News: Jamie Benn tallied his first career playoff goal top open Dallas' scoring in an eventual 4-3 loss to Anaheim in Game 1. Analysis: Jamie Benn was Dallas' best player in the game and carried over his torrid pace from the conclusion of the regular season.
News: Kari Lehtonen allowed three first period goals in Dallas' 4-3 loss to Anaheim in Game 1 of the first-round series Wednesday. Analysis: Kari Lehtonen put his team in a 4-0 hole 30 minutes into the game, but played better as the game went along and nearly benefited as Dallas rallied late. He'll be in net for Game 2 on Friday.
News: Brandon Prust (upper body) played 20:24 in Wednesday night's win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series. He had not played since March 18. Analysis: Brandon Prust looked a little rusty but he'll get better as the series moves along. He skated on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher.
News: Daniel Briere and four shots on goal and assisted on Dale Weise's game-winning goal in overtime of Wednesday night's win over over Tampa Bay in the first game of their opening-round playoff series. Analysis: The Canadiens' fourth line was humming in overtime with Daniel Briere missing on a few scoring chances before his work behind the night helped Weise convert with just under two minutes remaining in OT. It's playoff time and Briere is Montreal's most seasoned player in terms of postseason experience. His assist gives him 110 points in 109 playoff games.
News: Dale Weise scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Wednesday night's win over Tampa Bay in the first game of their opening-round playoff series. Analysis: The Canadiens carried play in the overtime period and it was only a matter of time before they converted one of their scoring chances. In this case, the hard work of the fourth line, particularly Daniel Briere's forecheck behind the Lightning goal was the catalyst for the game-winner.
News: Jake Dowell has been assigned to AHL Iowa. Analysis: Jake Dowell, who will return to Iowa with 17 points in 54 AHL games to date, remains a candidate for recall if the Wild require added depth up front as the playoffs progress.
News: Brenden Dillon (lower body) wasn't on the ice for morning skate Wednesday and looks like a game-time decision for Game 1 against the Ducks, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Brenden Dillon was considered likely to play in Game 1 as recently as two days ago, but his inability to participate in practice since that time now has him looking questionable at best. The uncertainty of his injury situation probably makes him a defenseman to avoid in playoff pools.
News: Corey Perry was credited with an assist during the first period of a 4-3 defeat of the Stars in the opening game of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Wednesday. Analysis: Corey Perry has had a phenomenal regular season and hopefully Game 1's assist is a sign that the postseason will be a continuation of that high level of play. The Ducks will need this to be the case, especially if Wednesday's injury to teammate Ryan Getzlaf turns out to be serious.
News: Mathieu Perreault scored a power play goal late in the first period of a 4-3 defeat of the Stars on Wednesday. Analysis: Although the has defintely cooled since the end of March, the Ducks nonetheless have to be happy to see Mathieu Perreault already make an impact so early in the playoffs.
News: Kyle Palmieri scored the opening goal early in the first period of a 4-3 victory over the Stars on Wednesday. Analysis: After going pointless in his final three games of the regular season, the Ducks have to be happy to see him find the net in the opening game of the playoffs.