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Leopold dresses as Blues 6th d-man 04-18-2014
Jordan Leopold D STL
Even though he played in only three of the Blues' last 25 games of the regular season, Jordan Leopold dressed as St. Louis' sixth defenseman in Game 1 against the Blackhawks Thursday night.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Leopold was injured for much of the season but appears fine right now and will play ahead of both Carlo Colaiacovo and Ian Cole for the time being.
Ott plays on top line with Steen and Backes 04-18-2014
Steve Ott C STL
With T.J. Oshie out, St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock started Steve Ott on the top line with David Backes and Alex Steen.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It seemed to work out fine as the Blues defeated the Hawks in overtime and the Backes line was very effective. Look for Ott to continue to play alongside Backes and Steen until Oshie returns.
Frederik Andersen expected to start in Game 2 04-18-2014
Frederik Andersen G ANA
Frederik Andersen is projected to play between the pipes again on Friday.

Eric Stephens on Twitter
Andersen stopped 32 of 35 shots in Anaheim's 4-3 victory over Dallas in their playoff opener on Wednesday. Obviously, the fact that they're sticking with Andersen doesn't bode well for Jonas Hiller, who might not be offered a contract extension before his current deal runs out this summer.
T.J. Oshie (upper body) is on the ice Friday 04-18-2014
T.J. Oshie C STL
T.J. Oshie is skating Friday morning with a few players who did not play Thursday night against Chicago.

Lou Korac Twitter
He has been skating on his own this week as he awaits clearance to participate in contact practices. At least Oshie seems to be getting closer to a return. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Berglund skating Friday morning 04-18-2014
Patrik Berglund C STL
Patrick Berglund (upper-body injury) is skating Friday morning.

Lou Korac Twitter
Of course that doesn't mean he will play Saturday in Game 2 against Chicago, but it is a good sign. Consider Berglund day-to-day for now and check back with Saturday as to whether he will suit up in Game 2.
Josi to play for Switzerland at IIHF tourney 04-18-2014
Roman Josi D NAS
Roman Josi is one of four Predators to be selected thus far to participate in the IIHF Championships in Belarus.

Predators.com
Josi will play for Switzerland, while Ryan Ellis will play for Canada. Seth Jones and Craig Smith will don the Red, White and Blue of the U.S. Several teams including Sweden and Finland have yet to make any roster announcements.
Steve Mason practices, might play Sunday 04-18-2014
Steve Mason G PHI
Steve Mason (upper body) took part in Friday's practice.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
"It's my first time on the ice in a couple days, and it's a good step," Mason said."I felt good." He faced shots during the morning skate and might be ready to return on Sunday. He missed the Flyers' final regular season game and playoff opener.
Bryzgalov set to redeem himself Saturday 04-18-2014
Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN
Ilya Bryzgalov will get a chance to redeem himself Saturday night in Game 2 of the opening round of the playoffs. Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 31 shots in the overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night, a couple of which should have been stopped. As the Wild have no other healthy choice to start in goal, Bryzgalov will get a chance to show the Wild made a good choice to acquire him in a late trade this season.
Colton Sceviour OK for Game 2 04-18-2014
Colton Sceviour RW DAL
Colton Sceviour will be able to play in Game 2 against the Ducks Friday night.

Stars.com
He slammed face first into the boards in Game 1 and there was some concern that he had seriously injured himself but he did play in the third period Wednesday. Even though he didn't skate Thursday, it seems Sceviour is good to go for Friday's contest.
Dillon won't play Friday 04-18-2014
Brenden Dillon D DAL
Brenden Dillon will not play Friday in Game 2 against Anaheim.

Stars Inside Edge
He is still not skating due to a lower-body injury sustained a week ago. Consider Dillon day-to-day for now.
Nick Foligno is now a possibility Saturday 04-18-2014
Nick Foligno LW CLB
Nick Foligno (knee) looked good in Friday's practice.

