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  • Lehtonen and Stars lose
    Kari Lehtonen let in three goals on 19 shots in Dallas' 3-2 loss to Anaheim Friday night.

    Advice: It was a difficult game for Lehtonen as the Ducks scored some pretty goals. Lehtonen was outplayed by Frederik Andersen and the Stars lost their second straight to Anaheim. The Ducks and the Stars will play their next game on Monday in Dallas and Lehtonen will probably start again then.
    Yesterday, 11:31 pm
  • Chiasson scores in loss
    Alex Chiasson scored a goal in Dallas' 3-2 loss to Anaheim in Game 2 on Friday evening.

    Advice: Dallas took the lead on Chiasson's power-play goal, his first career playoff goal, at 7:40 of the first period. Dallas coach Lindy Ruff put Chiasson at right wing in place of Valeri Nichushkin on the top line to provide scoring depth. Ryan Garbutt scored the other goal for the Stars.
    Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 11:19 pm
  • Getzlaf has two points in win
    Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and registered an assist in Anaheim's 3-2 win over Dallas in Game 2 Friday night.

    Advice: Getzlaf, who welcomed his third child, daughter Willa, early Friday morning, nearly 24 hours after he received numerous stitches for a deep laceration on his face from a Tyler Seguin slap shot in Game 1, was the best player in Game 2. He now has four points in two playoffs game this season. Andrew Cogliano scored a shorthanded goal for the Ducks, while Corey Perry also scored in the win. It was Perry's first playoff goal in three years.
    Yesterday, 11:15 pm
  • Ryan Getzlaf welcomes child, set for Game 2
    Ryan Getzlaf and his wife Paige welcomed a new baby girl, Willa, to the world on Friday morning.

    Advice: Getzlaf has had a long two days since the Ducks' Game 1 win over Dallas, as he is also recovering from a slap shot to the face. Anaheim's captain will indeed be in the lineup for Friday night's Game 2 though, and might get a boost from the newest member of his family. After his wife gave birth to their first child Ryder during the 2010-11 season, Getzlaf notched an assist the next night and five points over the next four games.
    Yesterday, 5:26 pm
  • Frederik Andersen expected to start in Game 2
    Frederik Andersen is projected to play between the pipes again on Friday.

    Advice: Andersen stopped 32 of 35 shots in Anaheim's 4-3 victory over Dallas in their playoff opener on Wednesday. Obviously, the fact that they're sticking with Andersen doesn't bode well for Jonas Hiller, who might not be offered a contract extension before his current deal runs out this summer.
    Yesterday, 10:38 am
  • Colton Sceviour OK for Game 2
    Colton Sceviour will be able to play in Game 2 against the Ducks Friday night.

    Advice: He slammed face first into the boards in Game 1 and there was some concern that he had seriously injured himself but he did play in the third period Wednesday. Even though he didn't skate Thursday, it seems Sceviour is good to go for Friday's contest.
    Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Nick Foligno is now a possibility Saturday
    Nick Foligno (knee) looked good in Friday's practice.

    Advice: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards was "excited" by how well Foligno performed. He was previously ruled out for Game 2 on Saturday, but it looks like he might play after all.
    Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • E. Johnson saves game for Avs Thursday night
    If it wasn't for an unbelievable insipirational play by Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson the Avalanche would be down one game to the Wild.

    Advice: With time winding down in Thursday's opening game of the playoffs between the Avs and the Wild and with Minnesota leading 4-3 and the Colorado net empty for an extra attacker, Johnson raced back and swatted the puck out of the crease and then crashed into the goalpost saving a sure empty-net goal. The play rallied his teammates, and specifically Paul Stastny, who scored the tying and then the winning goal in overtime.
    Yesterday, 9:40 am
  • Kardi named to Team Canada for IIHF tourney
    Nazem Kadri was named to Team Canada for the upcoming IIHF Championships scheduled to begin on May 9th in Belarus.

    Advice: He will be joined on the squad by teammates Morgan Rielly and James Reimer. Kadri had an inconsistent season but still set career highs in goals and points with 20 and 50 respectively. Reilly is a promising defenseman who just scratched the surface of his vast talent this season. We all know about the trials Reimer had in 2013-14.
    Yesterday, 8:52 am
  • Vanek-Desharnais-Pac line dominant
    The line of Thomas Vanek, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty was dominant in Game 1 against Tampa.

