Bolts' Johnson Takes Postseason Scoring Lead
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News: Tyler Johnson
dished out two assists in Tuesday's Game 6 loss to the Rangers, giving him 20 points in the playoffs.
That's good for tops in the league, one point ahead of his linemate Nikita Kucherov and Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf (who's played five fewer games). Tyler Johnson
's dozen goals easily lead the playoffs, so it's nice to see him balance out his stat line with a couple helpers, although they both came in garbage time.
Rangers' Miller Explodes For Four Points
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News: J.T. Miller
scored his first goal of the playoffs, dished out three assists and went plus-4 in Tuesday's Game 6 victory over the Lightning.
Analysis: J.T. Miller
's seen extensive playing time alongside Derick Brassard and Rick Nash in these playoffs, but although he's been able to generate offensive chances, he's been snakebitten as far as finding the net. That was certainly not the case Tuesday for any member of his trio, as they combined for 13 points to send the series on to Game 7 in New York.
Brassard's Hat Trick Leads Rangers To Game 6 Win
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News: Derick Brassard
scored three goals on 10 shots, added two assists and went plus-5 in Tuesday's Game 6 victory over the Lightning.
The hat-trick-completing goal came into an empty net, but it was a well-deserved one, as Derick Brassard
played an excellent game. With nine goals and seven assists in these playoffs, he's been the Rangers' most reliable offensive performer.
News: Cedric Paquette
(foot) isn't on the ice for pregame warmups and will sit out Tuesday's Game 6 against the Rangers, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.
It appears Vladislav Namestnikov will tap into the lineup while Cedric Paquette
remains bothered by the hand injury he sustained in Game 5. Paquette was able to participate in Tuesday's morning skate, so there remains a decent chance that he'd be available for a possible Game 7 or for the Stanley Cup Finals opener.
Wings' Larkin Scores First Two Professional Goals
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News: Dylan Larkin
scored twice in Grand Rapids' (AHL) 4-2 Game 2 win over Utica on Monday.
Analysis: Dylan Larkin
decided to leave the University of Michigan after one season and signed his entry-level contract with Detroit last week. He has since joined the Griffins for their Western Conference final against Utica. Larkin had a pair of shots in his professional debut on Sunday and then potted the two markers on Monday. He had a monster year for the Wolverines (15G, 47P in 35GP) and he has quickly turned into one of the better prospects in the league.
Ducks' Kesler Grabs Two Points In Game 5
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News: Ryan Kesler
potted a goal and was credited with the primary assist on the overtime winner in Monday's Game 5 against the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Ryan Kesler
was shutout off the scoresheet through the first three games of the Western Conference Finals, but he's found the back of the net in each of the last two. He's up to 11 points through 15 games in the playoffs.
Ducks' Getzlaf Adds Two More Helpers In Win
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News: Ryan Getzlaf
provided a pair of assists in Monday's Game 5 win over the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Ryan Getzlaf
hasn't been putting the pucks in the back of the net himself much in the playoffs, but he's now racked up seven assists through the five games of the Western Conference Finals. His 17 assists, 19 points, and plus-10 rating are all tops in the league for the entire playoffs.
Hawks' Toews Nets Two Late Goals In Game 5
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News: Jonathan Toews
potted a pair of goals in Monday's Game 5 loss to the Ducks.
Analysis: Jonathan Toews
temporarily appeared as though he'd be the hero for Chicago as he scored two goals in the final two minutes to force overtime, but the Ducks ended up pulling through less than a minute into the extra period. He's now up to 16 points (seven goals) through 15 playoff games.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong said that the team should know by the end of May whether or not Vladimir Sobotka
will rejoin the Blues next season or remain in the KHL, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
After failing to find common ground on a contract with the Blues last summer, Vladimir Sobotka
bolted for Russia, where he received a lucrative three-year deal with the KHL's Avangard Omsk worth around $12 million. Playing a feature role for the squad, Sobotka tallied 38 points in 53 games, but could be hungry for a return to the brighter lights of the NHL. Though his contract with Avangard Omsk contains an out clause, Sobotka would likely have to be willing to accept a downgrade in pay, as he would owe the Blues one season at a $2.7 million salary due to a previous arbitration ruling.
Toronto's Carrick Signs One-Year Deal
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News: Sam Carrick
signed a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs on Monday, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Sam Carrick
spent the bulk of the year in the AHL, where he registered 27 points and 112 penalty minutes in 59 games. He also made 16 appearances for the Leafs, recording one goal and one assist.