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Steve Stamkos netted a pair of goals for the Lightning on Wednesday, but they ended up on the wrong end of a 5-4 overtime decision in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

Stamkos is picking up right where he left off towards the end of the regular season by scoring in bunches, but his efforts weren't enough to lift his team to victory on this night. Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov also registered markers for Tampa Bay in the losing effort.
Apr 16 - 11:14 PM

Anders Lindback did his best to prevent it, but the Lightning dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Montreal in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Wednesday.

Lindback stopped 39 of 44 shots in the defeat and did a good job of keeping the Lightning in the game for as long as he did. With starter Ben Bishop sidelined until further notice, Lindback is likely to start again in Game 2 Friday.
Apr 16 - 11:09 PM

Dale Weise scored the overtime winner for Montreal to lift the Canadiens to a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series.

Weise's goal at 18:08 of the first overtime frame sent the Lightning to their locker room in disappointment and put the Habs ahead in the series. Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller, Brian Gionta and Thomas Vanek were the other Montreal scorers in the victory.
Apr 16 - 11:05 PM

Carey Price and the Canadiens outlasted Tampa Bay by scoring a 5-4 overtime victory in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Wednesday night.

The Habs controlled the play so Price was only tested with 25 shots in 78 minutes of action, but he did permit four goals in the victory. It wasn't his sharpest of outings, but the fact he was able to emerge victorious on an off-night is great news for Montreal supporters.
Apr 16 - 11:01 PM

Jack Johnson scored a goal and added an assist for the Blue Jackets in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

Johnson suffered through a subpar regular season that saw him get left off the U.S. Olympic Team, but he has an opportunity to erase his difficulties from memory with a strong playoff. Mark Letestu and Derek MacKenzie also found the back of the net for Columbus in the losing effort.
Apr 16 - 10:56 PM

Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was unable to hold off the flying Penguins in a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.

In the series opener between the Jackets and Pens, Bobrovsky was staked to a 3-1 lead early in the second period, but the advantage wouldn't last. All told, the Columbus netminder allowed four goals on 32 shots in the defeat, but he'll certainly be between the pipes again for Game 2 Saturday.
Apr 16 - 10:51 PM

Beau Bennett scored a goal and added an assist for Pittsburgh in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets to take a 1-0 series lead.

Bennett missed the better part of the season due to injury, but he's gotten healthy at the right time and seems ready to contribute to Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup quest. Brandon Sutter, Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen also tallied for the Penguins in the victory while Evgeni Malkin and Paul Martin each registered a pair of helpers.

Marc-Andre Fleury was bailed out by his teammates Wednesday night as the Penguins came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Columbus in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

Fleury allowed three goals on 34 shots in the victory, but he got off to a rocky start as he was beaten three times in just over twenty minutes of action before settling down. It wouldn't be playoff season if there weren't some controversy surrounding the Penguins netminder, but he has the job locked down this year.
Apr 16 - 10:37 PM

The Buffalo Sabres and ECHL Elmira Jackals have reached an affiliation agreement.

Rochester Americans is still the Sabres' AHL affiliate. "We're proud to have the Jackals as part of our organization and, with the Amerks in Rochester, we now have the added bonus of working with minor-league affiliates that are no further than 150 miles from Buffalo," Sabres GM Tim Murray said. Elmira was previously affiliated with the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils.
Apr 16 - 6:51 PM

Raffi Torres (knee) is probable for Game 1 on Thursday.

Torres was on the ice with the Sharks on Wednesday. "Today, he looked even better. You can probably interpret that as him being ready to go," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Torres. "Now, with that being said, I haven't sat with him, I haven't met with him after the skate today yet." If Torres dresses, it will probably be as a bottom-six forward.
Apr 16 - 6:23 PM

Tomas Hertl skated on the Sharks' third line during Wednesday's practice.

Take that with a grain of salt because San Jose keeps altering its lines. Hertl was playing on the top line before he suffered a major knee injury and he might end up back in that role at various points during the playoffs.
Apr 16 - 6:20 PM

Rick Nash has a chip on his shoulder after recording just one goal and five points in 12 games during the Rangers 2013 postseason run.

"Yeah, for sure," Nash said. "I think everyone should have a chip on their shoulders to perform and in order to get the job done. Last year finished off not the way we wanted it to so I think it's important to go into the playoffs with that chip on our shoulder." Nash added that winning the gold medal with Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Games has made him as hungry as ever to win the Cup. The Rangers aren't a favorite to win it all this season, but they certainly have the talent to pull it off. They will start their series against Philadelphia on Thursday.
Apr 16 - 5:50 PM

Ray Whitney (lower body) will play in Dallas' postseason opener on Wednesday.

Whitney missed the Stars' last six regular season contests. Look for him to play alongside Shawn Horcoff and Alex Chiasson on the team's fourth line.
Apr 16 - 5:08 PM

Brenden Dillon (lower body) isn't ready to return to the Stars' lineup.

"He's just not able to skate," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's not comfortable enough to skate." Dillon will miss Game 1 of Dallas' series against Anaheim on Wednesday and is day-to-day beyond that.
Apr 16 - 5:06 PM

Mac Carruth has been called up by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Carruth was presumably summoned to help out in practices, as there's no chance that he will be asked to start in a playoff game. The 22-year-old had a 3.38 GAA and .893 save percentage in 32 ECHL contests in 2013-14.
Apr 16 - 4:50 PM


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