    Advice: This unit combined to take an impressive 17 shots on goal in the 5-4 overtime win Wednesday night and were responsible for the overtime winner scored by Vanek. If the Lighting hope to tie the series Friday, they are going to have to find a way to slow down the Vanek-Desharnais-Pacioretty line.
    Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Raffi Torres nets fourth career playoff GWG
    Raffi Torres accounted for the game-winner in San Jose's 6-3 victory over Los Angeles in Game 1 of the first round.

    Advice: Torres has 10 goals in 62 career playoff games and remarkably four of them have been game-winners. He also had a team-high seven hits in the Sharks' playoff opener.
    Yesterday, 7:34 am
  • Brent Burns gets two points vs. LAK
    Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 6-3 victory on Thursday.

    Advice: Burns' efforts helped San Jose claim a 1-0 lead on Los Angeles in the first round series. He had 22 goals and 48 points in 69 games this season.
    Yesterday, 7:29 am
  • Martin St. Louis gets two assists in Game 1
    Martin St. Louis had two assists in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of the first round.

    Advice: St. Louis got off to a slow start with the Rangers after being acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning, but if he shines in the playoffs then that will be forgotten. With those two assists, St. Louis now has 70 points in 64 career postseason games.
    Yesterday, 7:05 am
  • Jake Muzzin nets his first postseason goal
    Jake Muzzin netted a goal in the Kings' 6-3 defeat to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Muzzin's first career playoff goal in 18 games. He had five goals and 24 points in 76 contests this season.
    Yesterday, 6:52 am
  • Kings unusually sloppy in Game 1
    The Los Angeles Kings were uncharacteristically sloppy in Thursday's 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 1 of the first round.

    Advice: "Sloppy play, turnovers, bad (line) changes, odd-man rushes," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "We gave up more odd-man rushes in the first period than we've had in the last ..." A reporter at that point offered month as the answer and Brown agreed. The Kings got to the playoffs by being one of the best defensive teams in the league and they aren't likely to win high-scoring games against a team like San Jose.
    Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • Sergei Bobrovsky isn't satisfied after Game 1
    Sergei Bobrovsky wasn't happy with his performance in Game 1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 32 shots in Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory. "I have to be better," Bobrovsky said. "Four goals is a lot, but it's already past me." It was Bobrovsky's first playoff game since 2012 when he was still a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He has a 4.04 GAA and .855 save percentage in eight career playoff games.
    Yesterday, 6:41 am
  • Ducks can breathe a sigh of relief
    The Anaheim Ducks were naturally relived when X-rays taken on Ryan Getzlaf's face came back negative.

    Advice: Getzlaf was struck by the puck late in Wednesday's game, but will be able to play on Friday. "It's your leader," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Your captain. When Sidney Crosby went down with his broken jaw, I'm sure all the Penguins were going, 'Oh, my goodness.' We got lucky in that one. And hopefully it doesn't happen again." Getzlaf had 31 goals and 87 points in 77 games in 2013-14.
    Yesterday, 6:35 am
  • Raffi Torres will return for Game 1 vs. Kings
    Raffi Torres (knee) will play Thursday when the Sharks host Los Angeles in their playoff opener.

    Advice: He sat out the last 17 games of the regular season to rest after returning for five games from knee surgery. Torres skated with Andrew Desjardins and Martin Havlat on the fourth line during the morning session.
    Thursday, 3:04 pm
  • Nick Foligno won't be available for Game 2
    Nick Foligno (knee) won't play in Game 2 Saturday night.

    Advice: Coach Todd Richards said that Foligno could possibly be back on Monday for Game 3 back in Columbus.
    Thursday, 2:33 pm
  • Ryan Getzlaf (face) expected to play Friday
    Ryan Getzlaf (face) is expected to play in Game 2 on Friday night.

    Advice: He suffered a deep facial laceration after he was struck in the face by a shot from Dallas' Tyler Seguin with just 16.4 seconds left in the third period. Fortunately, his X-rays came back negative.
    Thursday, 10:52 am
  • Thomas Vanek scores in Game 1 victory
    Thomas Vanek scored in Montreal's 5-4 overtime win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He also registered a game-high seven shots. Vanek is a streaky player and he played very well in the Canadiens' playoff opener, which could be a good sign for the Habs.
    Thursday, 7:37 am
  • Ryan Getzlaf gets hit by puck, exits game
    Ryan Getzlaf left Wednesday's game late in the third period after being struck in the face by the puck.

