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Date Player
5/2/2016 Joe Thornton, SJ, C
Thornton delivered during the third period of Sunday's victory over Nashville in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Analysis: Thornton's empty-net goal in the final minute proved to be crucial to the Sharks' 3-2 win, as the Predators scored with four seconds left. The veteran also helped set up Joe Pavelski's score that snapped a 1-all tie with 2:40 left.
5/2/2016 Logan Couture, SJ, C
Couture recorded a goal and an assist in Sunday's win over Nashville in Game 2 of the Western Conference second round.

Analysis: He's been on a tear during these playoffs, racking up eight points over San Jose's last four games and 10 in seven overall contests. Couture had two goals in the Sharks' Game 1 win and three assists in the team's opening-round clincher against Los Angeles.
5/2/2016 Martin Jones, SJ, G
Jones was sharp again in Sunday's Game 2, stopping 37 shots to help the Sharks to a 3-2 win over Nashville and claim a 2-0 lead in this Western Conference semifinal.

Analysis: Jones has been up to the task in his first postseason as a starter, posting a 2.13 goals-against average and .923 save percentage and winning six of seven games.
5/2/2016 Joe Pavelski, SJ, C
Pavelski rose to the occasion Sunday, scoring a go-ahead goal with 2:40 remaining and adding two assists to help the Sharks take a 2-0 lead in their second-round series with Nashville.

Analysis: The San Jose captain is a big reason why the Sharks are two games away from a surprise conference finals appearance, as he's amassed a team-high six goals and four assists this postseason.
5/2/2016 Jamie Benn, Dal, LW
Benn came through with a goal and an assist in Dallas' Game 2 loss to St. Louis in the Western Conference second round.

Analysis: Benn's goal with 2:36 remaining in regulation forced overtime in the eventual 4-3 loss and was a good sign after the prolific scorer was held without a point in Game 1.
5/2/2016 Cody Eakin, Dal, C
Eakin assisted on all three Dallas goals in Sunday's overtime loss to St. Louis in Game 2 of the Western Conference second round.

Analysis: Eakin now has seven assists - though no goals - in eight games this postseason while taking on an increased offensive role due to Tyler Seguin's injury.
5/2/2016 Antti Niemi, Dal, G
Niemi was strong in a relief effort in Sunday's Game 2, stopping 19 of 20 shots in the Stars' 4-3 overtime loss to St. Louis in the Western Conference second round.

Analysis: Expect Niemi to get the call in Tuesday's Game 3 after he clearly outplayed Kari Lehtonen and helped the Stars rally from a 3-1 deficit to force overtime.
5/2/2016 Kari Lehtonen, Dal, G
Lehtonen was pulled after one period in Sunday's Game 2 after allowing three St. Louis goals on five shots.

Analysis: Lehtonen played very well in the Stars' Game 1 victory but will likely head to the bench for Game 3, as Antti Niemi was solid in relief. There's a chance he'll get another opportunity down the road, as neither goalie has been consistent enough to claim a firm hold on the job.
5/2/2016 Kevin Shattenkirk, StL, D
Shattenkirk had two assists - including one on David Backes' overtime goal - to help St. Louis even its second-round series with Dallas with Sunday's 4-3 win.

Analysis: The defenseman had a goal in Game 1 and now has seven points in nine games this postseason, tied for the most among Blues players.
5/2/2016 Robby Fabbri, StL, C
Fabbri contributed a pair of assists to Sunday's overtime victory over Dallas in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Analysis: The rookie's seven points in nine games this postseason is tied for the team lead.
5/2/2016 David Backes, StL, C
Backes drew the Blues even in their second-round series with Dallas by scoring in overtime in Sunday's 4-3 Game 2 win.

Analysis: The St. Louis captain also had an assist on the team's first goal. Backes is having a solid postseason, recording three goals and three assists in nine games.
5/2/2016 Antti Raanta, NYR, G
The Rangers have re-signed Raanta to an undisclosed contract.

Analysis: Raanta, who was slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, went 11-6-2 with a 2.24 goals-against average in 25 games as Henrik Lundqvist's backup this past season. He allowed two goals or less in 13 of his 18 starts.
5/1/2016 Brooks Orpik, Was, D
Orpik was suspended three games for his late hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta. Orpik will miss Game 3 Monday, Game 4 Wednesday and Game 5 Saturday. He'd be eligible to return if the series gets to Game 6 on May 10.

Analysis: Orpik hit Maatta in the head after the puck was gone four minutes into Game 2 Saturday and was given a two-minute minor penalty for interference. After a hearing with the NHL's department of player safety, the punishment was far more severe.
5/1/2016 Tyler Johnson, TB, C
Johnson had two goals and one assist Saturday.

Analysis: Johnson and the Bolts go to Brooklyn for Game 3 with the series tied.
5/1/2016 Mats Zuccarello, NYR, RW
Zuccarello, Florida's Jaromir Jagr and Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis are the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Analysis: The winner will be announced June 22 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Zuccarello had 26 goals and 35 assists.
5/1/2016 Pascal Dupuis, Pit, LW
Dupuis, Florida's Jaromir Jagr and the New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello are the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner will be announced June 22 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Analysis: Dupuis rejoined the Penguins after nearly a year of rehabilitation, training, medical testing and monitoring in caring for multiple injuries and blood clot concerns. He appeared in 18 games before a pair of medical scares convinced him to retire.
5/1/2016 Jaromir Jagr, Fla, RW
Jagr, Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis and the New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello are the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner will be announced June 22 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Analysis: The 44-year-old Jagr had 27 goals and 39 assists to become the oldest player in NHL history to surpass the 60-point plateau.
5/1/2016 Olli Maatta, Pit, D
Maatta has an upper-body injury.

Analysis: Maatta's status for Monday night is uncertain.
5/1/2016 Matthew Carle, TB, D
Carle sat out with an undisclosed injury Saturday.

Analysis: His status going forward is uncertain.
4/30/2016 Patrick Eaves, Dal, RW
Eaves missed Game 2 of Dallas' series with St. Louis because of a leg injury.

Analysis: His status going forward is uncertain.
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