Bluejackets.nhl.com
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards was "excited" by how well Foligno performed. He was previously ruled out for Game 2 on Saturday, but it looks like he might play after all.
Barrie registers two assists in 5-4 OT win 04-18-2014
Tyson Barrie D COL
Tyson Barrie continues to impress with his play as he registrered two assists in Colorado's 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs. Barrie was in Av coach Patrick Roy's doghouse to start the season and was sent to the AHL to find his game. Barrie returned to the NHL with confidence and registered 38 points in 64 games and anchored the Colorado power play. That production translates to a 47-point full season and makes Barrie a top-20 rearguard for the 2014-15 campaign.
Brian Gibbons skates on Pittsburgh's top line 04-18-2014
Brian Gibbons LW PIT
Brian Gibbons practiced on the Penguins' first line on Friday.

Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
Pittsburgh moved Gibbons to the top line with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby during Wednesday's game and it looks like they're sticking with that adjustment. This is a big opportunity for the 26-year-old rookie forward, who had five goals and 17 points in 41 games in 2013-14.
E. Johnson saves game for Avs Thursday night 04-18-2014
Erik Johnson D COL
If it wasn't for an unbelievable insipirational play by Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson the Avalanche would be down one game to the Wild. With time winding down in Thursday's opening game of the playoffs between the Avs and the Wild and with Minnesota leading 4-3 and the Colorado net empty for an extra attacker, Johnson raced back and swatted the puck out of the crease and then crashed into the goalpost saving a sure empty-net goal. The play rallied his teammates, and specifically Paul Stastny, who scored the tying and then the winning goal in overtime.
Keith playsamazing 40:59 in triple OT game 04-18-2014
Duncan Keith D CHI
Duncan Keith was on the ice for an unbelievable 40:59 Thursday night. That's understandable if you are the best defenseman on a team that has just participated in a triple overtime. If this series produces many more close games that go into extra time like Game 1, players like Keith and Alex Pietrangelo will be all worn out by the end of the first round.
Columbus will get R.J. Umberger back Saturday 04-18-2014
R.J. Umberger LW CLB
R.J. Umberger (upper body) will be available for Game 2 on Saturday.

Bluejackets.nhl.com on Twitter
Umberger missed the Blue Jackets' playoff opener due to the injury. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests in 2013-14.
Toews looks just fine after return from UBI 04-18-2014
Jonathan Toews C CHI
Jonathan Toews didn't have any trouble in his return to action Thursday night after missing the Blackhawks' last six games due to an upper-body injury.

Chicago Sun-Times
He was very effective in 32:37 of game action taking four shots on goal, registering two assists, one of which came as a result of a beautiful stretch pass that hit Patrick Kane in full stride leading to a gorgeous goal. Toews should be active in all playoff pools regardless of format.
Kane looks good in loss to Blues 04-18-2014
Patrick Kane RW CHI
Patrick Kane looked great in his return from a knee injury Thursday night against the Blues.

Chicago Sun-Times
He was flying all over the ice in his first game since mid-March taking a team-high six shots on goal and scoring a highlight reel goal in the 28:31 of ice time he received. Needless to say Kane is safe to activate.
Kardi named to Team Canada for IIHF tourney 04-18-2014
Nazem Kadri C TOR
Nazem Kadri was named to Team Canada for the upcoming IIHF Championships scheduled to begin on May 9th in Belarus.

James Mirtle Twitter
He will be joined on the squad by teammates Morgan Rielly and James Reimer. Kadri had an inconsistent season but still set career highs in goals and points with 20 and 50 respectively. Reilly is a promising defenseman who just scratched the surface of his vast talent this season. We all know about the trials Reimer had in 2013-14.
Bolts rely on Lindback in first round 04-18-2014
Anders Lindback G TB
With Ben Bishop (left elbow) not expected to be healthy anytime soon, the Lightning will have to rely on Anders Lindback to defeat Montreal.

Tampa Tribune
The Bolts' backup did a very good job Wednesday night keeping his team in the game by kicking out 39 of 44 shots, but he is going to have to do better if the Lightning hope to get by the Canadiens in the first round.
Killorn to play with Stamkos and Johnson 04-18-2014
Alex Killorn C TB
Look for Alex Killorn to take the place of the injured Ondrej Palat on Tampa's top line alongside Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson.

