Nick Bonino
Penguins' Nick Bonino: Two points help force Game 7
Nick Bonino, C, PIT
10:26 PM
News: Bonino scored an empty-net goal and tacked on an assist during Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Bonino seems to have a knack for showing up when it counts, as the 28-year-old sealed the deal with an empty-net tally -- the first marker since his clincher against Washington in the quarterfinals. Against the Lightning, the Connecticut native has five points, a mark he's reached in each series during the playoffs. It'll be interesting to see if Bonino shines in Game 7 on Thursday.

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Sidney Crosby
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: First multi-point outing since Round 1
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
10:18 PM
News: Crosby lit the lamp on four shots, adding a power-play assist and a plus-2 rating during Tuesday's 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Crosby had been the victim of a two-game cold streak, but with the Penguins facing elimination, the 2005 No. 1 pick delivered his first multi-point outing since Game 5 against the Rangers during the first round. The 28-year-old sits at six tallies and nine helpers heading into Game 7 on Thursday.

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Brian Boyle
Lightning's Brian Boyle: Two goals isn't enough to bring Lightning back
Brian Boyle, C, TB
10:04 PM
News: Boyle potted two goals on four shots, adding a plus-2 rating and two hits during Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

After Tampa Bay went scoreless over two periods, Boyle attempted to put the team on his back by lighting the lamp twice in the third period. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late. The 31-year-old picked up his first points of the series, and now has five total tallies in the playoffs to date.

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Tom Pyatt
Senators' Tom Pyatt: Agrees to two-way deal with Senators
Tom Pyatt, C, TB
4:00 PM
News: Pyatt agreed to terms with the Senators on a one-year, two-way contract Tuesday. The deal will pay him $800,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 in the AHL.

Pyatt spent the last two seasons with Geneve Servette of the Swiss-A league, notching 22 goals and 40 assists in 92 games. Before heading overseas, the 29-year-old had NHL tours with Montreal and Tampa Bay (2009-14). He'll add depth and versatility to a Senators club that has plenty of offensive weapons but failed to make it to the playoffs this year.

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Seth Griffith
Bruins' Seth Griffith: Re-signs for another season
Seth Griffith, C, BOS
2:36 PM
News: Griffin has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Bruins, NESN.com reports.

Griffith finished the 2015-16 season second in AHL scoring with 77 points (including 24 goals) in 57 games for Providence. Given his production level in the minors, Griffin could challenge for a full-time NHL role next season, though the 23-year-old forward's offensive upside is accompanied by modest size and a limited physical element to his game.

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Steven Stamkos
Lightning's Steven Stamkos: Effectively ruled out Tuesday
Steven Stamkos, C, TB
11:14 AM
News: Stamkos (upper body) said he experienced his "best day yet on ice" Tuesday, but added that his status hasn't changed for the evening's Game 6 against the Penguins, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Lightning have a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals on Tuesday, and it appears that they'll be without Stammer yet again. A win would be huge for Stamkos and company, not only because it would mean they'd reach the Cup finals for the second straight year, but also because it could buy extra time for the star to finally get healthy. It's been reported that once Stamkos is given medical clearance to stop using blood thinners, his return would then be imminent.

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Chase Lang
Wild's Chase Lang: Inks entry-level deal with Minnesota
Chase Lang, C, MIN
10:48 AM
News: Lang signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Wild on Tuesday.

The Wild selected Lang with the 167th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The 19-year-old forward primarily split time between the Calgary Hitmen and the Vancouver Giants of the WHL last season, notching an impressive 63 points (27 goals, 36 assists) over 69 games. Lang also spent time with AHL Iowa towards the end of the 2015-16 campaign, tallying three points (two goals, one assist) over 11 games. The British Columbia native likely won't ever develop into an elite scorer in the NHL, but could evolve into a solid two-way forward for the Wild. Lang will likely spend the entirety of the 2016-17 season continuing to develop his game in the AHL.

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Dylan Larkin
Red Wings' Dylan Larkin: Earns rookie of the year team honor
Dylan Larkin, C, DET
10:18 AM
News: Larkin was named the Red Wings rookie of the year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association on Tuesday.

Not surprisingly, this was a unanimous selection. Aside from a six-game stint with AHL Grand Rapids in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs, Larkin avoided the minor leagues and was ready to showcase his scoring skills in the NHL this season. In 80 regular-season games, the 19-year-old sank a team-high 23 goals to go along with 22 helpers. His blazing speed - he became the all-time fastest skater at the All-Star Skills competition - allows him to break up the rush in the defensive zone. In fact, by a wide margin, his plus-11 rating led all Red Wings in 2015-16. With Pavel Datsyuk flirting with the idea of returning to Russia and Henrik Zetterberg seemingly past his prime, it will be up to Larkin to keep shining offensively. Some might fear that he'll go through a sophomore slump, but the upside appears to outweigh the risk when it comes to Larkin. Catch him if you can.

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David Backes
Blues' David Backes: Returns from undisclosed injury
David Backes, C, STL
6:04 AM
News: Backed (undisclosed) returned to action in Monday's Game 5 against San Jose after he sat out the final two periods of Game 4. He had six hits, two blocked shots, two shots on goal and an assist in 16:32 of ice time in a 6-3 loss to the Sharks.

The playing time is off Backes' average during this postseason (18:37), but the Blues captain played his typical game, showing up in all three zones. Backes and the Blues head to San Jose, down three games to two, for Game 6 on Wednesday.

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Robby Fabbri
Blues' Robby Fabbri: Scores power-play goal in Game 5
Robby Fabbri, C, STL
5:58 AM
News: Fabbri (undisclosed) had 16:59 of ice time and scored a power-play goal in Monday night's 6-3 loss to the Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

Fabbri's status had been unclear up until game-time after playing less than 10 minutes in Game 4, but he received nearly three more minutes of ice time than he's been averaging during the postseason. The goal was the 20-year-old rookie's fourth of the playoffs and first in the Finals.

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