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|5/22/2017||Nick Bonino, Pit, C|
|Bonino had two assists in Sunday's Game 5 rout of the Senators.
Analysis: He only has five points in the postseason.
|5/21/2017||Pekka Rinne, Nsh, G|
|Rinne made 32 saves in Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Ducks in Game 5.
Analysis: He has a 1.62 goals-against average in the playoffs.
|5/21/2017||Pontus Aberg, Nsh, LW|
|Aberg scored his first career playoff goal with 8:59 to play, and the Predators moved to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks to take a 3-2 series lead Saturday night.
Analysis: Aberg spent most of the season in the minors, and he had a part-time depth role for the Nashville Predators in these Stanley Cup playoffs until injuries thrust him into a key role in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
|5/20/2017||John Gibson, Anh, G|
|Gibson sat out Monday as the Ducks were eliminated by the Predators in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
Analysis: He had stopped all 10 shots he faced in Game 5 before exiting with a lower-body injury. Gibson finished 10-6 with a 2.59 GAA in the postseason.
|5/20/2017||Rickard Rakell, Anh, C|
|Rakell (lower-body injury) sat out Monday as the Ducks were eliminated by the Predators in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
Analysis: Rakell had 33 goals and 18 assists in his breakthrough regular season, becoming the first player other than Corey Perry to lead the Ducks in goals since 2010. He had seven goals and six assists in 15 postseason games, including a goal in the overtime victory in Game 4 of the conference finals.
|5/20/2017||Ryan Getzlaf, Anh, C|
|Getzlaf was fined $10,000 on Saturday for apparently using a homophobic slur during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
Analysis: The NHL announced the fine several hours before Game 5 against the Nashville Predators. Getzlaf, the Ducks' leading scorer in the postseason, avoided a suspension. Getzlaf was captured by television cameras appearing to shout the inappropriate remark in frustration with an official after returning to Anaheim's bench during overtime.
|5/20/2017||Clarke MacArthur, Ott, LW|
|MacArthur recorded his third goal of the playoffs in Game 4 against the Penguins on Friday.
Analysis: He has eight points in the playoffs after playing just four regular-season games.
|5/20/2017||Sidney Crosby, Pit, C|
|Crosby had a goal and an assist, Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2.
Analysis: Crosby had only one point as the defending champion Penguins dropped two of the first three, leading to questions about his health following a jarring concussion in the second round.
|5/20/2017||Matt Murray, Pit, G|
|Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2.
Analysis: Coach Mike Sullivan turned to Murray after Marc-Andre Fleury was chased in the first period Wednesday night in the Penguins' 5-1 loss in Game 3. Murray started for the first time in more than six weeks.
|5/19/2017||Joel Ward, SJ, RW|
|Ward underwent surgery on his right shoulder after the season and is expected to be ready for training camp in September, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said on Friday.
Analysis: Ward recorded 10 goals and 19 assists in 78 regular-season games and added one goal and three assists in six contests in a first-round playoff loss to the Oilers.
|5/19/2017||Ryan Johansen, Nsh, C|
|The Predators issued a statement Friday saying Johansen had emergency surgery after sustaining a left thigh injury during Thursday's Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Ducks. The estimated recovery time is two to three months.
Analysis: It's a big loss for Nashville in its quest to win the Stanley Cup as Johansen's 13 points in 14 playoff games were leading the team.
|5/19/2017||John Gibson, Anh, G|
|Gibson made 32 saves in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 on Thursday.
Analysis: Gibson has yielded two goals in each of the last two games after giving up three in six of the previous seven playoff games.
|5/19/2017||Pekka Rinne, Nsh, G|
|Rinne made 34 saves in the 3-2 Game 4 loss in overtime to the Ducks on Thursday.
Analysis: He has a 1.66 goals-against average in the postseason.
|5/19/2017||Rickard Rakell, Anh, C|
|Rakell had a goal in Game 4 on Thursday.
Analysis: He has a point in three straight games.
|5/19/2017||Viktor Arvidsson, Nsh, LW|
|Arvidsson had two assists in Game 4 against the Ducks on Thursday.
Analysis: He has eight for the postseason.
|5/19/2017||Corey Perry, Anh, RW|
|Perry's wrister from the right circle struck Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban and snuck past goalie Pekka Rinne at 10:25 of overtime Thursday, giving Anaheim a 3-2 win and allowing the Ducks to tie the best-of-seven Western Conference finals at 2-2.
Analysis: Perry has scored in back-to-back games.
|5/19/2017||Mike Fisher, Nsh, C|
|Fisher has been practicing and is ready to go for the Stanley Cup Final opener that begins Monday in Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Fisher skated for the first time with his teammates since being injured May 18 late in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. He took a knee from Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson off the right side of his head and hasn't played since.
|5/18/2017||Craig Anderson, Ott, G|
|Anderson turned aside 25 shots Wednesday in a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh to help the Senators take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Analysis: Anderson's shutout bid was spoiled by Sidney Crosby's power-play goal off a deflection in the third period. Anderson has been terrific in this series, allowing one goal in each games while posting a .964 save percentage.
|5/18/2017||Bobby Ryan, Ott, RW|
|Ryan had two assists Wednesday as Ottawa beat Pittsburgh 5-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Analysis: It was the second multipoint effort in three games during this series for Ryan, whose 13 points this postseason trail only Erik Karlsson (14) for the team lead.
|5/18/2017||Mike Hoffman, Ott, LW|
|Hoffman had a goal, an assist and two penalty minutes Wednesday in a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh as the Senators grabbed a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Analysis: They were Hoffman's first points of the series, though he has scored three goals in the Senators' last five playoff games.
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