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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed two goals on 33 shots in Monday's 3-0 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

After losing the first two games of this series, the Lightning managed to win three in a row, but they failed to put the Caps away tonight. In fairness to Vasilevskiy, one of the goals he allowed came on the power play while another came with him on the bench for an extra attacker. Vasilevskiy has given up two goals in four consecutive outings. He has an 11-5 record with a 2.55 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage in the postseason. Game 7 will be played in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. The winner of that game will play the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.
May 21 - 11:26 PM

Braden Holtby turned aside all 24 shots he faced in Monday's 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Believe it or not, this was the first shutout of 2017-18 for the Capitals netminder, who came through in the biggest game of the season. The victory puts an end to Holtby's three-game losing skid. He now owns an 11-6 record with a 2.16 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage in the postseason. This best-of-seven series is now tied up at three. Game 7 will be played in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. The winner of that game will take on the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.
May 21 - 11:18 PM

Nicklas Backstrom registered a pair of assists in Monday's 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Backstrom picked up the primary assists on both of T.J. Oshie's goals. Oshie's first tally (power play) gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at the 15:12 of the mark of the second period, while his empty-netter late in regulation put the score out of reach. Backstrom finished the night with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and four hits in 18:22 of ice time. He's up to three goals and 12 assists in 14 games this postseason. This best-of-seven series is all tied up at three. Game 7 will be played in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. The winner of that game will face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.
May 21 - 11:11 PM

Devante Smith-Pelly scored a goal in Monday's 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Not only did Smith-Pelly scored a big goal for his team, he also made an impact on the game with his physical style of play. The 25-year-old gave his team a 2-0 lead at the 10:02 mark of the third frame. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating, one shot on goal and five hits in 12:01 of ice time. Smith-Pelly has four goals and one assist in 18 games this postseason. T.J. scored a pair of goals for the Capitals in the victory. This best-of-seven series is now tied up at three. Game 7 will be played on Wednesday night. The winner of that game will face Vegas in the Stanley Cup Final.
May 21 - 11:05 PM

T.J. Oshie scored a pair of goals in Monday's 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He came into this game with no goals in his previous six games. Oshie opened the scoring on the power play when he ripped a one-timer from the slot past Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Capitals forward then added an empty-netter with less than one minute to go in regulation. The 31-year-old finished the night with a plus-1 rating, five shots on goal and two hits in 20:44 of ice time. Oshie is now up to seven goals and 15 points in 18 games this postseason. Devante Smith-Pelly also found the back of the net for the Capitals on Monday night. This best-of-seven series is now tied up at three. Game 7 will be played in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.
May 21 - 11:01 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have hired Marty Wilford as an assistant coach.

He'll be replacing Trent Yawney who was let go at the end of the regular season. Wilford spent the previous three seasons as an assistant with Anaheim's farm team in San Diego. "Marty is a tremendous coach and has certainly earned this opportunity in Anaheim," said executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray. "Marty has been instrumental developing the majority of our young defensemen and we look forward to his contributions to the coaching staff next season."
May 21 - 8:04 PM

Alex Chiasson will be a healthy scratch in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

Andre Burakovsky will take his place in the lineup. Chiasson has now been scratched in two of the team's last three games. The 27-year-old has one goal and one assist in 16 postseason contests. Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek, Shane Gersich, Travis Boyd, Nathan Walker and Pheonix Copley will also watch the game from the press box.
May 21 - 7:51 PM

Cory Conacher will be a healthy scratch in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final on Monday.

Conacher hasn't suited up since Games 3 and 4 of their first-round series against the New Jersey Devils. The 28-year-old has no points, 10 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating this postseason. Andrej Sustr, Jake Dotchin, Slater Koekoek and Peter Budaj will also watch the game from the press box.
May 21 - 7:46 PM

Ryan Miller underwent surgery on his left wrist last Friday.

The procedure removed a bone fragment and Miller is expected to be fully recovered in six weeks. The veteran netminder should be fine for training camp.
May 21 - 7:46 PM

Dallas Eakins has signed a multi-year extension to remain the head coach of San Diego Gulls.

The Gulls are Anaheim's minor-league affiliate. San Diego finished the regular season with 36-28-3 record and they failed to make the postseason. Eakins has been with the Gulls for three years. He hasn't coached in the NHL since 2014-15 with Edmonton. "Dallas has provided valuable leadership in San Diego since the Gulls arrived over three seasons ago," said executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray. "He has helped create a winning tradition and a successful development program with our AHL affiliate. His contract extension is a testament to that." In other news, the Ducks have added Marty Wilford as an assistant coach. He had been serving as one of assistants in San Diego.
May 21 - 7:43 PM

St. Louis will have the 29th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft

The selection was acquired from the Winnipeg Jets as part of the trade for center Paul Stastny at the trade deadline. The Jets were eliminated from the playoffs by Vegas on Sunday, which locked in the pick's spot. The Blues traded their first-round pick (No. 14) to the Philadelphia Flyers as part of the Brayden Schenn deal last June.
May 21 - 6:03 PM

Minnesota has announced the hiring of Paul Fenton as the team's new General Manager.

Fenton will also serve as the Wild's Alternate Governor and he will oversea the hockey operations department. "Paul is uniquely suited for this job having played 10 years of professional hockey and holding 25 years of management experience in the NHL," said team owner Craig Leipold. "His gift of evaluating talent is obvious in Nashville's roster and recent success. My relationship with Paul goes back to my early days in Nashville and I know that Wild hockey fans are going to love Paul's infectious passion for the game and unsurpassed work ethic. He's the right person to deliver a Stanley Cup to the State of Hockey." Fenton has spent the last 12 years as assistant GM of the Nashville Predators.
Source: Wild.com
May 21 - 5:23 PM

Paul Fenton will reportedly be the next GM of the Minnesota Wild.

Sources told the Athletic that Fenton has been offered the job and he has accepted. Fenton has been working as an assistant general manager with the Nashville Predators and he serves as the General Manager of the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals. Nothing has been confirmed by the Wild yet.
May 21 - 5:09 PM

According to the Athletic, Lou Lamoriello will be hired to run the Islanders' hockey operations.

It's unclear at this time if he will be New York's General Manager as well, and where this puts current GM Garth Snow, but more information could come in the next few days. According to multiple sources, Lamoriello met with pending unrestricted free agent John Tavares last week. Lamoriello declined to comment on the reports.
May 21 - 4:29 PM

Patrik Rybar has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

Rybar appeared in 36 games for HK Hradec Kralove of the Czech Extraliga in 2017-18. The 24-year-old netminder posted a 23-13 record, while leading the league with seven shutouts and a 1.73 goals-against average. Rybar also finished the year with a .932 save percentage. He had a 2.24 GAA and .918 save percentage in 12 postseason games as well.
May 21 - 4:04 PM


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