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  • Matt Murray backstops Pens into Stanley Cup
    Rookie sensation Matt Murray has propelled the Pittsburgh Penguins all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals after they posted a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 7 of Round 3 on Thursday night.

    Advice: Murray made 16 saves on 17 shots against Tampa Bay, including two from their captain Stevan Stamkos, who returned to the Bolts' lineup. That didn't faze the 22-year-old rookie though, who improves to 11-4-1 in the playoffs with a 2.21 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy, Bolts fall to Penguins
    Andrei Vasilevskiy did all he could for Tampa Bay on Thursday night in stopping 37 shots, but it wasn't enough for the Bolts who fell 2-1 to Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: Vasilevskiy played extremely well coming in for starter Ben Bishop, who went down in Game 1 of the series. At just 21 years of age, he played with poise, ferocity and gave his team a chance against one of the league's premier offences. Bishop has garnered two Vezina Trophy nominations in the past three years and is currently an NHL All Star, but Vasilevskiy makes Bishop expendable. Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Evgeni Malkin's two assists help Pens advance
    Evgeni Malkin set up linemate Bryan Rust twice in Game 7 on Thursday night to fuel the Pens to a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Malkin now has 15 points in 17 playoff games this season, and is on a five game points streak entering Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night. Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Jonathan Drouin, Bolts bested by Pens in Gm 7
    Jonathan Drouin scored his fourth and final goal of the playoffs on Thursday night, as the Lightning were eliminated with a 2-1 loss in Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Advice: Drouin was nothing short of terrific for the Bolts in the post-season. He overcame all sorts of adversity throughout the year, which included long stints in the American Hockey League and under suspension, but Drouin became a crucial part of Tampa Bay's success. He notched 13 points in 16 games, helping the Bolts come within one win of another trip to the Stanley Cup. It will certainly be interesting to see what Lightning GM Steve Yzerman does with this young, budding star this off-season. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Penguins' Game 7 hero is... Bryan Rust
    Bryan Rust, the Penguins' 24-year-old rookie third liner, scored two huge goals on Thursday night to push the Pens past Tampa Bay 2-1 and onto the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: Rust now has five goals and eight points in 17 playoff games this season. It's only the eighth time in playoff history where a rookie has had multiple points in a Game 7. Martin Jones and the Sharks now have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Rust to keep an eye on, the latter of which has a three-game points streak going into Game 1 on Monday. Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy in net for Tampa Bay
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will remain in goal for the Lightning in Game 7 on Thursday night.

    Advice: Vasilevskiy isn't your average backup, owning a 2.87 GAA and .921 save percentage in seven playoff games this year. Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Steven Stamkos taking warmups on ice for Gm 7
    Steven Stamkos is on the ice taking warmup reps with the Tampa Bay Lightning in advance of Game 7 on Thursday night.

    Advice: Stamkos has been sidelined for two months with a blood clot, but unless Jon Cooper has a trick up his sleeve, it appears he is a go for Thursday night's do-or-die game. Yesterday, 4:52 pm
  • Matt Murray gets nod in goal for Game 7
    The Penguins will put their faith in rookie goaltender Matt Murray for Game 7 Thursday night against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: The Penguins briefly gave Marc-Andre Fleury back his goaltending duties, but they are going back to the youngster that brought them to this point. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Will Steven Stamkos play in Game 7?
    Although Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said Thursday morning that there's been no change in Steven Stamkos' status, there's still a chance he might play in Game 7 on Thursday.

    Advice: Or to put it another way: We have no way of knowing if there's a chance that Stamkos will play, so by extension we can't rule it out. There has been speculation about the possibility of Stamkos' return though and Lightning coach Jon Cooper did nothing to kill it by refusing to talk directly about his lineup. "If Stamkos is in the lineup, it's our best foot forward. If he's not, it's because he was ineligible to play," Cooper added. Perhaps Stamkos is off of blood thinners and the Lightning withheld that information in the hopes of throwing off the Penguins. Maybe Stamkos can't play and the Lightning are teasing the possibility that he could in the hope that it will make things just a little tougher for Pittsburgh to prepare. Whatever the case is, we'll find out soon. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy likely to start Thursday
    Andrei Vasilevskiy was the first goalie to leave the ice following Thursday's morning skate.

