa Bay to try and pull off the nearly impossible task of overcoming a 3-0 series deficit. As it is, the Lightning in a very bad spot going forward.
Apr 20 - 10:46 AM

Marc-Edouard Vlasic gained a lot of confidence when he played for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games.

Vlasic was a Steady Eddie for Team Canada as they won the Gold Medal. "Being there with those players, playing with the best and playing against the best players helped," Vlasic said. "Playing in the semifinal and final game, where it’s one game and if you lose you have to wait four more years. Just having that experience, being able to bring it here into the playoffs, that's huge. I feel since the Olympics my game has grown, and I have to keep that going here." Vlasic had a goal and an assist in Game 1 and was tied for the team lead with five shots on goal.
Apr 20 - 10:45 AM

Sidney Crosby had two assists in the Penguins 4-3 double overtime loss to Columbus Saturday.

Crosby has three assists in two games but is a minus-two thus far. The NHL's Art Ross Trophy winner this season is the favorite for the Hart Trophy which is awarded to the NHL's most valuable player for the regular season.
Apr 20 - 10:36 AM

Nick Foligno (knee) skated after practice on Saturday and could be good to go for Game 3.

Foligno has been out of action since April 3 and the Blue Jackets miss his presence as he had 18 goals, 39 points, 96 penalty minutes and 210 hits this season in 70 games.
Apr 20 - 10:30 AM

Marco Scandella scored a goal in a 4-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday.

Scandella has two points in two playoff games. That matches his total from the 2013 postseason, when Minnesota was eliminated in the first round by Chicago in five contests.
Apr 20 - 10:27 AM

Marcel Goc (ankle) managed to skate on his own Saturday for the third time.

Goc suffered the injury on March 27. "He hasn't been deemed ready to return to a practice situation yet," coach Dan Bylsma said. Stay tuned.
Apr 20 - 10:27 AM

Mikko Koivu had two assists in Minnesota's 4-2 loss to Colorado in Game 2 of the first round.

Koivu also had an assist in the playoff opener. He had 11 goals and 54 points in 65 games in 2013-14.
Apr 20 - 10:25 AM

R.J. Umberger replaced Jared Boll in the Columbus lineup on Saturday.

Umberger had been out with an upper body injury as he missed Game 1. Umberger was minus-one with nary a point in 15:39 minutes of action on Saturday.
Apr 20 - 10:23 AM



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