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Frederik Andersen denied 27 of the 28 shots he faced in a tense Game 3 in Chicago on Thursday night, which the Ducks won 2-1.

Andersen has been sensational so far in these playoffs, and Game 3 was no different as a Patrick Kane goal late in the first period was all the Hawks could get on him. Ryan Getzlaf had two assists and Simon Despres scored the winner as Anaheim took a 2-1 lead in the series. Andersen improved to 10-2-2 in the playoffs with a .935 save percentage and 1.75 goals against average.
May 21 - 11:26 PM

Corey Crawford blocked 25 of 27 shots in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, but it was not enough as Anaheim hung on for a 2-1 victory on Thursday night.

Crawford has allowed seven goals in the series so far, and gave the Hawks a pretty good chance to win on Thursday night if not for Frederik Andersen's fine performance. Crawford falls to 6-3 in the playoffs with a 2.29 goals against average and a .925 save percentage, right on par with his regular season stats.
May 21 - 11:21 PM

Ryan Getzlaf's pair of assists powered the Ducks by the Hawks on enemy territory in Thursday night's Game 3.

Getzlaf now has a whopping 16 points in 12 playoff games, 14 of those have been assists. He was also out on the ice for most of the final minute to secure the narrow victory for Anaheim. Getzlaf has 92 points in 94 career playoff games.
May 21 - 11:15 PM

Patrick Kane scored the Hawks' lone goal in their Game 3 loss to Anaheim on Thursday night.

Kane's eighth of the post-season was assisted by Brad Richards and Niklas Hjalmarsson and came late in the first period to tie the score. The Ducks were stingy on defense though through the rest of the night, as Anaheim grilled out a 2-1 victory to take the lead in the series.
May 21 - 11:13 PM

The Washington Capitals and their fans played and rooted for more than just their pride during the 2015 playoffs.

They played, and grew their playoff beards out together in an effort to raise funds for the American Special Hockey Association. One fan named Jeff Taft brought in $10K by himself, "Growing a beard and raising money for a local charity where everyone can see the actual results have an impact is a great motivation." The Capitals and their fans went on to generate more than $33,700 for ASHA through two rounds and 14 games this postseason.
May 21 - 11:10 PM

It was a good day for long time NHL'er Sergei Fedorov, as the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Fedorov and other victims in an embezzlement scheme.

Like a classic Ponzi scheme, Joseph Zada was caught using investments to pay "personal expenses, which were substantial." Of note, Zada even through "extravagant parties" in which he "paid actors to pose as a Saudi prince and princess" in an effort to trick investors. The scheme cost the former Red Wing $43M, which included the Court's ruling that Joseph Zada pay a total of $112M.
May 21 - 11:00 PM

Alexander Burmistrov wants to make his return to the NHL.

The former eighth overall pick in 2010 of the then-Atlanta Thrashers, now Winnipeg Jets, has spent the last two seasons with Kazan Ak-Bars of the KHL. He's posted just 20 goals and 63 points in 107 combined games during that span. Burmistrov will be entering his age-24 season in October, he collected 23 goals and 58 points in 194 games with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise over four seasons before signing with Kazan Ak-Bars.
Source: Igor Eronko
May 21 - 10:50 PM

Updating a previous item, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman believes that the 2015-16 salary cap number will be closer to $71.5 million.

There was an earlier report saying that Bettman projected the cap to be in the mid-70 million range, but the tweet has since been clarified. This is what most people were expecting, as Bettman previously mentioned that $71.5 million was the likely number.
May 21 - 9:39 PM

Joakim Nordstrom will be dressed for Game 3 of the Western Conference Final on Thursday night.

The Blackhawks have made a couple of lineup changes ahead of this game. Nordstrom and Kris Versteeg are in, while Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen will both sit. The 23-year-old has played in just two postseason games in 2015, and he hasn't seen game action since April 17th.
May 21 - 8:16 PM

Tomas Fleischmann, Tim Jackman, Chris Wagner, Jason LaBarbera and James Wisniewski will be healthy scratches in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against Chicago.

The Ducks will go with the same lineup that they iced in the previous game. It's amazing to see that Anaheim is deep enough to keep players like Fleischmann and Wisniewski out of their lineup. Not many teams (if any) have the kind of depth that the Ducks have.
May 21 - 8:09 PM

Kris Versteeg will play in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against Anaheim.

The 29-year-old hasn't played a playoff game since the first round against Nashville. The Hawks are making some interesting changes ahead of Game 3, as both Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen will be healthy scratches. Versteeg has one goal in six postseason games in 2015.
May 21 - 8:06 PM

Antoine Vermette will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Joining Vermette in the press box will be Teuvo Teravainen, David Rundblad, Daniel Carcillo, Michael Paliotta and Antti Raanta. Vermette was acquired from the Coyotes right around the trade deadline but he hasn't produced as much as Chicago would have hoped. It's still surprising to see him be a scratch at this point in the playoffs. The 32-year-old has one goal and one assist in 10 postseason games in 2015.
May 21 - 8:02 PM

Ryan Callahan wants to contribute more offensively.

He hasn't earned a points in eight straight games. "There's no question I have to contribute," said Callahan. "I have to put goals in the net. I have to put points on the board. That's a department I need to improve on." He added that he will try to go hard to the net more and play in the gritty areas, which is how he's had success in the past. Callahan has no goals and three assists in 15 postseason matches.
May 21 - 6:47 PM

Alex Killorn has been red hot for the Lightning during the postseason.

He has notched four goals and six assists in his past eight games. Killorn has been held off the scoresheet in just two contests over that span. He has been clicking with Steve Stamkos and Valtteri Filppula, which has given Tampa Bay another potent scoring line after the "Triplets" (Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat). Killorn has six goals and 14 points in 11 playoff matches.
May 21 - 6:27 PM

Andrew Shaw has been making the most of his power-play time.

He has two goals and one assist in his last four games, with all of those points coming on the power play. During five-on-five situations, he skates on the fourth line with Andrew Desjardins and Marcus Kruger. Shaw had a goal and seven shots in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday night.
May 21 - 6:19 PM

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