    Advice: That suggests Vasilevskiy will start, though that was to be expected with Ben Bishop (lower body) sidelined. Vasilevskiy has a 2.87 GAA and .921 save percentage in seven playoff games this year. Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • Report: Gudbranson rejected FLA's 4-year deal
    Erik Gudbranson reportedly turned down a four-year, $18 million extension with the Florida Panthers before the trade.

    Advice: Florida and Gudbranson ended up agreeing to a $3.5 million bridge contract instead. From there, the Panthers dealt him to Vancouver in exchange for Jared McCann, a 2016 second round pick, and a 2016 fourth rounder. That's a nice haul for Gudbranson, but until the trade it looked like the defenseman would be a significant piece of the Panthers for years to come. However, his refusal to sign that four-year contract ultimately played a role in Florida deciding to take a different path. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Steven Stamkos remains sidelined
    This is your daily notice that Steven Stamkos' (blood clot) status remains unchanged.

    Advice: To call it a daily notice is only a slight exaggeration as we also reported on Stamkos' status on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and the reality is that nothing tangible has changed over that stretch. The reason why we keep providing updates though is that the question keeps getting asked and the reason the question keeps getting asked is because Stamkos' situation could change dramatically without much notice. Stamkos has been on blood thinners but as soon as that's not the case, he could end up returning very quickly. That said, it's entirely possible that Stamkos won't play at all in the postseason, even if Tampa Bay manages to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • Report: Rangers won't buy out Dan Girardi
    The New York Rangers will reportedly not buy out Dan Girardi's contract.

    Advice: The team has also not asked Girardi if he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause, so while anything is still possible, it looks like he'll be back in 2016-17. Girardi is coming off of a rough season, but he was playing through a knee issue. Girardi's six-year, $33 million contract runs through 2019-20. Yesterday, 11:25 am
  • Lehtera gets an assist in elimination game
    Jori Lehtera registered an assist in the Blues' 5-2 loss to San Jose Wednesday night.

    Advice: Lehtera finished the playoffs with three goals and nine points in 20 contests. He also had nine goals and 34 points in 79 regular season games. Yesterday, 8:49 am
  • Joonas Donskoi nets a goal Wednesday night
    Joonas Donskoi found the back of the net in San Jose's 5-2 win against St. Louis on Wednesday.

    Advice: Donskoi has five goals and nine points in 18 playoff contests. During the regular season he had 11 goals and 36 points in 76 games. Yesterday, 8:46 am
  • Joe Pavelski extends point streak to 7 games
    Joe Pavelski will go into the Stanley Cup Final riding a seven-game point streak.

    Advice: Pavelski found the back of the net in the Sharks' 5-2 victory on Wednesday. He has 13 goals and 22 points in 18 playoff contests. Yesterday, 8:41 am
  • Wilson hopes to improve regular season play
    The Nashville Predators are hoping Colin Wilson will be more well-rounded in 2016-17.

    Advice: More specifically, Nashville wants Wilson to play in the regular season like he does in the playoffs. In 2015-16 he was limited to just 24 points in 64 regular season games, but during the 2016 postseason he had 13 points in 14 contests. Wilson is certainly aware of the contrast and attributes it to his focus on helping the Predators succeed in the playoffs. The goal then is to think like that throughout the campaign. "When it's just like such a short period, you have to go out there and win," Wilson said. "It's just different than an 82-game schedule. I think you kind of get lost, go into slumps, so I've got to embrace every game, embrace every moment. That mindset has been successful for me, so I'll be trying to do it next year." Yesterday, 6:11 am
  • Nyquist takes an interest in horse Nyquist
    Gustav Nyquist has taken an interest in horse racing lately as the Kentucky Derby winner was named Nyquist, after the Red Wings forward.

