Jeff Petry D MON 15 minutes ago
Petry potted his first goal of the playoffs in Sunday's Game 2 loss to the Lightning.
The goal -- Petry's first career playoff point -- gave the Habs an early lead, but the Bolts stormed back with the next five goals to take a 2-0 series lead. The defenseman went on a six-game point streak toward the end of the regular season, but is not generally a reliable source to fill out the scoresheet.
Nikita Kucherov F TB 17 minutes ago
Kucherov scored two power-play goals, including the game winner, in Sunday's 6-2 win over Montreal. He now has three goals in his last two games and six points (three goals, three assists) in his last four postseason games.
He was wide open in front of the crease when he ripped home the first goal and he redirected a shot into the top corner for the second. The Bolts now return to Florida with a 2-0 series lead.
Carey Price G MON 18 minutes ago
Price allowed six goals on 24 shots in Sunday's Game 2 loss to the Lightning.
Easily the worst outing of the playoffs for Price, as he had mostly carried his brilliant regular season into the postseason to this point. The Bolts have given him fits all season long as he's 0-5-2 with 24 goals allowed in seven starts, but he'll need to figure out it quickly to keep Montreal in the series.
Steven Stamkos C TB 26 minutes ago
Stamkos scored his first goal of the postseason and added two assists in Sunday's 6-2 win over Montreal in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semi-final series.
The monkey is finally off his back. The goal was a beaut -- he deked Carey Price so badly the goalie's jock was left lying in the crease. OK, that's a bit of a stretch, but he did lay out some wicked moves to get it past Price. His two helpers came on the power play where the Bolts actually got four of their goals. The Habs will need to do something to contain Stammer -- he sure looks like he's found his game.
Cedric Paquette C TB 2 hours ago
Paquette suffered an undisclosed injury during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Canadiens, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.
Paquette will not return to the contest, but with Tampa Bay nursing a three-goal lead in the third period, his absence shouldn't make much of a difference. If Paquette can't play in Wednesday's game 3, Jonathan Drouin will likely join the lineup.
Kris Versteeg RW CHI 3 hours ago
Versteeg (lower body) is inactive for Sunday's Game 2 against the Wild, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.
Even if he were healthy, Versteeg wouldn't necessarily be in the lineup. Tuevo Teravainen, who recently took over as the third-line right wing, scored the game-winning goal in Game 1.
Brian Flynn F MON 5 hours ago
Flynn will play Sunday against the Lightnight, the TSN Montreal Bureau reports.
Flynn has recently been a healthy scratch, but he will fill in for teammate David Desharnais, who has come down with the flu. Expect Flynn to return to his bench role when Desharnais becomes healthy.
David Desharnais C MON 5 hours ago
Desharnais will not play in Game 2 Sunday against the Lightning because of flu symptoms, the TSN Montreal Bureau reports.
Without Desharnais, the Canadiens will rely on Brian Flynn to step into his spot. Desharnais got the flu a couple months ago and only missed a few days, so expect him to be questionable going into Game 3 of this series against Tampa Bay.
Andrew Hammond G OTT 6 hours ago
Hammond has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for the 2014-15 season, the Ottawa Citzen reports. The Masterton trophy is awarded to the player who represents sportsmanship, perseverance, and a dedication to hockey. Hammond is now the third Ottawa Senator nominated for an NHL player trophy this year joining teammates Mark Stone and Erik Karlsson.
Hammond's miracle worker performance this year made the obscure goaltender into a household name. The Hamburglar's 14-1-1 regular season run vaulted the Senators into the playoffs, bumping out the perennial favorite Bruins. Hammond's disappearance from the playoffs in Game 3 versus Montreal does not diminish the young goaltender's growth and accomplishments as reinforced by the Masterton nomination. All signs point toward the free agent becoming a number one goalie for either the Senators or a team eager to have a proven workhorse goalie on their roster.
Raphael Diaz D CGY 7 hours ago
Diaz participated in morning skate Sunday, the Calgary Sun reports.
Diaz has not played since April 2nd, but with three consecutive practices under his belt, it looks like his return is near. While he won't necessarily be ready to go for Sunday night's game, it would be a surprise if he did not participate in this series.