Tampa Tribune
He has had success alongside Stamkos (who hasn't) and practised on Thursday on the number one unit. If you have daily transactions in your playoff pool, be sure to pick up Killorn for Friday night's contest.
Palat not expected to play Friday v Habs 04-18-2014
Ondrej Palat LW TB
Ondrej Palat is not expected to play Friday night against Montreal in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs.

Chris Johnston Twitter
He sustained an upper-body inury after being checked by Andrei Markov in Game 1 Wednesday and should be considered day-to-day.
Kyle Turris named to Team Canada 04-18-2014
Kyle Turris C OTT
Kyle Turris will play for Canada at the upcoming IIHF Hockey Championships in Belarus.

Wayne Scanlan Twitter
He will be joined by Ottawa teammate Marc Methot for the tourney that starts May 9th. Turris had a very nice season with 26 goals and 58 points and established himself as a bona fide number two center in the NHL.
Vanek-Desharnais-Pac line dominant 04-18-2014
Thomas Vanek LW MON
The line of Thomas Vanek, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty was dominant in Game 1 against Tampa.

Montreal Gazette
This unit combined to take an impressive 17 shots on goal in the 5-4 overtime win Wednesday night and were responsible for the overtime winner scored by Vanek. If the Lighting hope to tie the series Friday, they are going to have to find a way to slow down the Vanek-Desharnais-Pacioretty line.
Price aims for better game Friday 04-18-2014
Carey Price G MON
Carey Price expects that he and his team will play better Friday than they did in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win in Game 1.

Montreal Gazette
The team played a shaky defensive game in front of Price and the Habs' goalie also was not at his best, although he did stop all nine shots he faced in the overtime. "We had some breakdowns and we're going to work to correct that," said Montreal coach Michel Therrien. Look for Game 2 to be a much tighter defensive game.
Moen practices but won't play Friday 04-18-2014
Travis Moen LW MON
Travis Moen practised with his Canadien teammates for the second day in a row Thursday but won't play Friday against Tampa in Game 2.

John Lu Twitter
He is still working his way back from a concussion and needs a little more time on ice before he is cleared to play.
Raffi Torres nets fourth career playoff GWG 04-18-2014
Raffi Torres LW SJ
Raffi Torres accounted for the game-winner in San Jose's 6-3 victory over Los Angeles in Game 1 of the first round.

CSN Bay Area
Torres has 10 goals in 62 career playoff games and remarkably four of them have been game-winners. He also had a team-high seven hits in the Sharks' playoff opener.
Sheppard earns first multi-point playoff game 04-18-2014
James Sheppard C SJ
James Sheppard recorded two assists in San Jose's 6-3 win against Los Angeles in Game 1.

CSN Bay Area
It was Sheppard's first career multi-point playoff game. He had four goals and 20 points in 67 contests in the regular season.
Shore to play for U.S.A at IIHF Championships 04-18-2014
Drew Shore C FLA
Drew Shore is one of five Florida Panthers who will compete in next month's IIHF World Hockey Championships in Belarus.

Alain Poupart Twitter
Shore along with Vincent Trocheck, and Jimmy Hayes will play for the United States, while Erik Gudbranson and Jonathan Huberdeau will play for Canada. Not too shabby for a team that was as awful as the Panthers were this past season.
Brent Burns gets two points vs. LAK 04-18-2014
Brent Burns D SJ
Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 6-3 victory on Thursday.

CSN Bay Area
Burns' efforts helped San Jose claim a 1-0 lead on Los Angeles in the first round series. He had 22 goals and 48 points in 69 games this season.
Ericsson likely out until second round 04-18-2014
Jonathan Ericsson D DET
it is unlikely that Jonathan Ericsson will be able to play in the first round of the playoffs.