    Advice: Nyquist, the horse, then placed third in the Preakness Stakes. "It’s cool. It’s different," Nyquist said. "I watched the race and like, calling a horse instead of my name on the ice, that was definitely different, for sure. It was an honor and a lot of fun to follow for sure." Nyquist, the player, was planning to go to Belmont Park to see the horse race, but now it appears Nyquist, the horse, won't be racing there, so the Red Wings forward hopes to see him another time. Meanwhile, Nyquist had a great showing in the World Championship to put a more positive ending on what had been a bit of a disappointing season. Yesterday, 5:54 am
  • Sharks' G Martin Jones wins Game 6 with ease
    Sharks goalie Martin Jones made 24 saves as he and his San Jose teammates coasted to a 5-2 triumph over the visiting St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final Wednesday night.

    Advice: The win gives the Sharks their first berth into the Stanley Cup Championship Series. They have been in the National Hockey League since 1991-92. They will face the winner of the Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final goes on Monday night. Jones has been steady, if not flashy, for the Sharks throughout the postseason. His record is 12-6 in the playoffs. He takes a goals-against average of 2.12 into the Stanley Cup Final. He is sporting a .919 save percentage. Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Vladimir Tarasenko gets both SL goals in loss
    Vladimir Tarasenko ended his drought in the Western Conference Final Wednesday night, but it didn't help the St. Louis Blues extend the series.

    Advice: The Blues were subdued and eliminated in San Jose by the Sharks, who won the game 5-2 and the best-of-seven series 4-2. Tarasenko was unable to produce a point against the Sharks until Wednesday. He finished the postseason with nine goals and 15 points in 19 postseason games. But Wednesday's game was, in reality, all San Jose. The Sharks catapulted to a 4-0 lead before Tarasenko found the net at 11:39 of the third period. He scored again at 16:25 to cut the Sharks' lead to 4-2. Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • Vancouver gets Gudbranson for McCann, picks
    The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jared McCann, a 2016 second round pick, and a 2016 fourth rounder.

    Advice: That's a hefty price to pay for Gudbranson, but he's still just 24 years old and will provide the Canucks with some needed defensive help. He's a defensive defenseman who finished the 2015-16 campaign with two goals, nine points, and 49 penalty minutes in 64 contests. On May 9 he inked a one-year extension with Florida that will pay him $3.5 million. Wednesday, 6:19 pm
  • Martin Jones is starting Wednesday night
    Martin Jones is the San Jose Sharks' starter for Game 6 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Not that anyone would be surprised by that. After all he's helped San Jose get this far with a 2.13 GAA and .918 save percentage in 17 playoff starts. That being said though, the Blues have beaten him seven times over their last two contests. Wednesday, 6:09 pm
  • Jonathan Drouin has 13 points in 16 games
    Jonathan Drouin registered an assist in the Lightning's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Drouin has four goals and 13 points in 16 contests in the 2016 playoffs. Regardless of what happens for Tampa Bay in Game 7, this postseason run has been a great way for Drouin to help re-establish himself after a drama-filled season. It remains to be seen if he'll still want to be traded over the summer, but at the very least he'll have made the Lightning's job of moving him for a decent price a little easier. Wednesday, 7:14 am
  • Bryan Rust nets his third goal of playoffs
    Bryan Rust found the back of the net in Pittsburgh's 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

