Caps' Beagle Gets Game-Winner
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News: Jay Beagle
scored the lone goal in Monday's Game 3 win over the Rangers.
The shot came from behind the net and deflected off the skate of a Ranger defender, but Jay Beagle
's tally ended up being the deciding tally in another tightly contested game. The four points are already a career-high in a single postseason for Beagle, but it may not necessarily be production that's sustainable.
Habs' Desharnais Could Be Option For Game 3 Or 4
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Coach Michel Therrien said David Desharnais
(illness) could possibly play in one of the Habs' two upcoming games in Tampa Bay, ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reports.
Analysis: David Desharnais
didn't travel with the team to Tampa Bay on Monday, but if he notices some more improvement with his condition, he'll likely join the Canadiens later on during their stay in Florida. He likely has a more realistic shot at playing in Thursday's Game 4 rather than Game 3 on Wednesday, which would give him an additional day to show the coaching staff that he's healthy.
Ducks' Getzlaf Tallies Two Helpers
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News: Ryan Getzlaf
factored in on two of Anaheim's three goals in their shutout win over the Flames on Sunday.
Lost amongst teammate Corey Perry laying waste to the Pacific Division is Ryan Getzlaf
's impressive postseason. He now sits on 10 points -- tied for second in the league and trailing only linemate Perry. If the duo continue to be as effective as they have been thus far, there may be a very good chance this team can return to Stanley Cup glory once again.
Bolts' Killorn Adds Two Helpers In Win
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News: Alex Killorn
chipped in with two power-play assists in Sunday's Game 2 win over the Canadiens.
Analysis: Alex Killorn
ended the regular season cold as he failed to get on the scoresheet in the final five games, but he's been able to turn the page since the start of the playoffs as he's now registered six points in nine games this postseason. The most encouraging news, however, may be that linemate Steven Stamkos broke out for three points in the win, so Killorn should benefit from his captain waking up out of his slump.
Bolts' Johnson Keeps Rolling In Game 2
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News: Tyler Johnson
added two power-play helpers in Sunday's Game 2 win over the Canadiens.
Analysis: Tyler Johnson
has been incredible in the playoffs as he's now up to 10 points in nine games, including four multi-point efforts. While he couldn't lead to his playoff-leading seven goals in Sunday's win, he was still able to turn in another productive night as he helped chip in on a power play unit that netted four goals. Keep him rolling as the series shifts back to Tampa on Wednesday.
News: Valtteri Filppula
picked up a power-play goal and two assists in Sunday's Game 2 win over the Canadiens.
Analysis: Valtteri Filppula
ended the first round series off the scoresheet, but he's gotten off to a strong start against Montreal as he's recorded four points through the first two games, including Sunday as he tied his season high with three points. He struggled to gather points at the end of the regular season though, so it may be difficult to rely on him for the remainder of the playoffs until he can show more consistent production.
Bolts' Stamkos Gets Three Points Including Goal
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News: Steven Stamkos
scored his first goal of the postseason and added two assists in Sunday's 6-2 win over Montreal in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semi-final series.
The monkey is finally off his back. The goal was a beaut -- he deked Carey Price so badly the goalie's jock was left lying in the crease. OK, that's a bit of a stretch, but he did lay out some wicked moves to get it past Price. His two helpers came on the power play where the Bolts actually got four of their goals. The Habs will need to do something to contain Stammer -- he sure looks like he's found his game.
Lightning's Paquette Suffers Undisclosed Injury
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News: Cedric Paquette
suffered an undisclosed injury during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Canadiens, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.
Analysis: Cedric Paquette
will not return to the contest, but with Tampa Bay nursing a three-goal lead in the third period, his absence shouldn't make much of a difference. If Paquette can't play in Wednesday's game 3, Jonathan Drouin will likely join the lineup.
News: Alex Galchenyuk
took three minor penalties and missed a couple of scoring chances during Friday's double-overtime loss to Tampa Bay, the Montreal Gazette reports. The struggling young forward was removed from the power-play unit Friday and for a brief spell was demoted to fourth-line duty.
Analysis: Alex Galchenyuk
, who opened the first-round series against Ottawa with points in the first two games, has been silent since. Head coach Michel Therrien continues to preach patience in the development of Galchenyuk and rejected the notion of some tough love, such as making him a healthy scratch for a game or two. Still, this is his third NHL season and the Habs are waiting to see some consistency from the 21-year-old.
News: Derick Brassard
scored the game-winning goal Saturday in a 3-2 victory over the Capitals.
He emerged from the penalty box and quickly transitioned into offense, and then converted a feed from Marty St. Louis. It's his fourth goal of the playoffs. The series is now tied 1-1.