Ted Kuflan Twitter
He is still recovering from a broken finger and is aiming for the second round. The fact that the Red Wings are playing the President Trophy winning Bruins makes Ericsson's chances of playing in the post-season remote.
Martin Hanzal has been plagued by injuries 04-18-2014
Martin Hanzal C PHO
Injuries have limited Martin Hanzal over the last four campaigns.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
Hanzal hasn't played in more than 65 games in a single season over that stretch. "He's a good player when he's a hard, heavy player," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "That's who he has to be. If he doesn't play that way, he's not nearly as effective a player. We expect him to play hard, committed all the time. You just hope that the injury factor doesn't come into play." At this point though, you have to assume that injuries will be a factor when evaluating his potential for the 2014-15 campaign.
Wayne Simmonds defends Ray Emery 04-18-2014
Ray Emery G PHI
Wayne Simmonds defended teammate Ray Emery's play in Philadelphia's 4-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of the first round.

CSN Philadelphia
Emery was playing between the pipes because Steve Mason was unavailable due to an upper-body injury. Emery ended up stopping 32 of 36 shots. "Ray played unbelievable," Simmonds said. "He make the saves when he needed to. He made big saves. They had a four-minute power play there where they kind of stretched us out. They got two goals. I don't think he really had a chance on those. They were crossing passes. He played awesome for us. He played unreal."
Helm's speed could give Bruins fits 04-18-2014
Darren Helm C DET
Third-line center Darren Helm's speed could be a problem for the Bruins.

Michigan Live
In fact, the Wings are a generally fast team from top to bottom which may pose some problems for a bigger but slower Bruins' squad. Helm is one of the fastest skaters in the NHL and he will lineup alongside veteran Daniel Alfredsson and Tomas Jurco on Detroit's third unit. If pitted against the Bruins' third line, Helm could make some noise this playoffs.
Flyers get least SOG in playoff game since 08 04-18-2014
Craig Berube RW CAL
The Philadelphia Flyers fell apart in the third period of Game 1 of the first round.

CSN Philadelphia
Not to suggest that Philadelphia was having a good game before that, despite the fact they were tied 1-1 with the New York Rangers through 40 minutes. However, the Flyers got into some penalty trouble and the Rangers took over, out shooting the Flyers 13-1 in the final frame. Overall, Philadelphia managed just 15 shots on goal, which is their lowest total in a playoff game since 2008.
Derek Stepan scores PPG in playoff opener 04-18-2014
Derek Stepan C NYR
Derek Stepan scored a goal in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of the first round.

The Bergen Record
Stepan netted the goal when the Rangers had the man advantage. He had 17 goals and 57 points in 82 contests in 2013-14.
Howard hoping to steal series for Wings 04-18-2014
Jimmy Howard G DET
A key to the Bruins-Red Wings series will be how well Jimmy Howard will be able to hold Boston's talented group of forwards off the scoresheet.

Detroit Free Press
He did a legitimate job during the regular season as Detroit defeated Boston three times but the playoffs is an entirely different matter. For his part, Howard beleives an upset over the Bruins is possible. "For the last couple of years we have sort of played the underdog role," Howard said. "It's no big deal. It's sort of fun. It's a change, that's for sure. But this team can be very dangerous because of the young legs. They use their speed to an advantage out there". Howard will have to be at his finest if the Wings hope to advance past the Bruins.
Mats Zuccarello nets a goal vs. Philadelphia 04-18-2014
Mats Zuccarello Aasen RW NYR
Mats Zuccarello found the back of the net in the Rangers' playoff opener.

The Bergen Record
Zuccarello was the Rangers' scoring leader in the regular season with 59 points in 77 games. He has two goals and eight points in 14 career playoff contests.
Martin St. Louis gets two assists in Game 1 04-18-2014
Martin St. Louis RW NYR
Martin St. Louis had two assists in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of the first round.

The Bergen Record
St. Louis got off to a slow start with the Rangers after being acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning, but if he shines in the playoffs then that will be forgotten. With those two assists, St. Louis now has 70 points in 64 career postseason games.
Brad Richards bounces back from 2013 playoffs 04-18-2014
Brad Richards C NYR
Brad Richards' three-point game in the Rangers' playoff opener was particularly special given how little he played in the 2013 postseason.

The Bergen Record
Former Rangers coach John Tortorella moved Richards to the fourth line and eventually removed him from the lineup entirely. Tortorella ended up getting fired and Richards already has more points in the 2014 playoffs than he had in the Rangers' entire 2013 playoff run.
Franzen key to Wings' chances 04-18-2014
Johan Franzen RW DET
If Detroit is to have any chance of knocking off the heavily favored Boston Bruins, Johan Franzen will have to score as he has in past playoff series.