    Advice: Rust has three goals and six points in 16 playoff games. During the regular season he had four goals and 11 points in 41 contests. Wednesday, 6:49 am
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy allows four in GM 6 loss
    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed four goals on 33 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: The Bolts appeared to open the scoring in the first period, but after review, the officials decided that Jonathan Drouin was offside. The Penguins followed that up by scoring the first three goals of the game. The Bolts will now have to travel back to Pittsburgh for Game 7 of the series. Tampa's number one goalie Ben Bishop (lower body) has been making progress, but all signs point to Vasilevskiy getting the start in goal for the Bolts. Game 7 will take place on Thursday night. Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Penguins force Game 7 with win over TB
    Matt Murray stopped 28 of 30 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: The decision to go back to Murray paid off for the Penguins, as the win allows them to stay alive and force a Game 7 in their home building. Murray's given up two goals or less in three of his last four outings. He improves his postseason record to 10-4 in 2016. Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final goes Thursday night in Pittsburgh. There's no doubt that the Pens will be going back to Murray in that game. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy gets the nod Tuesday night
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will play between the pipes for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ben Bishop is making progress, but he's not healthy enough to play yet, so the Lightning will stick with Vasilevskiy. That's worked out fine for the Lightning so far as Vasilevskiy has a 2.65 GAA and .928 save percentage in six playoff games. Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • Penguins will start Matt Murray in Game 6
    The Pittsburgh Penguins will start Matt Murray in Game 6 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Marc-Andre Fleury got his first start of the playoffs on Sunday, but he allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss. Although Murray similarly struggled in Game 4, he's the goaltender that's gotten Pittsburgh this far in the playoffs, so it's not surprising to see the Penguins go back to him when facing elimination. Tuesday, 9:58 am
  • Steven Stamkos continues to practice
    Steven Stamkos (blood clot) took part in Tuesday's practice, but he isn't ready to return.

    Advice: Stamkos stayed on after the practice to do bag skating with the other scratches. He confirmed afterwards that his status remains unchanged. Tuesday, 9:10 am
  • G Martin Jones needs only 18 saves for win
    San Jose goalie Martin Jones needed to make only 18 saves for the win in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final in St. Louis Monday night.

    Advice: Jones improved his postseason record to 11-6 as he and the Sharks downed the Blues 6-3. A win Wednesday night in San Jose and the Sharks will advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Jones was pulled Saturday against the Blues after he gave up four goals on 19 shots against the Blues. He was steady enough Monday, though, to last all game. The B.C. native now has a goals-against average of 2.13 and a save percentage of .918 in this season's playoffs. Monday, 8:58 pm
  • Three points for Joe Pavelski; Sharks win 6-3
    Joe Pavelski scored two goals and added an assist as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Blues 6-3 in St. Louis Monday night.

    Advice: The victory gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Final. The Sharks can win the best-of-seven series and earn a berth to the Stanley Cup Final if they beat the Blues in Game 6 in San Jose Wednesday night. Pavelski, who now has 13 goals and nine assists in the playoffs, wasn't the only three-point producer for the Sharks Monday. Joe Thornton also had three points, all assists. He now has 14 assists in the postseason. Thornton and Pavelski both assisted on the game-opening goal by defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic at 3:51 of the opening period. Vlasic's goal was his first of the postseason. The Sharks tied the game at 2-2 on a goal by Joel Ward (third of the playoffs) at 4:37 of the second period. Vlasic assisted on the Ward goal, which came on a power play. Pavelski tied the game again at 3-3 on another San Jose power play goal at 18:33 of the second. It was all Sharks in the third period. They got goals from Pavelski, Chris Tierney and Ward again to make it a 6-3 final. Monday, 8:21 pm
  • Steven Stamkos doesn't expect to play Tuesday
    Steven Stamkos (blood clot) doesn't think he'll be ready for Game 6 on Tuesday night.

    Advice: He said Sunday that he didn't believe there would be updates in the next few days, so he is unlikely to be available. Stamkos participated in Sunday's skate, but he didn't play in Game 5 versus Pittsburgh. Monday, 1:16 pm
  • Tarasenko isn't on the board yet in WCF
    Vladimir Tarasenko is still looking for his first point of the Western Conference Final.

