News: P.K. Subban blasted home his first goal of the playoffs in Friday's Game 2 win over Ottawa. Analysis: A monster outing from P.K. Subban, who also finished with five shots on goal. After getting kicked out of Game 1 for a slash on Mark Stone, Subban ditched the rough stuff in Game 2 and led with his offense. When he's on top of his game, the 25-year-old is one of the best offensive defenseman around.
News: Alex Galchenyuk scored the overtime-winning goal in Game 2 against Ottawa on Friday. Analysis: Alex Galchenyuk's off to a great start in these playoffs recording two points and seven shots on goal in his first two games. Skating on the top line, the 21-year-old is likely to be a key difference maker for the Habs during their postseason run.
News: Max Pacioretty returned to the lineup in Game 2, scoring a goal and firing three shots on goal in Friday's win over Ottawa. Analysis: A great return for Max Pacioretty, who had been out of the lineup since April. 5 with an upper-body injury. While Pacioretty hasn't been a huge playoff performer in his career, the 26-year-old appears to be in full health and will play a large role in determining how far the Habs make it this postseason.
News: David Desharnais collected two assists in Friday's Game 2 win over Ottawa. Analysis: A dominant effort from David Desharnais, who saw 18:40 of ice time in the victory. With the return of Max Pacioretty, Desharnais saw his ice time from Game 1 increase by a whopping six minutes in Game 2. While he's only scored twice in 29 career playoff games, Desharnais, skating on the second line with Pacioretty, can be a difference maker in a playoff series.
News: Mark Stone picked up two helpers in Friday's Game 2 overtime loss to the Canadiens. Analysis: While Mark Stone is currently dealing with a wrist injury, he still managed to be very effective for the Sens in the loss. It's worth noting, however, that the 22-year-old sniper didn't record a shot on goal for just the first time in nine games. While the wrist fracture is likely to hurt his overall production, Stone should still be able to pile up points in a top-six role for the Sens.
News: Andrew Hammond made 39 saves on 42 shots in Friday's Game 2 overtime loss to Montreal. Analysis: While it was a good performance from Andrew Hammond, the overtime winner is one he will likely want back. After going on a crazy 20-1-2 run in the regular season, the 27-year-old has come back down to earth in his first two career NHL playoff games. Considering he got the Sens into the playoffs, Ottawa is likely to keep Hammond rolling despite the fact they're now trailing Montreal 2-0 in their best-of-seven round one series. Don't be shocked, however, if the team decides to turn to veteran Craig Anderson for Sunday's Game 3 in Ottawa.
News: Carey Price turned away 29 of 31 shots in Friday's Game 2 win over the Senators. Analysis: That's back-to-back wins for Carey Price, who has helped the Canadiens grab a 2-0 series lead over Ottawa. The Habs will continue to ride him in the playoffs, so make sure he's in your lineup whenever Montreal is in action.
News: Matt Niskanen picked up a pair of helpers in Friday's Game 2 win over the Islanders. Analysis: A great bounce-back effort for Matt Niskanen, who was an awful minus-4 in the Game 1 loss. The 28-year-old logged 21:47 of ice time Friday, and after notching 31 points in the regular season, expect him to continue to contribute steady offensive production from the back-end. He doesn't play on the top power-play unit, but he possesses strong offensive awareness that allows him to set up and be in on plays with superstars Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
News: Nicklas Backstrom scored his first goal of the playoffs and added two assists in Friday's Game 2 win over the Islanders. Analysis: A monster outing from Nicklas Backstrom, who scored his goal with the man advantage. If the Capitals hope to get past the Islanders, the dynamic duo of Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin will need to be better than the Islanders' top duo of John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. Backstrom now has 46 points in 59 playoff games and is showing once again why he is one of the best point producers around.
News: Philipp Grubauer stopped 18 of 21 shots in Friday's Game 2 win over the Islanders. Analysis: With Braden Holtby out with an illness, Philipp Grubauer got a chance to lead the Capitals to victory in front of the home crowd. While it's unlikely the 23-year-old, who played just one full regular-season game, sees any more playoff action, it's good to know the Capitals have a reliable option if elite starter Holtby finds himself dealing with an illness again.