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Date Player
5/23/2016 Tyler Johnson, TB, C
Johnson gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals by scoring 53 seconds into overtime in Sunday's Game 5.

Analysis: Johnson has a goal in each of the last three games of this series and added an assist on Sunday, giving him seven goals and 10 helpers in 15 games during these playoffs.
5/23/2016 Sidney Crosby, Pit, C
Crosby was shut out again as the Penguins suffered a damaging 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Analysis: The star center had a goal in each of Pittsburgh's two wins in this series and just one assist in its three losses. The Penguins are going to need more from their captain to stave off elimination.
5/23/2016 Nikita Kucherov, TB, RW
Kucherov sparked Sunday's comeback win at Pittsburgh in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals by recording two goals and an assist.

Analysis: The talented wing's second of the night forged a 3-3 tie and he earned an assist on Tyler Johnson's decider in overtime. Kucherov now has a league-leading 11 goals in 15 games this postseason.
5/23/2016 Robby Fabbri, StL, C
Captain David Backes and Fabbri are in the St. Louis Blues lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. Backes and Fabbri were injured in Game 4. Both were cleared to play after the pre-game skate.

Analysis: Backes missed the final two periods with an upper-body injury and Fabbri had just two shifts in the third period of a 6-3 victory that tied the series at 2-2.
5/23/2016 David Backes, StL, C
Backes and rookie Robby Fabbri are in the St. Louis Blues lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. Backes and Fabbri were injured in Game 4. Both were cleared to play after the pre-game skate.

Analysis: Backes missed the final two periods with an upper-body injury and Fabbri had just two shifts in the third period of a 6-3 victory that tied the series at 2-2.
5/22/2016 Matt Murray, Pit, G
Murray has been benched in favor of Marc-Andre Fleury for Sunday's Game 5 of the Penguins' Eastern Conference finals series with Tampa Bay.

Analysis: The 21-year-old rookie played well in place of an injured Fleury to help Pittsburgh advance in the first two rounds, but struggled in Friday's 4-3 loss in Game 4. Murray allowed four goals on 30 shots before being replaced by Fleury to begin the third period.
5/22/2016 Marc-Andre Fleury, Pit, G
Fleury will return to the Penguins' crease for Sunday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Analysis: It will be the veteran's first start since he sustained a concussion against Nashville on March 31. Rookie Matt Murray had been excellent in his place during these playoffs until Friday's Game 4 loss to Tampa Bay, where he was pulled in favor of Fleury after allowing four goals on 30 shots.
5/21/2016 Trevor Daley, Pit, D
The Penguins announced Daley has a broken ankle and will miss the remainder of the postseason.

Analysis: Daley was injured following a collision with Tampa Bay's Ryan Callahan during the second period of Friday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. It's a big loss for the Penguins, as Daley has logged more minutes than any Pittsburgh player except Kris Letang during these playoffs.
5/21/2016 Patric Hornqvist, Pit, RW
Hornqvist played after missing the closing minutes of Game 3, when he was shaken up blocking a shot.

Analysis: He was a minus-2 in 16 minutes Friday.
5/20/2016 Jake Allen, StL, G
Coach Ken Hitchcock said Friday that Allen will get the nod on Saturday against the San Jose Sharks when the Blues try to even the series at two games apiece. Elliott has started all 17 games this postseason for St. Louis.

Analysis: Allen started all six games last postseason for St. Louis when he allowed 2.20 goals per game and posted a .904 save percentage in a first-round loss to Minnesota. Elliott was pulled in the third period of a 3-0 loss in Game 3 on Thursday night after allowing his third goal on 14 shots.
5/20/2016 Joe Pavelski, SJ, C
Pavelski recorded a pair of assists in Thursday's Game 3 win over St. Louis in the Western Conference finals.

Analysis: Pavelski now has 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists) in 15 games this postseason, a big reason why the Sharks stand just two wins away from their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance.
5/20/2016 Joe Thornton, SJ, C
Thornton collected a pair of assists in Thursday's Game 3 win over St. Louis in the Western Conference finals.

Analysis: The 36-year-old was held without a point over the first two games before helping set up Tomas Hertl's two markers in Game 3. Thornton now has 10 points over his last nine games this postseason.
5/20/2016 Tomas Hertl, SJ, LW
Hertl's first two-goal playoff game helped the Sharks down St. Louis in Thursday's Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

Analysis: Hertl had been mostly quiet over the first two rounds, but he's doing some damage on a killer line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski in this series. The 22-year-old now has three goals in three games to help San Jose take a 2-1 lead.
5/20/2016 Martin Jones, SJ, G
Jones registered his second straight shutout Thursday to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead over St. Louis in the Western Conference finals.

Analysis: Jones followed up a 26-save effort in Game 2 by making 22 stops in San Jose's 3-0 Game 3 win. He also posted a shutout in Game 7 of the Sharks' semifinal series with Nashville, giving him three in his past four starts.
5/17/2016 Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB, G
Despite taking the loss, Vasilevskiy played well in place of Ben Bishop in Monday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Analysis: Vasilevskiy allowed two early goals but was sharp thereafter, finishing with 38 saves in Tampa Bay's 3-2 overtime loss to Pittsburgh. Bishop may have a chance to return for Wednesday's Game 3, though Vasilevskiy's performance in the series ensures the Lightning won't have to rush him back.
5/17/2016 Phil Kessel, Pit, RW
Kessel had a key goal to help the Penguins even the Eastern Conference finals with Monday's Game 2 victory over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Kessel extended his postseason point streak to four games, amassing three goals and three assists over that stretch. His six goals during these playoffs are tied for the team lead.
5/17/2016 Jonathan Drouin, TB, LW
Drouin had another goal in Monday's Game 2 loss to Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference finals.

Analysis: The 21-year-old also scored in the Lightning's win in Game 1. Drouin has been a difference-maker for a Tampa Bay team that's needed him to be one this postseason, as he's notched 10 points in his last nine games.
5/17/2016 Sidney Crosby, Pit, C
Crosby ended his goal drought at a most opportune time, scoring 40 seconds into overtime in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Analysis: Crosby had gone eight games since last lighting the lamp in Game 4 of Pittsburgh's opening-round series with the Rangers, though the star center had produced five assists over that stretch.
5/16/2016 Ryan Callahan, TB, RW
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman returned to the lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh, while goaltender Ben Bishop and forward Ryan Callahan are out.

Analysis: Callahan will sit out Monday night while battling the flu. The forward was involved in a controversial boarding call in Game 1 when he hit Kris Letang from behind. Callahan received a major penalty but received no supplemental discipline from the league.
5/16/2016 Justin Kirkland, Nsh, LW
The Nashville Predators have signed left wing Justin Kirkland to a three-year, entry-level contract. The team announced the deal Monday.

Analysis: Kirkland, now 19, was Nashville's fourth draft pick at No. 62 overall in the third round of the 2014 draft. He had 67 points in 69 games in the Western Hockey League at Kelowna this season, and the 6-foot-3 forward has 169 points in 199 career WHL games. The native of Camrose, Alberta, Canada helped Kelowna win the WHL regular-season title and reach the Memorial Cup Final in the 2014-15 season.
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