    Advice: The Blues have been blanked two times by the San Jose Sharks in the series, but Tarasenko hasn't hit the scoresheet in the games St. Louis has won either. "Sometimes you score, sometimes you don't," Tarasenko said. "You can't score every game. So, at the same time, you need to help your team. You can be a factor. That's what I try to do. I believe it's coming if you just don't think about it." He has generated seven goals and 13 points in 18 postseason games. Tarasenko will try to end his scoring drought in Game 5 on Monday night. Monday, 11:06 am
  • Evgeni Malkin confident Pens will bounce back
    Evgeni Malkin remains confident after the Lightning took a 3-2 series lead on Sunday night in the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: "I believe in my team, I believe in myself," Malkin said. "We're coming back to Pittsburgh for sure. ... We have a great team. If you want to win the Stanley Cup, it's not easy. Yeah, it's 3-2 but we still have a chance to come back and win." He is expecting the stars on the team to step up and that of course includes himself. Monday, 10:55 am
  • Martin Jones likely to start Game 5
    Martin Jones is expected to get the nod in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final on Monday night after he was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate.

    Advice: He was pulled on Saturday after he surrendered four goals on 19 shots. Jones posted two straight shutouts against St. Louis before struggling in Game 4. He has a 2.07 goal-against average and a .921 save percentage in 16 playoff starts. Monday, 9:47 am
  • Evgeni Malkin extends point streak Sunday
    Evgeni Malkin stretched his point streak to three straight games on Sunday night.

    Advice: He had an assist on a goal by Chris Kunitz late in the second period. Malkin has one goal and two helpers during his scoring spree after going scoreless in six consecutive games previously. The Penguins couldn't hold their lead and lost 4-3 to Tampa Bay in overtime. The Lightning have a 3-2 series lead and Malkin will need to be factor again if Pittsburgh is going to force Game 7. Monday, 5:44 am
  • Bryan Rust registers assist Sunday in OT loss
    Bryan Rust collected an assist in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: He helped set up Brian Dumoulin's opening goal of the match in a 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay. Rust has two goals and five points in 15 postseason appearances. He skated with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz for most of Sunday's game. Monday, 5:36 am
  • Matt Murray ready to go if called upon for G5
    Coach Mike Sullivan said that Matt Murray handled the news well when the young netminder was told he wouldn't start in Game 5 against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: "Matt's great. He's a very composed kid. He's played extremely well for this team, as has Marc .." Sullivan said. "But Matt's terrific. He gets it. He's a mature kid. And if and when he's called upon to go back in the net, he'll go back in the net. That's what he does." Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday in his first start since Mar. 31. It wouldn't be surprising if the Penguins gave Murray the nod on Tuesday, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. Monday, 5:27 am
  • Vasilevskiy helps Bolts take 3-2 series lead
    Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 31 of 34 shots in Sunday's 4-3 OT win over the Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: The Lightning got off to a rocky start after the Pens jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period. The Bolts managed to tie the game at two, but the Pens jumped back in front when Chris Kunitz scored the go-ahead goal with 50 seconds remaining in the second. With time running out in regulation, Nikita Kucherov tied the game to force overtime. Tyler Johnson scored the game-winning goal just 53 seconds into the extra period. Vasilevskiy now has a 3-2 record with a 2.65 goals-against-average and a .928 save percentage this postseason. Sunday, 8:33 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy will start Game 5 of ECF
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the start in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday.

    Advice: The 21-year-old will be making his fourth consecutive start. Vasilevskiy enters the game with a 2-2 record, a 2.58 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage this postseason. He'll keep getting the starts until Ben Bishop is able to return from his lower-body injury. Sunday, 2:27 pm
  • Steven Stamkos won't play in Game 5 of ECF
    Steven Stamkos won't play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday.

    Advice: There hasn't been a change in status for Stamkos (blood clot). The Lightning sniper has yet to play in a game this postseason. Last week, Stamkos said he felt ready to play physically, but he admitted "it's just not safe" for him to suit up. He continues to be day-to-day. Sunday, 9:37 am
  • Martin Jones shutout streak ends at 153:57
    Martin Jones shutout streak ended on Saturday at 153:57.

