Ben Bishop
Lightning's Ben Bishop: Sheds light on playoff injury
Ben Bishop, G, TB
5/27/2016
News: Bishop clarified that he had strained ligaments around his ankle as the result of his injury sustained in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports.

Bishop told reports that he had trouble dropping into the butterfly position, but might have been ready by Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals had the Lightning defeated the Penguins in Game 7 of the conference finals. The big goalie was spectacular before suffering the ailment, finishing his second straight postseason with a 1.85 GAA through 11 starts. With that playoff injury evidently not too serious, there's no need to bump him down your fantasy rankings ahead of the 205-16 season; in fact, he should be one of the first tenders off the board.

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Matt Murray
Penguins' Matt Murray: Leads Pens into Stanley Cup Final
Matt Murray, G, PIT
5/26/2016
News: Murray made 16 saves in a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday.

He saved nine of 10 shots through the first 40 minutes and then stood firm in the third period, stopping seven of seven shots. After Pittsburgh went back to Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 5, Murray won the final two games of the series and heads into the Stanley Cup Final as the team's likely starter.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy
Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Valiant effort with 37 saves ends in Game 7 loss
Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TB
5/26/2016
News: Vasilevskiy turned away 37 of 39 shots during Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Coming into the series against the Penguins, Vasilevskiy was on the outside looking in, firmly seated in the front row as the backup netminder. With Ben Bishop (leg) going down in Game 1, the 21-year-old was called upon to help carry the Bolts to their second straight Stanley Cup Finals, but unfortunately fell just short. It was an admirable run for the 2012 first-round pick, who finishes the series with a 2.71 GAA and .924 save percentage.

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Martin Jones
Sharks' Martin Jones: Stops 24 to propel Sharks to Stanley Cup Finals
Martin Jones, G, SJ
5/26/2016
News: Jones saved 24 of 26 Blues shots to propel the Sharks to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 5-2 victory over the Blues on Wednesday.

The Sharks attempted just one more shot on goal, yet were in control throughout the contest thanks to Jones' superior performance in net. He didn't concede a goal until San Jose held a 4-0 third period lead, and has to rate among the top reasons for the team advancing considering he recorded back-to-back shutouts in Games 2 and 3. St. Louis often found it difficult to generate shots in this series, but the winner of Thursday's Game 7 in Pittsburgh will be unlikely to have that problem.

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Brian Elliott
Blues' Brian Elliott: Gives up four as Blues eliminated
Brian Elliott, G, STL
5/25/2016
News: Elliott allowed four goals on 26 shots as his Blues were eliminated by the Sharks in Game 6 on Wednesday.

Elliott struggled in Game 6 for the third series in a row, but this time he won't get a chance to redeem himself. The veteran goaltender should nonetheless hold his head high, as the Blues would never have gotten to this point without his 2.44 GAA and .921 save percentage against a gauntlet of dangerous offenses in the postseason.

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Jake Allen
Blues' Jake Allen: Allows four in Game 5 loss
Jake Allen, G, STL
5/23/2016
News: Allen allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Sharks in Game 5 on Monday. The other two were empty-netters.

Making his second start of the postseason, Allen actually held a 3-2 lead past the midway point of the second period before Joe Pavelski struck twice in a span of 1:43. The Blues now have their backs against the wall down 3-2 in the series -- which shifts back to California for Game 6 -- so one would have to surmise that there's a good chance head coach Ken Hitchcock will go with Brian Elliott after Allen allowed seven goals in his two starts. Look for that confirmation to come sometime before Wednesday's puck drop.

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Marc-Andre Fleury
Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury: Unable to hang on in overtime
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT
5/23/2016
News: Fleury saved 21 of 25 shots in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning in Game 5.

Making his first start of the playoffs, Fleury allowed the game-tying goal and the eventual game-winner. "It wasn't the best I've felt in a game," said Fleury. "Still though, I've been practicing a lot. I should've been better ... It's tough to lose." The Penguins are now down 3-2 to in the series and have the tough decision of sticking with the veteran Fleury, or letting the rookie Matt Murray -- who's played well overall, -- draw the next start.

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James Reimer
Sharks' James Reimer: Appears in relief
James Reimer, G, SJ
5/21/2016
News: Reimer replaced starter Martin Jones midway through the second period of Saturday's game and ended up with six saves on seven shots in relief.

The goal came on the power play. Reimer's last start came on April 5, some six weeks ago, but he didn't miss a beat when he went in. Martin Jones will be back in net next game.

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Jaroslav Halak
Islanders' Jaroslav Halak: Will need offseason surgery
Jaroslav Halak, G, NYI
5/18/2016
News: Halak (groin) will require surgery to repair a sport hernia, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Halak was sidelined since early March and missed the Islanders last 29 contests including the playoffs. With a six to eight week recovery time, the netminder should be ready to go for the start of the 2016-17 campaign. Although Thomas Greiss performed well in relief, you can expect Halak to reclaim the starting spot in New York after posting a 18-13-4 record that included three shutouts along with a .919 save percentage.

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Antti Niemi
Stars' Antti Niemi: Likely to remain in timeshare
Antti Niemi, G, DAL
5/14/2016
News: Stars coach Lindy Ruff defended his strategy of giving Niemi and Kari Lehtonen equal playing time in 2015-16, the Dallas Morning News reports.

For the most part, the Stars netminders stayed healthy this season, but both goalies owned a save percentage that ranked no better than 55th overall. Niemi and Lehtonen each had 25 wins in the regular season, but it was Lehtonen getting the lion's share of the starts in the playoffs, ultimately falling flat in Game 7 of the conference semifinals against the Blues. Stars general manager Jim Nill declined to say whether he plans to buy out Niemi's $4.5 million contract, which has two years remaining.

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