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  • Miller and the Blues lose in OT
    Ryan Miller allowed four goals on 34 shots in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.

    Advice: Miller couldn't do much for Chicago's goals so you can't really blame him for the loss. Miller now has a 2.24 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in the postseason. Look for him to start also in Game 5 on Friday night.
    Today, 12:27 am
  • Tarasenko scores twice in loss
    Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in St. Louis 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago Wednesday night at United Center and the playoff series is now tied at 2-2.

    Advice: Tarasenko scored his third and fourth goal of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it wasn't enough for the Blues. Maxim Lapierre also scored for the Blues in the loss.
    Today, 12:21 am
  • Crawford and the Blackhawks win
    Corey Crawford stopped 30 of 33 shots in Chicago's 4-3 overtime win over St. Louis Wednesday night.

    Advice: Crawford made some good saves in the game, especially in the first period. He now has a 2.21 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in the playoffs.
    Today, 12:16 am
  • Blackhawks even series on Kane's OT winner
    Patrick Kane scored two goals and registered an assist to give Chicago a 4-3 overtime victory over St. Louis and even the Western Conference First Round series at 2-2.

    Advice: Kane now has four points in four games in this year playoffs. Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw also scored for the Blackhawks, while Jonathan Toews added two helpers in the victory.
    Today, 12:10 am
  • Frederik Andersen chased by Stars in loss
    Anaheim goaltender was chased by the Stars on Wednesday after he allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 4-2 loss.

    Advice: Andersen was lifted midway through the third period and replaced by Jonas Hiller, who faced only one shot in his relief appearance. It's anybody's guess who will be between the pipes for Anaheim in Game 5, as Andersen, Hiller and John Gibson are all in the running for the opportunity.
    Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Chris Kunitz scores in Game 4 loss to CBJ
    Chris Kunitz scored a goal for the Penguins in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets.

    Advice: Kunitz clearly played his best game of the postseason, racking up five shots on goal in addition to his power play marker. James Neal and Craig Adams also found the back of the net for the Pens in the loss while Paul Martin added a pair of assists.
    Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • Marc-Andre Fleury wears horns in OT loss
    Marc-Andre Fleury won't soon forget the difficulties he encountered in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss in Columbus in Game 4 of their first round playoff series.

    Advice: Fleury turned away 42 of 46 shots in the game, which is respectable on its own, but his misplay of a puck behind his net with under 30 seconds to play in the contest led to Brandon Dubinsky's tying goal before Nick Foligno completed the nightmare with the overtime winner. He'll get a chance to redeem himself when the series shifts back to Pittsburgh for Game 5.
    Yesterday, 7:18 pm
  • Duncan Keith rests instead of skating
    Duncan Keith didn't participate in Chicago's morning skate on Wednesday.

    Advice: Keith has been averaging 32:10 minutes per game in the postseason, so this was just an opportunity to give him a breather. Chicago is likely to lean heavily on Keith in the playoffs.
    Yesterday, 12:37 pm
  • Detroit calls up Xavier Ouellet
    Xavier Ouellet has been promoted by the Detroit Red Wings.

    Advice: Ouellet has four goals and 13 assists in 70 AHL games in 2013-14. He was taken in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
    Yesterday, 9:27 am
  • Predators approve of Rinne playing in WHC
    Nashville GM David Poile is fine with Pekka Rinne playing in the IIHF World Hockey Championships for Finland.

    Advice: "It's a great sign that he'll be getting more game action," Poile said. "Because of the time he missed, he didn't get to play enough hockey this season, so he's still eager to play. His health is good and playing in the tournament bodes well for the future." Rinne missed 51 games this season after undergoing surgery for a hip infection. He wants to train hard over the summer to get ready for next year and getting some additional action next month should help as well.
    Yesterday, 7:48 am
  • Blackhawks reunite Kane, Toews and Bickell
    Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are expected to remain on the same line for Game 4 on Wednesday night.

    Advice: They were reunited, along with Bryan Bickell, in Game 3 after seeing some time together earlier in the series. "There is just lots of confidence there. We know what to expect," Toews said. "We know that every shift we go out there that we can get that puck possession and create stuff. The more we create, eventually it's going to go in." That trio helped the Blackhawks earn the Stanley Cup last year and they'll try to help Chicago even up their series with St. Louis on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 6:39 am
  • Can Richards, Carter best 3-0 deficit again?
    Now that the Kings are down 3-0 to San Jose in their first round series, Los Angeles will probably turn to Mike Richards and Jeff Carter for advice.