    Advice: Troy Brouwer's power play goal 6:14 into the first period ended the streak that began in Game 1. Jones struggled as he gave up four goals on 19 shots before being pulled just past the halfway mark of the second period. Look for Jones to get the start in Game 5 Monday. Sunday, 6:18 am
  • Jori Lehtera nets goal in Blues' GM 4 victory
    Jori Lehtera picked up a goal in the Blues’ 6-3 win against the Sharks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday night.

    Advice: Lehtera tickled the twine at 10:11 of the first period. He has two goals and eight points in 18 playoff games. At even strength, he was on the ice for six shots for and 13 shots against, so he didn’t have an overly impressive game aside from the goal. Kyle Brodziak (two), Troy Brouwer (two) and Alex Pietrangelo scored the other goals. Saturday, 7:25 pm
  • Joe Pavelski gets goal, but Sharks lose 6-3
    Joe Pavelski scored in the Sharks’ 6-3 loss to the Blues on Saturday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.

    Advice: Pavelski got the Sharks’ scoring started in the third via a pretty feed from Joe Thornton. It cut the deficit to 4-1 at the time. Pavelski has recorded at least one point in five consecutive games. He has 10 goals and 18 points in 16 playoff games this season. Chris Tierney and Melker Karlsson got the other goals. The series is tied 2-2. Saturday, 7:17 pm
  • Martin Jones yanked after giving up 4 goals
    Martin Jones was pulled midway through the second period of Game 4 after giving up four goals on 19 shots.

    Advice: Jones, who played 30:11, entered the game with a 1.78 GAA and .929 SV% in 17 playoff games. James Reimer came in to relieve him. We have seen eight goalies in the conference finals. Jones has a 2.07 GAA and .921 SV% in the playoffs. Saturday, 5:47 pm
  • Martin Jones has long shutout streak
    Martin Jones has not allowed a goal in 147:43 minutes.

    Advice: Jones is working off back-to-back shutouts and has a nice streak going into Game 4 Saturday in San Jose. He has allowed only two goals in his last four games which includes three shutouts. He is 10-5 this post-season with a 1.89 GAA and a .927 save percentage. Three of his five losses have come in overtime so the netminder has sparkled in the playoffs. Saturday, 4:36 am
  • Goaltending controversy brewing in Pittsburgh
    There is a goaltending controversy brewing in Pittsburgh as to who should start Game 5 of the Conference Final.

    Advice: Matt Murray has been the Penguins starter through most of the playoffs and has started the last 14 post-season games. Fleury had not played in 50 days before he started the third period Friday in relief of Murray. Fleury has plenty of playoff experience and could be the netminder to go to Sunday for Game 5. Whichever way coach Mike Sullivan goes, he will certainly be second guessed if the Penguins fall to the Lightning. Saturday, 4:19 am
  • Evgeni Malkin scores 1st goal in eight games
    Evgeni Malkin found the back of the net for the first time in eight games Friday.

    Advice: Malkin had gone six games without a point before garnering an assist in Game 3 Wednesday. Malkin also led all Penguins with six shots on goal. It looks like Malkin is finally out of his slump and that's none too soon for the Penguins. Saturday, 4:10 am
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy helps TB even up ECF 2-2
    Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 of 38 shots in Friday's 4-3 win over the Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: The Lightning were in full control of the game through two periods, as they entered the third with a 4-0 lead. The Penguins seemed to find their game in the last 20 minutes and cut the lead to 4-3. Despite their lackluster play in the third, the Bolts managed to hold on for the win. Vasilevskiy has a 2-2 record with a 2.58 goals-against-average and a .932 save percentage this postseason. Friday, 8:25 pm
  • Matt Murray takes the loss in Game 4 of ECF
    Matt Murray allowed four goals on 30 shots in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: Murray was given the hook after 40 minutes. The Pens turned to Marc-Andre Fleury in the third period and the move seemed to give Pittsburgh a spark. The Penguins scored three unanswered goals in the final frame, but their comeback fell just short. Murray has a 9-4 record with a 2.33 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage this postseason. It'll be interesting to see if the Penguins go back to Murray in Game 5 or if they'll opt to start Fleury instead. The series is now tied 2-2. Friday, 8:18 pm
  • Matt Murray pulled in Game 4 of ECF
    Matt Murray was given the hook in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Lightning.

