News: Craig Anderson will be between the pipes for Friday's Game 5 against the Canadiens, TSN 1200's Gord Wilson reports. Analysis: It's hardly a surprise, as Craig Anderson was phenomenal in Game 4, turning away all of the 28 shots he faced en route to a shutout. He'll likely need to turn in a similar performance on Friday in order to give the Senators a chance to gain some ground in their series with the Habs, in which they currently trail three games to one.
News: Jake Allen will be between the pipes for Friday's Game 5 against the Wild, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Jake Allen didn't have to do too much in Game 4, as Minnesota only managed to fire a total of 18 shots on goal. However, he was still solid, turning away 17 of the 18 shots he faced. He'll look to build on that strong performance on Friday.
News: Derek Stepan opened the scoring with a power-play marker in Friday's series-clinching Game 5 win over the Penguins. Analysis: It was the second goal of the playoffs for Derek Stepan, who finishes the first round with three points in five games. The second-line center has looked dangerous this postseason, firing 24 shots on goal and helping the Rangers eliminate the Penguins in five games. New York will be awaiting the winner of the Capitals and Islanders series, so look for the 24-year-old to carry his strong play from the opening round into the second round.
News: Carl Hagelin scored the series-clinching overtime-winning goal Friday against Pittsburgh in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. Analysis: A clutch performance from Carl Hagelin, who scored his first career NHL playoff game-winning goal. The 26-year-old is now riding a three-game point streak, helping the Rangers eliminate the Penguins in five games and move onto the second round. Skating on a line with Martin St. Louis, Hagelin, who had 17 goals in the regular season, will likely continue being a key contributor throughout the Rangers' postseason run.
News: Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 of 36 shots in Friday's Game 5 overtime loss to the Rangers. Analysis: While Fleury played sensational, the Penguins couldn't get more than one puck past Henrik Lundqvist, leading to their elimination from the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. While the Penguins only lasted five games against the Presidents Trophy winners, it wasn't due to a lack of effort from Marc-Andre Fleury, who was exceptional throughout the series, posting a .927 save percentage and 2.12 GAA. Fleury, who has struggled in the playoffs in the past, can exit the postseason knowing he played his best and gave the injury-riddled Penguins a fighting chance against arguably the best team in the NHL.
News: Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding Friday, stopping 37 of 38 shots in a series-clinching Game 5 overtime win over the Penguins. Analysis: Henrik Lundqvist has been a brick wall in these playoffs, allowing just a single goal in each of his last three games. With a 4-0-1 record and a .939 save percentage and 1.53 GAA, the 33-year-old has been one of the best goaltenders in this postseason. The Rangers will get a few days rest as they await their second-round opponent.
News: Jean-Gabriel Pageau is considered day-to-day after prematurely exiting Friday's Game 5 against the Canadiens with an apparent lower-body injury, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Analysis: Jean-Gabriel Pageau attempted to block a puck Friday but ultimately paid the price and is now in danger of missing Game 6. Until the Senators say otherwise, Pageau is in line to be a game-time decision ahead of Sunday's contest.
News: Clarke MacArthur will not return to Friday's Game 5 against the Canadiens after suffering a lower-body injury. Analysis: Clarke MacArthur should be considered day-to-day moving forward. With the severity of his injury still unclear, his next opportunity to skate will be in the potential Game 6 on Sunday.
News: Jori Lehtera (undisclosed) did not take the ice for pregame warmups ahead of Friday's Game 5 and is not expected to skate as a result, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Analysis: Jori Lehtera was a game-time decision but ultimately will stay off the ice for Game 5. His next opportunity to compete will be in Game 6 on Sunday.
News: Mats Zuccarello (undisclosed) will not return to Friday's Game 5 against the Penguins. Analysis: Mats Zuccarello should be considered day-to-day moving forward until the Rangers shed some light on what exactly the 27-year-old is dealing with after getting hit in the head with a puck in the first period Friday. His next opportunity to play will be in the potential Game 6 on Sunday, or in the second round.