Detroit Free Press
Franzen is one of the NHL's top post-season performers. He as scored 31 goals and registered 59 points in 51 career playoff games. The Wings are going to need that type of production and a whole lot more from others if they are to get by the big, bad Bruins.
Ryan McDonagh works through rust in Game 1 04-18-2014
Ryan McDonagh D NYR
Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) admitted to feeling rusty early in the Rangers' playoff opener.

The Bergen Record
McDonagh missed the Rangers' last five regular season games due to the ailment. "I just didn't quite feel myself," said McDonagh. "I wasn't feeling the puck or my legs as much. As we went into the second, I just calmed myself down and really just tried to keep it simple and took what was given and felt like myself the rest of the game." He ended up leading the team with 22:42 minutes of playing time.
Jeff Carter picks up an assist Thursday 04-18-2014
Jeff Carter C LA
Jeff Carter had an assist in a 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 1 of the first round.

LAKingsInsider.com
Carter is on a five-game playoff point streak that dates back to 2013. He scored 27 goals and recorded 23 assists in 72 contests in 2013-14.
Jake Muzzin nets his first postseason goal 04-18-2014
Jake Muzzin D LA
Jake Muzzin netted a goal in the Kings' 6-3 defeat to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

LAKingsInsider.com
It was Muzzin's first career playoff goal in 18 games. He had five goals and 24 points in 76 contests this season.
Datsyuk to start with Abdelkader on line 04-18-2014
Pavel Datsyuk LW DET
The Red Wing coach Mike Babcock will be very active in mixing up his lines but it seems likely that Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdekkader will play on the same unit against Boston.

Detroit News
The question will be whether Johan Franzen or Gustav Nyquist will be the third member of the unit. Nyquist has enjoyed success alongside Datsyuk but has also been effective on a kid's line with Riley Sheehan and Tomas Tatar. No matter how the Wings line up, Datsyuk, Franzen, Nyquist and Daniel Alfredsson should be the first four Detroit forwards called out in playoff pools.
Trevor Lewis scores goal in playoff opener 04-18-2014
Trevor Lewis C LA
Trevor Lewis scored a goal in the Kings' 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 1 on Wednesday.

LAKingsInsider.com
Lewis inked a two-year, $3.05 million contract extension just before the playoffs started. He had six goals and 11 points in 73 regular season games.
Kings unusually sloppy in Game 1 04-18-2014
Dustin Brown RW LA
The Los Angeles Kings were uncharacteristically sloppy in Thursday's 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 1 of the first round.

Los Angeles Daily News
"Sloppy play, turnovers, bad (line) changes, odd-man rushes," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "We gave up more odd-man rushes in the first period than we've had in the last ..." A reporter at that point offered month as the answer and Brown agreed. The Kings got to the playoffs by being one of the best defensive teams in the league and they aren't likely to win high-scoring games against a team like San Jose.
Sergei Bobrovsky isn't satisfied after Game 1 04-18-2014
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLB
Sergei Bobrovsky wasn't happy with his performance in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Columbus Dispatch
Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 32 shots in Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory. "I have to be better," Bobrovsky said. "Four goals is a lot, but it's already past me." It was Bobrovsky's first playoff game since 2012 when he was still a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He has a 4.04 GAA and .855 save percentage in eight career playoff games.
Ducks can breathe a sigh of relief 04-18-2014
Ryan Getzlaf C ANA
The Anaheim Ducks were naturally relived when X-rays taken on Ryan Getzlaf's face came back negative.

Orange County Register
Getzlaf was struck by the puck late in Wednesday's game, but will be able to play on Friday. "It's your leader," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Your captain. When Sidney Crosby went down with his broken jaw, I'm sure all the Penguins were going, 'Oh, my goodness.' We got lucky in that one. And hopefully it doesn't happen again." Getzlaf had 31 goals and 87 points in 77 games in 2013-14.
Myers to play for Canada in World tourney 04-18-2014
Tyler Myers D BUF
Tyler Myers is one of four Buffalo Sabres who will participate in the World Hockey Championships scheduled to start on May 9th in Belarus.