    Advice: It's hard to blame Murray for the hole the Penguins are in tonight, but his numbers certainly aren't pretty. The 21-year-old allowed four goals on 30 shots through 40 minutes. Marc-Andre Fleury came out for the start of the third period. Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Matt Murray starts Game 4 vs. Lightning
    Matt Murray will get the start in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: The 21-year-old helped Pittsburgh take Games 2 and 3 from the Bolts. He has a 9-3 record with a 2.13 goals-against-average and a .928 save percentage during the 2016 playoffs. Friday, 4:57 pm
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy starts Game 4
    Andrei Vasilevskiy will get the start in Game 4 against the Penguins.

    Advice: Starter Ben Bishop still isn't ready to return from his lower-body injury. Vasilevskiy has a 1-2 record with a 2.45 goals-against-average and a .935 save percentage this postseason. Friday, 4:55 pm
  • Steven Stamkos feels good, but can't play
    Steven Stamkos (blood clot) feels like he's physically ready to play, but knows that he can't.

    Advice: "It's a little different when it's pain that you're playing through," Stamkos said. "I have no pain. It's more frustrating because it's just not safe. I think there's a big difference between playing through pain and playing through your life at risk, so it's easier to comprehend it. I've played through a lot of pain and lots of hockey players play with a lot of pain. I don't feel any pain. That's the toughest part, I think, is physically feeling ready and just internally not being ready. I can't feel or see that." Stamkos is still on blood thinners and that's why his doctors have been telling him he can't play. He might not need much time to get ready when he's taken off the medication, but there's no set timetable for when he'll be ready to come off the blood thinners. It's possible he won't be able to play in the postseason at all. Friday, 1:02 pm
  • Jones and Leighton have something in common
    Martin Jones is the first goaltender to post back-to-back shutouts in the conference finals since 2010.

    Advice: Michael Leighton did it with the Philadelphia Flyers six years ago. As for Jones, he has earned three shutouts in his last four games, giving him a 1.89 GAA and .927 save percentage in 15 playoff starts. Friday, 12:10 pm
  • Pavelski picks up pair of helpers in Game 3
    Joe Pavelski picked up a pair of helpers during Thursday's 3-0 Game 3 win over the Blues.

    Advice: Pavelski extends his point streak to four games, which totals four assists and five points over that span. All in all this postseason, Pavelski now has eight helpers and 17 points. Thursday, 8:58 pm
  • Donskoi scores in Game 3 vs Blues
    Joonas Donskoi picked up his fourth goal of the postseason during Thursday's 3-0 Game 3 win over the Blues.

    Advice: Donskoi was the beneficiary of a sudden two-on-one breakaway led by Logan Couture, as he feathered the rookie a pass he couldn't refuse for the game's second tally. Donskoi now has eight points this postseason. Thursday, 8:56 pm
  • Jones blanks Blues for a second straight game
    Martin Jones' shutout streak continued with a 22-save blanking of the Blues in Thursday's 3-0 Game 3 win.

    Advice: Jones has now not been beaten in the series since Jori Lehtera's tally 9:15 into the second period of Game 1, a span 155:45. He has three shutouts this postseason, and has backstopped the Sharks to their first ever series lead in the Conference Finals. Thursday, 8:51 pm
  • Martin Jones, Sharks look for series edge
    Martin Jones gets the nod for the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 as the Western Conference Final shifts to San Jose on Thursday night.

    Advice: Jones is 9-5-3 in the post-season with a 2.02 goals against average and .923 save percentage. Jones is 5-1 with a .948 save percentage at home in the playoffs. Thursday, 5:59 pm
  • Steven Stamkos still in a 'holding pattern'
    Steven Stamkos (blood clot) said he remains in a "holding pattern" and that there's no guarantee he'll play at all in the 2016 postseason.

