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Johan Gustafsson has signed with Frolunda of the Swedish league.

Gustafsson attempted to break into the NHL, but he ended up spending the last two seasons primarily with the AHL Iowa Wild. He had a 3.48 GAA and .893 save percentage in 35 contests with Iowa in 2014-15.
May 4 - 1:26 PM

Mark Arcobello netted the game-winning goal in Team USA's 4-2 victory over Russia in Group B competition in the 2015 World Championship.

It was a surprising upset as Russia's squad featured many of their best players while Team USA is somewhat short on NHL experience. That being said, it was the NHLers that led the charge for the Americans as Brock Nelson, Torey Krug, and Trevor Lewis accounted for the United States' three other goals. If you haven't been following the tournament, then it's worth emphasizing that this was a round robin game, so Russia still has a chance to bounce back.
May 4 - 12:57 PM

David Desharnais isn't travel with the Canadiens to Tampa Bay due to the flu.

Desharnais was also a late scratch on Sunday because of the illness. While this isn't great news, it's important to emphasis that Montreal's next game against the Lightning is scheduled for Wednesday, so it's entirely possible that Desharnais will still meet up with the team before that contest. If he can't play though, Brian Flynn will probably stay in the lineup.
May 4 - 12:14 PM

Alex Killorn recorded two assists in a 6-2 win against Montreal in Game 2 on Sunday.

With that victory, Tampa Bay has a 2-0 series lead over Montreal. Killorn has played a significant role in the Lightning's postseason success with his two goals and six points in nine playoff contests. That's particularly impressive when you consider that he was limited to 38 points in 71 regular season contests.
May 4 - 10:46 AM

Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win against Montreal on Sunday.

Hedman now has a goal and five points in nine playoff contests. That's good enough to put him in a tie for fifth place in the defensemen scoring race.
May 4 - 10:44 AM

Tyler Johnson had two assists in Tampa Bay's 6-2 victory over Montreal on Sunday.

Johnson has been superb in the playoffs with seven goals and 10 points in nine contests. He's one of the reasons Tampa Bay has a 2-0 series lead in the second round, but he's far from the only one as the Lightning have no shortage of offensive weapons.
May 4 - 10:42 AM

Keith Yandle insists that he feels fine despite missing about a week worth of practices.

Yandle, who resumed practicing on April 29, continued to play even when he was skipping the team's morning skates. That led to speculation that he was playing through an injury. "Obviously, anytime in a playoff series, second round, everyone has their bumps and bruises," Yandle said. "But I feel good." He has two assists in seven playoff games.
May 4 - 10:12 AM

Mats Zuccarello (upper body) didn't travel with the Rangers to Washington.

The Rangers will play Game 3 of their second round series on Monday. Zuccarello is out indefinitely with a suspected concussion and a recent report from the New York Post suggested that he won't return before the end of New York's current series. Zuccarello has two assists in five playoff contests.
May 4 - 10:09 AM

Tom Gilbert found the back of the net in Montreal's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay Sunday night.

Gilbert now has two goals and three points in his last four contests. His strong play hasn't been enough to bail out the Canadiens lately as they're down 2-0 in their second round series against Tampa Bay.
May 4 - 10:03 AM

Brandon Prust made it very clear after Sunday's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay that he was unhappy with referee Brad Watson.

"I thought the original call was kind of soft and I let (Watson) know on the way to the penalty box," Prust said, referring to his first period roughing penalty. "He kept provoking me, he came to the box and called me every name in the book (expletives removed), coward, said he’d drive me right out of the building. That's the kind of ref he is, he tries to play God, tries to control the game and he did it tonight." Prust might end up receiving a fine for that statement. By the end of the game, Prust had accumulated 31 penalty minutes.
May 4 - 10:01 AM

Max Pacioretty felt the team's penalty troubles was part of the reason they suffered a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.

"It messes up the flow of the game," Pacioretty said. "You have guys sitting on the bench, guys have to play defense. It gave them some momentum, but it took away our spirit." Not only that, the Lightning also proved to be very effective with the man advantage in Game 2. They went 4-for-8 on the power play, which accounts for the entire margin of victory. If Montreal wants to bounce back in this series, it has to do a better job of staying out of the sin bin.
May 4 - 9:58 AM

Ryan Suter had an assist in Minnesota's 4-1 loss to Chicago Sunday night.

Suter also had a minus-three rating in the losing effort. That reduced him to a minus-four rating in the second round series against the Blackhawks. "They have some good players and you make mistakes, and most of the time it ends up in the back of the net," Suter said of Chicago. "They have that killer instinct. Their top players know how to score." The Blackhawks have a 2-0 series lead.
May 4 - 9:53 AM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

The Minnesota Wild haven't been able to beat the Blackhawks in Chicago over the last three years.

Minnesota is playing against Chicago in the postseason for the third consecutive season and the Blackhawks eliminated the Wild in 2013 and 2014. Minnesota is in danger of falling victim to them again after dropping Games 1 and 2 in Chicago. The Wild have a chance to at least even the series now that it's heading to Minnesota, but eventually the Wild will have to beat Chicago on its ice.
May 4 - 9:50 AM

Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist in Chicago's 4-1 win over Minnesota on Sunday.

Sharp is on a three-game point streak. He has four goals and eight points in eight playoff contests in 2015. That's a nice change of pace for him after he struggled somewhat in the regular season with 43 points in 68 contests.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 4 - 9:40 AM

Patrick Kane became the 91st player to record 100 career playoff points.

Kane is actually at 101 points in 101 games after scoring two goals in Chicago's 4-1 win on Sunday. He's just 26 years old, but throughout his career he's been an offensive force for Chicago in the postseason. If Chicago is able to eliminate Minnesota after taking a 2-0 series lead, then it will be the fifth time that the Blackhawks have advanced to at least the Western Conference Final in the last seven years.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 4 - 9:39 AM


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