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Date Player
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.
4/30/2016 Anze Kopitar, LA, C
Kopitar, Florida's Aleksander Barkov and Boston's Loui Eriksson are the finalists for Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the NHL player who exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Analysis: Kopitar had 25 goals, 49 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 81 games.
4/30/2016 Loui Eriksson, Bos, RW
Eriksson, Florida's Aleksander Barkov and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar are the finalists for Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the NHL player who exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Analysis: Eriksson had 30 goals, 33 assists and 12 penalty minutes in 82 games.
4/30/2016 Aleksander Barkov, Fla, C
Barkov, Boston's Loui Eriksson and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar are the finalists for Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the NHL player who exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Analysis: Barkov had a career-high 28 goals, 31 assists and 59 points and had only eight penalty minutes in 66 games.
4/29/2016 Matt Murray, Pit, G
Murray stopped 31 shots in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Washington in Game 1 of the teams' second-round series.

Analysis: The rookie had an up-and-down game, though he's been very solid overall filling in for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury. Murray is 3-1-0 with a 1.92 goals-against average in his four playoff starts.
4/29/2016 Evgeni Malkin, Pit, C
Malkin had a goal in Thursday's overtime loss at Washington in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Analysis: That's three in three games for the Russian star, who's registered eight points in five games since returning from an upper-body injury.
4/29/2016 Nick Bonino, Pit, C
Bonino had a goal and an assist in Thursday's overtime loss at Washington in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Analysis: The center was a plus-2 for the game as he continued his strong play this postseason. Bonino has seven points in Pittsburgh's seven playoff games.
4/29/2016 Sidney Crosby, Pit, C
Crosby was held to one shot and was a minus-3 in Thursday's loss to Washington in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Analysis: Crosby racked up eight points as the Penguins easily dispatched the Rangers in five games in the opening round. Though it's unlikely he'll be kept in check in this series, Pittsburgh is going to need a better performance from its captain to advance.
4/29/2016 Braden Holtby, Was, G
Holtby was stout once again in Thursday's Game 1, recording 42 saves to help the Capitals to a 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh in their second-round series.

Analysis: Holtby has followed his terrific regular season with a strong playoff run. He's posted a 1.22 goals-against average and .960 save percentage in seven games this postseason.
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