WGR550.com
Myers, along with Cody Hodgson will play for Canada, while Jake McCabe will play for the U.S. Jhonas Enroth is hoping to be healthy enough to play for Sweden. A fifth Sabre, goalie Michal Neuvirth, could suit up for the Czech Republic if he recovers from a hip injury in sufficient time.
Rask key to Bruins playoff fortunes 04-18-2014
Tuukka Rask G BOS
Tuukka Rask is a key to the Bruins' playoff fortunes.

Boston Herald
He will of course start in goal Friday against the Red Wings and he has been selected by many Las Vegas oddsmakers as the favourite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the NHL playoffs. If you are looking to draft a goalie in your playoff pool, we can't think of a better one than Rask.
ReillSmith plays in 1st playoff game Friday 04-18-2014
Reilly Smith RW BOS
Reilly Smith will play in his first NHL playoff game Friday against Detroit.

Boston Herald
Smith was a nice surprise this season. As the player added into the Tyler Seguin-Loui Eriksson deal, Smith exceeded all expectations with 50 points. Boston coach Claude Julien is a big fan of Smith and believes he will have no trouble adapting to NHL playoff hockey. "I don't think that he gets overly excited to a point where it effects him", Julien said. "He's pretty even keeled. Like I said before, if there's anything, he has a tendency to get hard on himself and he demands and expects a lot, but I don't think this is going to be an issue for him". Smith may make a nice late round selection in playoff pools this post-season as he plays on a line with playoff wizard Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
Kevan Miller good to go Friday 04-18-2014
Kevan Miller D BOS
Kevan Miller should be able to suit up for Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs on Friday against Detroit.

Boston Herald
He missed two games of practice this week due to the flu but was able to participate in the team's workouts on Thursday and looks good to go. Although the Bruins are epxected to go deep into the playoffs, we do not anticipate Miller being a key offensive contributor.
Bartkowski has flu may not play Friday 04-18-2014
Matt Bartkowski D BOS
Matt Bartkowski is listed as questionable for Friday's opening game of the playoffs against the Red Wings.

Boston Herald
He is battling the flu and did not practice this week. If Bartkowski can't go, Andrej Meszaros will dress in his place.
Paille doubtful for Friday's game v Detroit 04-18-2014
Dan Paille LW BOS
Daniel Paille did not practice this week and is unlikely to play Friday in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs against Detroit.

Boston Herald
He is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Jordan Caron skated in Paille's place on the Bruins' fourth line during scrimmages Thursday and will likely take his place in Friday's contest against the Red Wings. Consider Paille day-to-day until further notice.
Chris Kelly likely out for Game 1 Friday 04-18-2014
Chris Kelly C BOS
Chris Kelly will likely be out of the Boston lineup for Friday's opening game of the playoffs.

