News: Antti Niemi stopped 22 of 23 Tuesday to even the Sharks' second-round series with Los Angeles at two games apiece. Analysis: After allowing six goals in the two games in Los Angeles to start the series, Antti Niemi's got consecutive one-goal outings going for him.
News: Brad Richards skated just 8:10 over 10 shifts in Tuesday's Game 3 loss to Boston. Analysis: He wasn't hurt; the ineffective Brad Richards just spent a lot of time on the bench. He's been absolutely horrid -- and, worse, uninvolved -- in the playoffs following a disappointing regular season, and could be playing his way out of New York. At this point, the best news about Richards would be that he's been playing through an injury.
News: Daniel Paille assisted on Boston's first goal and scored the second in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 3 win over the Rangers. Analysis: The fourth line of Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell has been dominant along the boards in this series, and this time it produced some offense. Most often, though, Paille's contributions don't show up in the box score.
News: Tuukka Rask stopped 23 of 24 shots Tuesday to give Boston a 3-0 lead over the Rangers in their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. Analysis: Though Tuukka Rask wasn't challenged very often in this one, he was sharp against the Rangers' few quality opportunities. He seems to be getting better and better as he goes along -- a scary sign for the opposition.
News: Kyle Clifford (undisclosed) will play in Tuesday's Game 4 against the Sharks, Helene Elliott of the LA Times reports. Analysis: Kyle Clifford missed the Kings' previous four games, but he will return to action Tuesday night with the Kings looking to go up 3-1 on the Sharks.
News: Jason Demers (foot) will not play in Tuesday's Game 4 against the Kings, CSN's Kevin Kurz reports. Analysis: The Sharks were hoping that Jason Demers would be able to play in their second-round series, but he will remain sidelined for the time being.
News: Matt Greene (lower body) will play in Tuesday's Game 4 against the Sharks, Helene Elliott of the LA times reports. Analysis: Matt Greene has not played in a game since Apr. 24, but he will take the ice Tuesday night as the Kings aim to go up 3-1 against the Sharks.
News: Anton Stralman left Tuesday's Game 3 against Boston after taking a big second-period hit. Analysis: He appeared shaken up after taking a smashing from Milan Lucic and didn't come out for the third period. No word on what the injury is yet, but it's bad news for the Rangers if it's anything serious, as Anton Stralman's been a steady presence on their blue line.
News: Chris Kreider left Tuesday's Game 3 against Boston in the third period after taking a stick underneath his visor. Analysis: He was treated on the bench before heading to the locker room. It didn't look like a major ding, so Chris Kreider probably shouldn't miss much time.
News: Andrew Ference, who hasn't played since Game 5 of the team's first-round series against the Leafs due to a lower-body injury, is not listed in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Rangers. Analysis: Once again, the B's will roll without three of their regular blueliners, with Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden about to sit out Tuesday's game with various injuries.