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Rick Nash scored a goal and added three assists in the Rangers' 7-3 demolition of the Lightning in Game 6 on Tuesday.

Nash was also a plus-4 on the night. After getting shut out in Game 5, the Rangers top players showed up big time in an elimination situation. Nash scored his goal on a power-play during New York's crazy five goal third period. The goal was his fifth of the playoffs and after struggling for most part, Nash has really caught fire at the right time. He has 7 points (3G,4A) in three games for a total of 18 points in the entire postseason.
May 27 - 1:30 AM

Ben Bishop struggled through a difficult outing Tuesday as he allowed five goals on 26 shots in just over two periods of work as the Lightning were handed a 7-3 defeat by the Rangers.

Bishop has mixed a couple of strong performances in amongst a few less-than-stellar ones so far in this series so it's anyone's guess which version of the netminder will show up for Friday's Game 7. Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed one goal on seven shots in relief of Tampa Bay's starter.
May 26 - 11:13 PM

Nikita Kucherov registered a pair of goals Tuesday night, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Lightning were dumped by the Rangers by a score of 7-3.

Kucherov has now tallied nine times in the postseason, placing him in a tie for second in the NHL with Patrick Kane and Corey Perry. All of the aforementioned players are chasing league leader Tyler Johnson and his 12 playoff markers. Ryan Callahan also found the back of the net for Tampa Bay in the loss.
May 26 - 11:08 PM

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 36 of 39 shots Tuesday night as the Rangers cruised to a 7-3 victory over the Lightning.

King Henrik made a number of exceptional saves early in the contest to keep the score close and was rewarded when his teammates padded their lead in the final frame. The man known for his Game 7 heroics will get another opportunity in a series-deciding matchup Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
May 26 - 11:05 PM

Derick Brassard notched a hat trick as he and his Rangers teammates dominated the Lightning on Tuesday while they scored a 7-3 victory in Tampa.

The entire Rangers top line of Brassard, Rick Nash and J.T. Miller broke out in a big way as they combined for 13 points in the thrashing with Nash and Miller each registering a goal and three helpers. James Sheppard and Keith Yandle were the other goal scorers for the Blueshirts in the win.
May 26 - 11:02 PM

Cedric Paquette is officially scratched for Game 6 on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers.

Paquette has been a solid forward for the Lightning this postseason in 17 games, but he has just a single point and not worth a spot on your playoff roster. Vladislav Namestnikov will take his place.
May 26 - 8:09 PM

After taking the warm-up skate, Jonathan Marchessault will be scratched for Tuesday's Game 6 against the New York Rangers.

Even if he was in, it wouldn't be worth your while to pick up the rookie Marchessault. He has no points in two playoff games this postseason.
May 26 - 8:07 PM

Vladislav Namestnikov will indeed play in place of Cedric Paquette on Tuesday against the New York Rangers in Game 6.

Don't go rushing to pick up the rookie Namestnikov, though. He has just a single point in 11 games this postseason.
May 26 - 8:04 PM

Jonathan Drouin, Cedric Paquette, and Mark Barberio will each be scratched from Tuesday's Game 6 versus the Rangers.

Tough break for Paquette, who is likely dealing with a right hand injury. However nothing has been disclosed. As is, Drouin and Barberio wait in the wings should their services be needed.
Source: Bryan Burns
May 26 - 7:43 PM

Cedric Paquette is not on the ice for warm-ups for Game 6 on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers.

While it isn't absolutely guaranteed Paquette will not play in the game, it's about as close as it gets. It would be difficult for any player to play after missing warm-ups, especially since being injured in Game 5.
May 26 - 7:40 PM

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland is expected to travel to Grand Rapids and speak to his top candidate Jeff Blashill for the Red Wings' coaching gig.

While there's surely no shortage of available options for Holland to choose from, he maintains that he hasn't "expanded the list." After spending 2011-12 as an assitant coach in Detroit, Blashill has spent the last three seasons as AHL affiliate Grand Rapids' head coach. The 41 year old Blashill has led the Griffins to exactly 46 wins in each 76-game season, winning the Calder Cup in his first campaign.
May 26 - 7:32 PM

The Ottawa Senators are entering free agency spending $7.775M in cap space between goalies Craig Anderson, Robin Lehner, and Andrew Hammond.

Fortunately for them, apparently "five or six teams have called" GM Bryan Murray about possibly acquiring Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner specifically. Teams of note that could use a veteran, proven number one goalie like Anderson, who dings the cap at $4.2M the next three seasons, San Jose, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Carolina and to a lesser extent, Buffalo. Lehner meanwhile is still recovering from his mid-season concussion, and the 24 year old to-be is still an unproven commodity.
Source: Ottawa Sun
May 26 - 7:01 PM

Anton Volchenkov and the Nashville Predators have discussed a potential new contract.

It's worth noting that Volchenkov will be entering his age-33 season as a career defensive defenseman and is coming off a one-year, $1M contract. If Volchenkov and Predators GM David Poille do come to terms, it'll likely be as a back-end defender again. What with Shea Weber, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm, Seth Jones and Victor Bartley also on the roster.
May 26 - 6:35 PM

Anton Slepyshev has reportedly expressed an interest to join the Edmonton Oilers, according to Igor Eronko of

Salavat Yuleav Ufa GM Leonid Vaisfeld would like to keep the young Russian in the fold for another season and he has made him a contract offer. The Oilers chose Slepyshev, who had 15 goals and 25 points in 58 KHL games last year, in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
May 26 - 6:29 PM

Ben Bishop will get the start in Game 6 against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

The Lightning come in leading the Eastern Conference Final series 3-2, just one win away from the franchise's first Stanley Cup Final appearance since winning it in 2004. Aside from a pair of five-goal efforts in Games 3 and 4, Bishop has allowed just four goals, including Game 5's shutout, in the rest of the series combined. He's 11-7 with a .922 save percentage, a 2.08 GAA, and 12 Quality Starts in 18 games this postseason.
Source: Corey Long
May 26 - 6:02 PM

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