    Advice: Only three teams in NHL history have successfully come back from a 3-0 series deficit, but one of those teams were the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers. At the time, Carter and Richards were key members of that squad, so their presence alone is proof to their teammates that it's possible.
    Yesterday, 6:38 am
  • Shawn Thornton earns an assist in Game 3
    Shawn Thornton registered an assist and a team-high five hits in Tuesday's win over Detroit.

    Advice: He forecheck helped set up Jordan Caron's goal. Thornton logged only 8:26 of ice time in Game 3, but he played a strong match. He had eight points and 74 penalty minutes in 64 games during the regular season.
    Yesterday, 5:11 am
  • Brad Marchand avoids injury in Game 3
    Brad Marchand was tripped by Brendan Smith's leg in the second and appeared to be hurt on the play.

    Advice: He was able to return, though. Marchand favored his other leg when he went got up, which prompted some criticism on Twitter. "That's why they're on the Twitter-verse and they're not playing in this league," Marchand said. "I twisted my other leg when I landed." He wasn't agitated with Smith for the play and was glad that he escaped without getting injured.
    Yesterday, 5:05 am
  • Jordan Caron nets his 1st career playoff goal
    Jordan Caron scored his first career playoff goal in Tuesday's win over Detroit.

    Advice: Caron has averaged just under eight minutes in three games during the series. He made the most of his limited action (7:45) when he scored Boston's second marker in a 3-0 win. Caron hadn't scored in the NHL since Oct. 5 and that also came against the Red Wings.
    Yesterday, 4:27 am
  • Gaborik scores in OT loss
    Marian Gaborik scored a goal in Los Angeles' 4-3 overtime loss to San Jose Wednesday night at Staples Center.

    Advice: It was Gaborik's first playoff goal with the Kings and it was a highlight-reel goal. He collected the puck near his own blue line and led a 3-on-2 charge toward the other end of the ice. Gaborik blew by Scott Hannan and cut across the crease before flicking a backhand shot past Antti Niemi. Jeff Carter and Jarret Stoll also scored for the Kings, while defenseman Drew Doughty added two helpers in the loss.
    Yesterday, 12:49 am
  • Pekka Rinne joins Team Finland
    Pekka Rinne will play for Team Finland in the 2014 World Championship.

    Advice: Rinne was limited to just 24 games with Nashville in 2013-14, so this is an opportunity for him to get a bit more playing time under his belt before he starts the summer. He previously played for Finland in the 2009 and 2010 World Championships.
    Tuesday, 7:28 am
  • Frederik Andersen gives up 3 in loss to Stars
    Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on 22 shots in Anaheim's 3-0 loss to Dallas Monday evening.

    Advice: Andersen started his third straight game in the playoffs for the Ducks but it was not his night as he stopped only 19 shots. The Stars and Ducks face off again on Wednesday in Game 4 with Anaheim leading two games to one. Look for Andersen, who has a 2-1 record with a 2.67 GAA and a .914 save percentage, to get the start.
    Tuesday, 12:31 am
  • Ryan Miller's one mistake costly vs. Hawks
    Ryan Miller made one early miscue against the Blackhawks Monday, but it cost him dearly as the Blues lost a 2-0 decision in Game 3 of their opening round playoff series.

    Advice: Miller allowed Chicago captain Jonathan Toews to score on a weak wrester early in the first period and although he was perfect the rest of the way, the damage had been done. All told, Miller stopped 23 of 24 shots in the defeat, but was saddled with his first loss of the postseason.
    Monday, 9:01 pm
  • Corey Crawford shuts out Blues in Game 3
    Corey Crawford was superb in goal for the Blackhawks Monday as they defeated St. Louis by a score of 2-0 in Game 3 of their first round playoff series.

    Advice: Needing to avenge the 0-2 hole they found themselves in entering the night, the Blackhawks were in must-win territory and did just that with help from their netminder. Crawford turned aside all 34 shots he faced in the win for his first clean sheet of these playoffs.
    Monday, 8:49 pm
  • Marc-Andre Fleury rarely tested in comeback W
    Marc-Andre Fleury was far from exceptional Monday, but earned a victory in the Penguins 4-3 comeback win over the Blue Jackets.

    Advice: Fleury wasn't severely tested in the game, as he allowed three goals on just 20 shots in the victory, which gives the Pens a 2-1 series advantage. The Pittsburgh netminder has shown some rust so far in the postseason and could limit Pittsburgh's chances.
    Monday, 6:45 pm
  • Mike Richards spears Logan Couture
    Mike Richards picked up a double minor on Sunday for spearing the Sharks Logan Couture with less than six minutes left in the third period.