    Advice: When it comes to returning for Game 4 specifically, Stamkos put his chances of playing at 5%. In other words, anything is possible, but it would be a shocking turn if he was ready for Friday's game. On the bright side, he did practice on Thursday. Thursday, 1:10 pm
  • Steven Stamkos practices Thursday
    Steven Stamkos (blood clots) is taking part in Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Stamkos didn't skate on Tuesday or Wednesday. It's still not known if he'll be able to return before the end of the Eastern Conference Final. Thursday, 9:58 am
  • G Andrei Vasilevskiy stops 44 shots but loses
    Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, filling in for first-stringer Ben Bishop (lower-body injury), was impressive during the Lightning's 4-2 loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night.

    Advice: Vasilevskiy made 44 saves against the Pens, who took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Final. Vasilevskiy is 1-2 in the playoffs but he's played better than his record. He stopped 38 shots against Pittsburgh in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pens on Monday. His goals-against average is now 2.45 in the postseason. His save percentage is .935. If Bishop is ready to play in Game 4 in Tampa on Friday, he will and Vasilevskiy will return to the bench, despite his first-rate play. Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • G Matt Murray solid in helping Pens prevail
    Rookie goalie Matt Murray earned another win Wednesday night, making 26 saves in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins double up 4-2 on the Lightning in Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Murray's postseason record is now 9-3. He's sporting a 2.13 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. In the Eastern Conference Final, which the Pens' now lead 2-1, Murray has surrendered seven goals on 69 Lightning shots. Wednesday, 8:34 pm
  • Steven Stamkos will sit again in Game 3
    Steven Stamkos (blood clot) will not play in Game 3 versus Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Coach Jon Cooper said there hasn't been a change in his status, so he is still on blood thinners. It's unclear if Stamkos will be able to return this postseason, but it hasn't been completely ruled out yet either. Wednesday, 8:17 am
  • Blues shut out by Sharks in Game 2 of WCF
    Vladimir Tarasenko had six shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to San Jose in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final.

    Advice: No player had more shots on goal in the game, but the Blues still couldn't find a way to get a goal by Sharks goalie Martin Jones. Tarasenko finished the game with a minus-1 rating and two hits in 19:02 of ice time. The Blues and Sharks will head to San Jose with the series tied 1-1. Tuesday, 7:52 pm
  • Vladimir Tarasenko will play in Game 2
    Vladimir Tarasenko will play in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Tarasenko missed the morning skate because he was with his wife, who gave birth to the couple's first child. He has seven goals and 13 points for the Blues this postseason. We'd like to send our congratulations to the entire Tarasenko family. Tuesday, 4:37 pm
  • Tarasenko skips skate, expected to play Tues.
    Vladimir Tarasenko (personal) didn't skate Tuesday morning, but the assumption is that he will be available to play in Game 2 versus San Jose.

    Advice: He was at the hospital in the morning for the birth of his son. Tarasenko has recorded seven goals and 13 points in 15 contests during the playoffs. You should expect him to play Tuesday night. Tuesday, 9:43 am
  • Evgeni Malkin's scoring slump continues
    Evgeni Malkin skated with several different players in Game 2 against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: He played with Chris Kunitz, Bryan Rust, Carl Hagelin, Phil Kessel, Patric Hornqvist and Sidney Crosby in the contest, but he was unable to break out of his current scoring slump. Malkin has gone six straight games without a point and he hasn't scored a goal in his last seven. Tuesday, 5:49 am
  • Jonathan Drouin scores in Tampa Bay OT loss
    Jonathan Drouin scored one of the Tampa Bay Lightning's goals in a 3-2, overtime loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh Monday night.

    Advice: The best-of-seven, Eastern Conference final is now tied at 1-1, with Game 3 going in Tampa Bay Wednesday night. Drouin's goal, his third of the postseason, tied the game 2-2 at 19:10 of the first period. Anton Stralman cut the Pens' lead to 2-1 with his first goal of the playoffs at 16:37 of the first period. Monday, 9:17 pm
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