Boston Herald
He is still nursing a back injury that prevented him from practicing Thursday. Justin Florek skated for Kelly on the Bruins' third line during practice on Thursday and may suit up in his place Friday against Detroit. Consider Kelly day-to-day for now.
Quick awful in loss 04-18-2014
Jonathan Quick G LA
Jonathan Quick let in five goals on only 28 shots in Los Angeles' 6-3 loss to San Jose Thursday night. Quick was pulled off after the second period and Martin Jones replaced him. Jones stopped all four shots he faced in the third period. The Kings and the Sharks will play again on Sunday night and suddenly it is not so clear that Quick will start again then.
Voynov scores in loss 04-18-2014
Viatcheslav Voynov D LA
Slava Voynov scored a goal in Los Angeles' 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Thursday night. Voynov cut the lead to 5-2 at 6:55 when he knocked down a clearing attempt by Antti Niemi and shrugged off a check from James Sheppard before snapping in a shot from the right circle. Voynov is now on a five-game point streak with two goals and four assists in those games. Defenseman Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings.
Niemi solid in Sharks win 04-18-2014
Antti Niemi G SJ
Antti Niemi turned aside 31 of 34 shots in San Jose's 6-3 win over Los Angeles Thursday night. Niemi was perfect in the first two periods, but in the third period he allowed three goals. Niemi ended his regular season with a 39-17-7 record and he will be the number one goalie for the Sharks in the playoffs.
Hertl scores as the Sharks beat the Kings 04-18-2014
Tomas Hertl C SJ
Tomas Hertl scored a goal and registered an assist in San Jose's 6-3 win over Los Angeles in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Thursday night. Hertl, who missed most of the regular season wiht his knee injury, played a solid game and scored his first playoff goal ever. Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic both had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, while James Sheppard added two helpers in the win. Patrick Marleau, Raffi Torres and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks.
Bryzgalov not sharp in loss 04-18-2014
Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN
Ilya Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 31 shots in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night. Bryzgalov allowed five goals in his last game of the regular season and he struggled again. He let in a couple of soft goals and we'll have to wait and see, if Bryzgalov will start the next game for the Wild on Saturday night.
Suter scores in loss 04-18-2014
Ryan Suter D MIN
Ryan Suter scored a goal in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime loss to Colorado Thursday night in Game 1 of their first round playoff series. Wild defenseman Suter broke a 1-1 tie at 11:05 of the second period on a power-play goal when he moved in from the blue line and put a screen shot past Semyon Varlamov, but it wasn't enough for the Wild. Suter logged 31:11 of ice time in the match, which was more than anyone else in the game. Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula and Kyle Brodziak also scored for the Wild, while Zach Parise added two helpers in the loss.
Varlamov and Avalanche win 04-18-2014
Semyon Varlamov G COL
Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 of 33 shots in Colorado's 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota Thursday night at Pepsi Center. Varlamov finished the regular season with 41 wins and he should be one of the candidates to win the Vezina trophy. His first playoff game with the Avalanche wasn't his best performance of the season, but he will be between the pipes again on Saturday.
Stastny lifts Avalanche to win vs. Wild 04-18-2014
Paul Stastny C COL
Paul Stastny scored at 7:27 of overtime Thursday to give the Colorado Avalanche a 5-4 come-from-behind win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series. The Avalanche sent the game to overtime when Stastny scored with 13.4 seconds to play in regulation during a 6-on-5 skating situation. Stastny also registered an assist in the win. Jamie McGinn and Ryan O'Reilly both had a goal and an assist, while Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon assisted three goals, while defenseman Tyson Barrie added two helpers in the victory.
Brent Seabrok plays well despite loss 04-18-2014
Brent Seabrook D CHI
Brent Seabrook registered a goal and an assist for Chicago, but ended up on the losing end as the Blackhawks dropped a 4-3 decision in triple-overtime to St. Louis Thursday. Seabrook's performance was quite something, but it wasn't enough to allow Chicago to avoid dropping Game 1 of their first round playoff series in heartbreaking fashion. Johnny Oduya and Patrick Kane also found the back of the net for the Blackhawks in the loss.
Corey Crawford suffers tough luck in loss 04-18-2014
Corey Crawford G CHI
Corey Crawford was the hard luck loser for Chicago in Thursday's 4-3 triple-overtime loss to the Blues. Crawford performed admirably in the defeat as he turned aside 47 of the 51 shots he faced in just over five periods of hockey. He may not have come away with a win in this scenario, but he has proven the ability to step up when it counts in the past.
Ryan Miller stands tall in OT win over Hawks 04-18-2014
Ryan Miller G STL
Ryan Miller was excellent in goal for the Blues Thursday night as they outlasted Chicago to earn a 4-3 triple-overtime win in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series. Miller allowed three goals on 42 shots in the victory, during which he played over 100 grueling minutes. Given how well he performed in this playoff opener, the Blues are certainly happy to have acquired him when they did.
Alex Steen ends marathon OT to lift Blues 04-18-2014
Alexander Steen C STL
Alexander Steen's goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period gave the Blues a 4-3 win over Chicago in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Thursday night. Steen knocked a nifty little pass from Steve Ott into the back of the net soon after the third extra frame began and sent the Blues fans home happy. Adam Cracknell, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz also scored for St. Louis in the thrilling victory. If the rest of the series is as exciting as this game, it could lead to widespread heart attacks for fans of both teams.