Player Notes

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

    Advice: 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.
    Today, 7:46 am
  • Victor Hedman has a two-point game
    Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win against Montreal on Sunday.

    Advice: 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.
    Today, 7:44 am
  • Keith Yandle: 'I feel good'
    Keith Yandle insists that he feels fine despite missing about a week worth of practices.

    Advice: 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.
    Today, 7:12 am
  • Mats Zuccarello doesn't travel to Washington
    Mats Zuccarello (upper body) didn't travel with the Rangers to Washington.

    Advice: 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.
    Today, 7:09 am
  • Tom Gilbert scores in loss to Tampa Bay
    Tom Gilbert found the back of the net in Montreal's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay Sunday night.

    Advice: 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.
    Today, 7:03 am
  • Brandon Prust tears into referee Brad Watson
    Brandon Prust made it very clear after Sunday's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay that he was unhappy with referee Brad Watson.

    Advice: "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.
    Today, 7:01 am
  • Penalty troubles cost Montreal Sunday
    Max Pacioretty felt the team's penalty troubles was part of the reason they suffered a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.

    Advice: "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.
    Today, 6:58 am
  • Ryan Suter is minus-three in Game 2
    Ryan Suter had an assist in Minnesota's 4-1 loss to Chicago Sunday night.

    Advice: 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.
    Today, 6:53 am
  • Patrick Sharp is on a three-game point streak
    Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist in Chicago's 4-1 win over Minnesota on Sunday.

    Advice: 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.
    Today, 6:40 am
  • Patrick Kane now has over 100 playoff points
    Patrick Kane became the 91st player to record 100 career playoff points.

    Advice: 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.
    Today, 6:39 am
  • Crawford loses his mask, but not the game
    Corey Crawford had a bit of a scare in Sunday's game when a slapshot from Marco Scandella nailed him in the mask.

    Advice: Crawford initially appeared to be dazed by the blow, causing some to fear that he might have sustained a head injury. Crawford ultimately shook it off and stayed in the game, although he had to get a new mask from the bench. "It was just dented a little bit. Whenever it's dented there's a chance the next one can squeak through so you just have to change it," said Crawford. The netminder turned aside 30 of 31 shots in a 4-1 win against Minnesota on Sunday.
    Today, 6:34 am
  • David Wolf makes his playoff debut Sunday
    David Wolf was inserted into the lineup for Game 2 on Sunday.

    Advice: The Flames needed help because Micheal Ferland was unavailable for the contest. Wolf, who entered the contest with three games worth of NHL experience, made his playoff debut. He had three hits in 10:25 minutes of ice time.
    Today, 6:28 am
  • Flames encouraged by play in final 40 minutes
    Although the Flames suffered a 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 on Sunday, they were encouraged by their play in the second and third periods.

    Advice: Calgary managed to outshot Anaheim 21-14 in the final 40 minutes of the game. "It shows we can play with these guys, but now we need to do it for 60 minutes," said Kris Russell. "We can talk all we want about how we can compete with these guys, but we have to show that we can, and I thought we did there in the second and third. We have to build from that. It doesn't mean it's going to get easier. It doesn't mean we go home and we're just going to find our game. We have to earn everything against this team. We have to make sure we're prepared to do that in Game 3." Although Calgary outshot Anaheim over that span, the Ducks still outscored them in the final 40 minutes of the contest. Calgary has an uphill battle ahead of it.
    Today, 6:25 am
  • Beleskey scores game-winner vs. Calgary
    Matt Beleskey netted the game-winning goal in Anaheim's 3-0 victory over Calgary on Sunday.

    Advice: Anaheim took a 2-0 series lead against Calgary in the second round. Beleskey has scored seven goals in 24 career playoff contests and two of them have been game winners.
    Today, 6:16 am
  • Ryan Kesler gets an assist vs. Flames Sunday
    Ryan Kesler had an assist in a 3-0 win against Calgary on Sunday.

    Advice: Kesler has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last five contests. He has three goals and six points in six playoff contests in 2015.
    Today, 6:13 am
  • Ryan Getzlaf has 10 points in six games
    Ryan Getzlaf had two assists in Anaheim's 3-0 win over Calgary on Sunday.

    Advice: Getzlaf has two goals and 10 points in six playoff contests so far. That's an incredible start and one of the reasons Anaheim is 6-0 so far in the playoffs. If the Flames want to bounce back after dropping the first two games of their series, they have to find a way to minimize Getzlaf and linemate Corey Perry's impact.
    Today, 6:11 am
  • Karri Ramo allows two; Flames down 2-0
    Karri Ramo stopped 31 of 33 shots in Sunday's 3-0 loss to Anaheim.

    Advice: It's pretty clear that through two games, the Flames have been overwhelmed by the Ducks. Calgary turned to Ramo on Sunday after being forced to pull former Duck Jonas Hiller in back-to-back starts. The Flames will be disappointed to go down 0-2 in the series, but they did show that they could keep up with the Ducks in the second half of the game. It will be interesting to see if Bob Hartley goes back to Hiller or if he will give Ramo another shot to prove himself. Calgary isn't in a good spot, but they aren't in trouble yet. The picture will look more bleak if they fail to collect a win on home ice in Game Three on Tuesday night.
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Frederik Andersen makes 30 saves in win
    Frederik Andersen stopped all 30 shots he faced in Sunday's 3-0 win over Calgary.

    Advice: Andersen's perfect postseason continues. The Ducks goaltender is now a perfect 6-0 this postseason and what's even more impressive is the fact that he has just allowed one goal in this second round series so far. The 25-year-old has allowed more than two goals just once in the 2015 playoffs. Anaheim has looked like a solid team from top to bottom in the postseason, and it wouldn't surprise anyone if their journey doesn't end anytime soon. Andersen looks like the fantasy goalie to own in the playoffs.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Flames blanked by Ducks; Trail 2-0 in series
    The Calgary Flames dropped a 3-0 decision to the Anaheim Ducks in Game Two of their best-of-seven series.

    Advice: The young Flames squad overwhelmed Vancouver in the first round but they have been unable to get anything going against a much more complete Anaheim team. Calgary has been outscored 9-1 in the first two games of the series, and they will need to find the back of the net more frequently at home if they hope to extend the series. Sean Monahan finished the night with a minus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and one shot on goal.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Corey Perry picks up two points in ANA win
    Corey Perry picked up two assists in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Calgary Flames.

    Advice: The Ducks now have a commanding 2-0 lead in the series and they won both games in impressive fashion. Perry's great postseason run continues. The 29-year-old picked up a pair of primary assists on goals from Hampus Lindholm and Nate Thompson. Perry now has 13 points in the 2015 playoffs, which leads all skaters. The Ducks are a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs, as they swept through Winnipeg in the first round and are taking care of Calgary so far in the second.
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
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