News: Victor Hedman had a goal in Tuesday's season-ending loss to the Canadiens in Game 4 of their first-round matchup. Analysis: Although the Bolts ended up getting swept, Victor Hedman managed to produce for those who owned him in playoff pools, recording a point in each of the final three games. All and all, it was a successful season for the blueliner, who set a career high with 55 points during the regular season.
News: Carey Price stopped 20 of 23 shots to lead the Canadiens to a Game 4 victory and a sweep of the Lightning on Tuesday. Analysis: Carey Price coughed up a two-goal lead in this one before Max Pacioretty scored the game-winner and series-clincher with just 43 seconds left in the third period. The netminder was somewhat up-and-down during the four-game series, but managed to ride his offense to victories in each game.
News: Stephane Da Costa (face) received the team MVP award for AHL Binghamton on Saturday. Analysis: The center missed a couple weeks after requiring plastic surgery on his face due to a high stick, but was able to return to the lineup Saturday. After the game, Stephane Da Costa received the team's MVP award for the season. He posted three goals and an assist in 12 NHL games with the Senators this year, and could be a big part of the team next season.
News: Patrick Marleau scored the OT winner in Game 3, adding an assist, a plus-2 rating, four shots, and 23:26 of ice time. Analysis: Patrick Marleau has scored in all three postseason games thus far, totaling five points, fourth best in the league.
News: Joe Thornton had an assist, two penalty minutes, and played 20:41 in a Game 3 win over LA. Analysis: Joe Thornton has points in five straight, with three of those happening in the postseason. He's been playing as well as he did all season and is even shedding the season-long stigma that he's only good for assists. He has two goals, an assist, and eight shots through the first three games.
News: Tommy Wingels had an assist and nine hits in the Sharks' Game 3 win over LA. Analysis: Tommy Wingels is the full package. He can put points on the board (three assists in three games) and never misses a chance to finish his checks. His ceiling may be low, but he has consistently raised that ceiling throughout the season.
News: Matt Duchene (knee) could return before the end of the first round, the Denver Post reports. Analysis: The center skated hard Tuesday, and while he's not expected to be back for Game 4 on Thursday, there's still a chance Matt Duchene could return before the series is over. He racked up 23 goals and 47 assists in 71 games during the regular season, and would provide a much needed boost to the struggling Colorado power play that has gone just 1-11 through the first three games of the playoffs.
News: Tomas Hertl had a goal and six shots in a Game 3 win over LA. Analysis: Questions about whether Tomas Hertl can bounce back after his injury? Those have been squashed. The rookie has two goals and an assist through three playoff games.
News: Matt Nieto scored on one of two shots in a Game 3 OT win over Los Angeles. Analysis: Matt Nieto has a goal and three assists through three games. He is quickly proving that San Jose has more than one exciting rookie forward on the team.
News: Brent Burns had a goal, two penalty minutes, eight hits, and a team-leading seven shots in Game 3. Analysis: Brent Burns' 16 postseason shots ranks third in the league. He's creating opportunities and is likely to continue to produce. He has two goals and an assist through the first three games.