Pekka Rinne G NAS 13 minutes ago
Rinne gave up four goals on 32 shots in Saturday's series-ending Game 6 loss to the Blackhawks.
Not the best postseason for Rinne, who finished with a .909 save percentage and 2.68 GAA. While the Blackhawks switched between Scott Darling and Corey Crawford in Round 1, they still managed to be good enough to get past Rinne and the Preds. The 32-year-old netminder, who notched a whopping 41 wins in the regular season, gave up four goals on three separate occasions in the playoffs and couldn't shut down the Blackhawks' potent offensive attack. While it wasn't the best playoff run for Rinne, his remarkable regular season indicates he'll be in for another great year in 2015-16.
Ben Bishop G TB 2 hours ago
Bishop made 26 saves in Tampa Bay's 4-0 loss to Detroit on Saturday. He allowed three goals.
Two of the goals he allowed came on the power play. But then again, his teammates have been held without a goal in eight of the last nine regulation periods. Big Ben can't do everything for them. Game 6 is Monday night in Detroit and elimination looms unless something gives.
Steven Stamkos C TB 3 hours ago
Stamkos' postseason struggles continued Saturday. He had just two shots in a 4-0 loss and has just one assist in five games.
He's been largely tied in knots by the Wings' Pavel Datsyuk and that will become even more prominent when the series returns to Detroit for Game 6. The league's second-highest regular-season goal scorer (43) is clearly frustrated and the rest of his team will need to carry the load if they are to advance.
Jonathan Ericsson D DET 3 hours ago
Ericsson delivered two more assists in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Lightning. He now has four assists in six postseason games; those four points have come in the last three games.
It's sweet production for a guy who had 15 points all season had two points in his previous 22 games. There was always plenty of potential in him, but he has settled into the role of sturdy, low-maintenance crease clearer. Nice output, though.
Riley Sheahan C DET 3 hours ago
Sheahan scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's 4-0 win over Tampa Bay. He is riding a three-game, three-point scoring streak.
He's delivering clutch points and is seeing time on the power play where two of those three points -- both goals -- have come. Great postseason debut.
Petr Mrazek G DET 3 hours ago
Mrazek blanked the Lightning on Saturday for the second time this postseason. He delivered a 28-save, 4-0 victory and staked the Red Wings to a 3-2 series lead.
Geez, you think this guy's confidence is soaring right now? Wow. The shutout is his second in three games who came into this series with no previous NHL playoff experience. And by the way, the Bolts were only the NHL's highest-scoring team during the regular season. Jimmy Howard who?
Braden Holtby G WAS 3 hours ago
Holtby made 35 saves in a penalty-filled, 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night. He allowed two goals.
The game was chaotic and the winning goal was scored when the Isles poked the puck loose out of a shoving match that was going on between the benches and broke in on net. Holtby was left on his own with a wide-open Nik Kulemin streaking at him. The Caps return home for Game 7 on Monday and Holtby will be between the pipes.
John Carlson D WAS 4 hours ago
Carlson scored the Capitals only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Islanders in Game 6 on Saturday night. It came on the power play.
He has three points in the six-game series and Monday's tilt will determine who moves on and who heads to the golf course. Carlson is coming off a massive year and will be part of the core group that hopes to send the Islanders packing.
Nikolay Kulemin LW NYI 4 hours ago
Kulemin scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's 3-1, Game 6 win over the Capitals.
He was Johnny on the spot and wide open in front of Braden Holtby on a strange play. He went across the top of the crease and wrapped the puck inside the left post after bulling his way through a melee between the benches. There were simply too many Caps out of the play and Kuly took advantage. It's his second point of the postseason.
John Tavares C NYI 5 hours ago
Tavares had a goal and assist in Saturday's Game 6 win over the Capitals. He opened the scoring seven minutes into the game and set up the winner.
He now has six points in six games and is the reason the winning goal was scored. There was a bit of a shoving match going on in between the two benches and he gathered the puck up and took off up the middle. He tried to split the defenders and was bowled over by two Caps before he could get the shot off. The puck squirted to a teammate, who set up Nik Kulemin who wrapped it in while those two Caps were still in the corner with Tavares.