Kari Lehtonen G DAL 2 Hrs
Kari Lehtonen let in three goals on 19 shots in Dallas' 3-2 loss to Anaheim Friday night.
It was a difficult game for Lehtonen as the Ducks scored some pretty goals. Lehtonen was outplayed by Frederik Andersen and the Stars lost their second straight to Anaheim. The Ducks and the Stars will play their next game on Monday in Dallas and Lehtonen will probably start again then.
Alex Chiasson F DAL 2 Hrs
Alex Chiasson scored a goal in Dallas' 3-2 loss to Anaheim in Game 2 on Friday evening.
Dallas took the lead on Chiasson's power-play goal, his first career playoff goal, at 7:40 of the first period. Dallas coach Lindy Ruff put Chiasson at right wing in place of Valeri Nichushkin on the top line to provide scoring depth. Ryan Garbutt scored the other goal for the Stars.
Frederik Andersen G ANA 2 Hrs
Frederik Andersen stopped 34 of 36 shots in Anaheim's 3-2 win over Dallas Friday evening at Honda Center.
Andersen started again for the Ducks and shined again. The rookie goaltender has been solid in the first two playoff games for the Ducks and he should be starting in Game 3 also on Monday night.
Ryan Getzlaf C ANA 3 Hrs
Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and registered an assist in Anaheim's 3-2 win over Dallas in Game 2 Friday night.
Getzlaf, who welcomed his third child, daughter Willa, early Friday morning, nearly 24 hours after he received numerous stitches for a deep laceration on his face from a Tyler Seguin slap shot in Game 1, was the best player in Game 2. He now has four points in two playoffs game this season. Andrew Cogliano scored a shorthanded goal for the Ducks, while Corey Perry also scored in the win. It was Perry's first playoff goal in three years.
Jimmy Howard G DET 6 Hrs
Jimmy Howard found his mojo on Friday night, kicking aside all 25 Bruins shots to lift Detroit to a 1-0 victory in Game 1.
Howard was fantastic, making clutch saves down the stretch to keep the game tied, while Pavel Datsyuk's late goal gave the Red Wings an unlikely victory. The Red Wings goaltender will need to be better than he was during the regular season in order for Detroit to make a run. Howard was 21-19-11 this season with a .910 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average during the year. Friday night was a good start.
Tuukka Rask G BOS 6 Hrs
Tukka Rask made just one mistake on 24 shots during Game 1, but it proved costly as the Bruins lost 1-0 to Detroit on Friday night.
Rask made several tremendous saves during a back-and-forth series opener that was decided with just 3:01 to go in the third period. The young netminder, who led the NHL in save percentage this season, will look to rebound on Sunday in Game 2.
Pavel Datsyuk C DET 6 Hrs
Pavel Datsyuk's marvellous third period goal was all the Red Wings needed on Friday night, as they held on to beat the heavily favoured Bruins in Game 1 by a score of 1-0.
Datsyuk took a pass from Johan Franzen in the neutral zone, stickhandled his way through multiple Bruins just over the blueline and fired home a deadly wrister past Tukka Rask with just 3:01 to go in the game. The goal gave the Red Wings home ice advantage and a 1-0 series lead against Boston with Game 2 coming on Sunday.
Anders Lindback G TB 7 Hrs
Anders Lindback simply was not good enough on Friday night, allowing three goals on 23 shots before getting pulled during the Bolts' Game 2 loss to Montreal.
Kristers Gudlevskis finished the last nine minutes of the game, allowing a goal on three shots. Lindback has now allowed eight goals in Tampa's two playoff games. Injured starter Ben Bishop took shots from the goalie coach on Friday morning, and the Lightning are hoping he will be back for Sunday's Game 3. The Lightning are now down 2-0 in the series, while Lindback has proven to be a poor option in goal coming off a regular season where he went 8-12-3 with an .891 save percentage.
Teddy Purcell RW TB 7 Hrs
Teddy Purcell scored Tampa Bay's lone goal in Game 2 late in the third period, as the Bolts were stymied by Carey Price and the Habs during a 4-1 loss.
Victor Hedman and Valtteri Filppula earned assists on Purcell's late goal, which came when the game was out of reach. The Lightning were a bit undisciplined, and made some crucial defensive zone gaffes in the loss, which puts them down 2-0 in the series with two games in Montreal coming up. Purcell has an impressive seven goals and 18 points through 20 career playoff games.
Carey Price G MON 7 Hrs
Carey Price's shutout bid was spoiled with under two minutes remaining in Game 2, but the star goaltender still got the all important victory in Friday night's battle with the Lightning.
Price made 26 saves on 27 shots and was much better than he was during Wednesday night's Game 1, where he allowed four goals and made 21 saves in the wild overtime victory. A strong team performance suffocated the Bolts' offense, and put the series momentum squarely in the hands of the Canadiens. Price improves his mediocre career playoff record to 11 wins and 17 losses.