NHL Recent Player News
|5/14/2013||Alex Ovechkin, LW||Ovechkin knows full well that his playoff failures are adding up.
Analysis: Meeting with reporters Tuesday, a day after Washington's 5-0 home loss to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of a first-round series, the Russian wing says: "Nobody remember losers. Everybody remember only winners." During Ovechkin's career, Washington has won three of nine playoff series and never advanced past the second round.
|5/14/2013||Alex Ovechkin, LW||Ovechkin will join Russia's team at the ice hockey world championships in Finland.
Analysis: It will be Ovechkin's ninth appearance in the tournament. He helped Russia win the gold medal last year and in 2008. He has 26 goals and 18 assists in 55 games. The news that he'll play for Russia comes Tuesday, a day after Ovechkin's Capitals were eliminated in the first round of the NHL playoffs with a 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of their best-of-seven series.
|5/14/2013||Tomas Vokoun, G||The Penguins are sticking with Vokoun for Game 1 in the second round against Ottawa on Tuesday.
Analysis: The 36-year-old Vokoun replaced struggling starter Marc-Andre Fleury and won Games 5 and 6 of Pittsburgh's first-round playoff series with the New York Islanders last week. He stopped 66 of the 69 shots he faced against the Islanders as the Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time in three years.
|5/14/2013||Dennis Seidenberg, D||Seidenberg has an undisclosed injury.
Analysis: His status for the series opener versus New York is unclear.
|5/13/2013||Henrik Lundqvist, G||Lundqvist stopped 27 shots for the New York Rangers, who stayed alive Sunday with a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday that forced a Game 7 in the first-round series.
Analysis: It was the seventh career playoff shutout for the reigning Vezina Trophy winner. He had three in 20 games in 2012.
|5/13/2013||Andrew Ference, D||Ference has been out with an undisclosed injury.
Analysis: It's unclear when he'll return.
|5/12/2013||Jaroslav Halak, G||St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said it was no big deal that he and goalie Jaroslav Halak argued about playing time during the playoffs, calling it an "everyday occurrence." The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Hitchcock and Halak clashed after the goalie was late for a meeting prior to Game 4. Halak didn't play in the playoffs after recovering from a groin injury late in the season.
Analysis: Hitchcock also said Sunday that he didn't anticipate major roster changes after the Blues squandered a 2-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings and lost four in a row against the Los Angeles Kings after taking a 2-0 series lead. Addressing Halak, Hitchcock said he'd have been surprised if the goalie was unhappy about not getting used in the playoffs. Halak is among three goalies under contract next season along with Brian Elliott and rookie Jake Allen.
|5/12/2013||Brooks Orpik, D||Orpik scored 7:49 into overtime, and the Pittsburgh Penguins overcame three one-goal deficits in Game 6 to eliminate the New York Islanders with a 4-3 victory on Saturday night.
Analysis: Orpik had never scored in 77 previous playoff games and didn't have one in the past 106 contests of any kind since he last scored against the Islanders on Nov. 21, 2011. He now has 12 career goals in the NHL.
|5/11/2013||Henrik Zetterberg, C||Zetterberg had his second goal 1:04 into overtime, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 on Friday night to extend their first-round series.
Analysis: Zetterberg also had an assist, giving him five points in the past two games (two goals, three assists). He had one assist in the first four games in the series.
|5/11/2013||Mike Ribeiro, C||Ribeiro scored 9:24 into overtime, and the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 2-1 on Friday night to regain the momentum - and a 3-2 lead - in their first-round playoff series.
Analysis: It was the first game-winning goal in the playoffs for Ribeiro. He has six goals and 21 assists in 47 career postseason games.
|5/10/2013||Ryane Clowe, LW||Clowe hasn't played since April 25 due to an undisclosed injury.
Analysis: It is suspected Clowe has a concussion.
|5/10/2013||Wade Redden, D||Redden will miss Game 5 against Toronto due to an undisclosed injury.
Analysis: It's unclear when Redden will be able to return.
|5/10/2013||Cory Conacher, C||Conacher scored twice on a shaky Peter Budaj as the Ottawa Senators advanced to the second round of the playoffs Thursday night with a 6-1 rout of the Montreal Canadiens. Ottawa took the best-of-seven series 4-1 and put a punctuation mark on its dominance in moving on for the first time since 2007, when the Senators lost in the Stanley Cup finals to the Anaheim Ducks.
Analysis: The rookie center has three goals so far in this postseason. He had 11 goals and 18 assists in a combined 47 games with the Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning. Ottawa acquired him on April 3.
|5/10/2013||Tomas Vokoun, G||Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first playoff start in six years and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 4-0 on Thursday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.
Analysis: Vokoun was thrust into the lineup after Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma benched Marc-Andre Fleury, who had started 79 straight postseason games but struggled in a 6-4 loss in Game 4. The shutout was Vokoun's second in 12 career playoff appearances.
|5/10/2013||Marian Hossa, RW||Hossa had two goals and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 on Thursday night and won their first-round playoff series 4-1.
Analysis: Hossa has three goals and three assists in these playoffs to match his point total from the Blackhawks' previous two playoff appearances. He was limited to three games in last season's opening-round loss to Phoenix after suffering a concussion on a vicious hit from Raffi Torres.
|5/10/2013||Alex Ovechkin, LW||Ovechkin is one of three finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player most valuable to his team.
Analysis: Ovechkin, who tallied 32 goals in 48 games, joins Sidney Crosby and John Tavares as a finalist.
|5/10/2013||John Tavares, C||Tavares is one of three finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player most valuable to his team.
Analysis: Tavares, who finished third in the NHL with 28 goals, is a finalist along with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.
|5/10/2013||Sidney Crosby, C||Crosby is one of three finals for the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the player most valuable to his team.
Analysis: Crosby, who finished fourth in the league with 56 points despite missing 12 games, is a finalist along with Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares.
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