    Advice: "I just know he's (Getzlaf) getting stitched up right now," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "That's the only thing I've heard. I think he's going to be OK." Before getting hurt, Getzlaf scored a goal and an assist to lead Anaheim to a 4-3 victory over Dallas.
    Thursday, 6:08 am
  • Lehtonen and Stars lose
    Kari Lehtonen allowed four goals on 35 shots in Dallas' 4-3 loss to Anaheim Wednesday evening at Honda Center.

    Advice: It wasn't a good start for Lehtonen as he allowed three goals in the first period. After the first period he played much better, but it was too late. Despite his shaky performance he should be the starting goalie on Friday, when the Stars and the Ducks will face again.
    Thursday, 12:26 am
  • Sceviour scores in loss
    Colton Sceviour scored a goal and added an assist for the Stars in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Anaheim in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

    Advice: It was a nice way to start the playoffs for Sceviour, but the Stars failed to win. He finished the regular season with 12 points in 28 games so two points in his first playoff game ever was a great start for him. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin also scored for the Stars.
    Thursday, 12:21 am
  • Andersen and Ducks win
    Frederik Andersen stopped 32 of 35 shots in Anaheim's 4-3 win over Dallas Wednesday night.

    Advice: Andersen played in 28 regular season games and got the start, because Jonas Hiller struggled in his last regular season games. Andersen played a solid game and he should be the starter on Friday also. Andersen became the third rookie goaltender in Ducks history to play in a playoff game. Tom Askey (1999) and Ilya Bryzgalov (2006) were the others.
    Thursday, 12:13 am
  • Getzlaf leads Ducks past Stars
    Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and registered an assist in Anaheim's 4-3 win over Dallas Wednesday night to take a 1-0 series lead.

    Advice: Getzlaf, who finished with 87 points in 77 regular season games, continued his great season with two points. There was also bad news for Getzlaf when he took a Tyler Seguin slap shot to the face with 16 seconds left and went to the dressing room. The Ducks and the Stars will play again on Friday night and it is uncertain if Getzlaf can play then. Matt Beleskey also had a strong night with a goal and an assist, while Kyle Palmieri and Mathieu Perreault also scored for the Ducks. Francois Beauchemin added two helpers in the victory.
    Thursday, 12:09 am
  • Sergei Bobrovsky can't hold off Penguins
    Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was unable to hold off the flying Penguins in a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.

    Advice: 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.
    Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Raffi Torres will probably play Thursday
    Raffi Torres (knee) is probable for Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: 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.
    Wednesday, 3:23 pm
  • Ducks will start Frederik Andersen in Game 1
    Frederik Andersen will play between the pipes for Anaheim on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jonas Hiller's late season struggles cost him the start in the Ducks' playoff opener. Andersen is a 24-year-old rookie with 28 NHL games under his belt, so obviously Anaheim's goaltending situation is a bit of a concern. The good news is that he was solid during the regular season with a 2.29 GAA and .923 save percentage.
    Wednesday, 11:00 am
  • Nick Foligno (knee) might play in Game 2
    Nick Foligno (knee) might be able to play in Game 2 of the first round.

    Advice: Foligno was already ruled out for the Blue Jackets' playoff opener on Wednesday. He had 39 points and 96 penalty minutes in 70 contests in 2013-14.
    Wednesday, 6:29 am
  • Ducks might start Frederik Andersen in Game 1
    Frederik Andersen might be the Anaheim Ducks' opening game starter.

    Advice: Jonas Hiller has been struggling lately and he admitted the slump has gotten to him. Andersen is a rookie with just 28 games worth of NHL experience, but did post an impressive 2.29 GAA and .923 save percentage this season.
    Tuesday, 2:28 pm
  • G Kari Lehtonen looking to carry Dallas Stars
    Goalie Kari Lehtonen is determined to push the Dallas Stars forward in the playoffs and is comfortable he can do so his way.

    Advice: "I'm excited for this opportunity," Lehtonen 30, said of starting the playoffs Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks. "We've been working for this, and now we want to get in there and see what we can do. It's a great time." Lehtonen added: "I have worked all year for this moment, and I think I'm ready." Lehtonen overcame a concussion and a groin strain to play in a league-high 65 games this season. He last was in the postseason in 2007 as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers. Just 23 at the time, he had helped the Thrashers make the playoffs for the first time by forging a 34-24-9 record.
    Tuesday, 7:21 am
  • Nick Foligno (knee) is out for Game 1
    Nick Foligno's lower-body injury is related to his knee.

    Advice: Foligno won't participate in Game 1 of the Blue Jackets' first round series. However, he should be able to return before the round is over. He had 39 points and 96 penalty minutes in 70 games this season.
    Tuesday, 7:03 am