    Advice: The game was long over by then as the Kings trailed 7-2. The NHL could look at the incident but it will likely involve a fine rather than a suspension as that is what Milan Lucic of the Bruins received. It was Richards 100th playoff game of his career.
    Monday, 4:29 am
  • Tarasenko's dramatic goal turns tide vs Hawks
    Vladimir Tarasenko scored with just 6.4 seconds left in regulation time to send Game 2 against Chicago to overtime.

    Advice: That led to St. Louis earning its second straight overtime victory against Chicago. Tarasenko is on a four-game goal scoring streak, dating back to the regular season.
    Sunday, 7:58 am
  • Crawford blames himself for Game 2 loss
    Corey Crawford put a lot of the blame for Chicago's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blues on his shoulders.

    Advice: Crawford surrendered the game-tying goal with just seven seconds left in the third period. "My pads were together but there was a little space there," Crawford said. "I have to find a way to make that save and our guys need me to make a save at the end. It's really frustrating being up and losing the lead two games in a row in the last couple of minutes. That's pretty much not acceptable. We're not going to win if I play like that. I have to be better." The Blackhawks are now down 2-0, but the silver lining is that the series will head back to Chicago for Game 3 on Monday.
    Sunday, 6:47 am
  • Fleury makes 41 saves in Game 2, 2OT loss
    Marc-Andre Fleury made 41 saves in Pittsburgh's 4-3 double-overtime Game 2 loss to the Blue Jackets.

    Advice: It's pretty clear that Fleury is not going to be a netminder who steals the Penguins any games. Sure, he made a number of athletic saves, but he also appeared lost on several chances and doesn't appear to be playing too confidently, either. Fleury posted a nearly identical save percentage in this one (.911) as he did in Game 1 (.912). The Penguins head to Columbus for Game 3, which will be on Monday. Fleury recorded a .905 save percentage on the road during the regular season, compared to .924 at home.
    Saturday, 8:07 pm
  • Ryan Miller picks up another OT victory
    Ryan Miller stopped 23 of 26 shots in a 4-3 overtime win over Chicago in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: He allowed two goals on seven shots in the third period, but his teammates bailed him out with a game-tying marker with just seven seconds remaining in regulation. Miller has had some anxious moments in the series, but he has played well for spurts as well. The Blues have a 2-0 series lead.
    Saturday, 3:47 pm
  • Corey Crawford, Hawks lose in OT again to STL
    Corey Crawford dropped another 4-3 overtime decision to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: This time it took only one extra session for the Blues to score the winner. Crawford was excellent in the contest, while stopping 21 shots, but the Hawks couldn't hold off the Blues for a second straight playoff game. As a result, they will return home with a 2-0 series hole to dig themselves out of.
    Saturday, 3:43 pm
  • Keith among defensemen who've scored for CHI
    Duncan Keith scored in Chicago's 4-3 overtime loss to St. Louis on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: The Blackhawks' defense corps has accounted for five of the team's six goals in the series so far. Brent Seabrook concluded the match with a goal and a helper, while Michal Rozsival had other Chicago tally in the loss. The Hawks got some contributions from their forward group with winger Brandon Saad assisting on two goals in the contest.
    Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • Vladimir Tarasenko excels in his return
    Vladimir Tarasenko was excellent during his first game back in St. Louis' lineup in Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: He scored a goal and recorded seven shots in the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime victory versus Chicago. Tarasenko was playing in his first game since Mar. 15 after being sidelined with a hand injury. He's quickly gaining a reputation across the league as a dangerous scoring threat. "He creates a lot with his speed and skill," Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said. "He does have a really hard shot and a quick release. He's definitely a guy who I'm aware of every time he gets on the ice. I know exactly where he is."
    Saturday, 9:07 am
  • Jordan Caron opens playoffs on fourth line
    Jordan Caron suited up in Boston's playoff opener versus Detroit on Friday night.

    Advice: He skated on the fourth line because Daniel Paille was unable to play with an upper-body injury, which could be a possible concussion. Caron registered three points in 35 appearances during the regular season.
    Saturday, 6:39 am
  • Andersen solid in win
    Frederik Andersen stopped 34 of 36 shots in Anaheim's 3-2 win over Dallas Friday evening at Honda Center.

    Advice: Andersen started again for the Ducks and shined again. The rookie goaltender has been solid in the first two playoff games for the Ducks and he should be starting in Game 3 also on Monday night.
    Friday, 11:19 pm