Bolts' Bishop Will Start Friday
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News: Ben Bishop
will be in the crease for Friday's Game 7 against the Rangers.
Analysis: Ben Bishop
will look to bounce back from a poor performance in Tuesday's Game 6 in which he allowed five goals on 26 shots before being pulled in the third period. Bishop has been inconsistent throughout the Eastern Conference Final, but was able to post a shutout performance en route to a victory in Game 5. He'll hope to return to that sort of form in Game 7 of the series.
News: Henrik Lundqvist
will be in net for Friday's Game 7 against the Lightning.
With the exception of Games 2 and 3, in which he surrendered a total of 12 goals, Henrik Lundqvist
has been solid against Tampa Bay throughout the Eastern Conference Final. If his teammates are able to carry the offensive momentum they gained after tallying five goals in Game 6 into Game 7, another solid outing from Lundqvist could be enough to propel the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final.
Blackhawks' Crawford Stops 30 In Game 6 Win
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News: Corey Crawford
denied 30 of 32 shot attempts to claim the win in Game 6 on Wednesday against the Ducks.
Analysis: Corey Crawford
's final line would have looked even better if not for the Ducks' Clayton Stoner tallying a controversial third-period goal, when the Blackhawks goalie appeared to be interfered with by Jakob Silfverberg as he tried to stop Stoner's shot. Nonetheless, Crawford turned in a clutch performance to extend the series, and will certainly be back in the net Saturday with a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line. He owns a 10-3 record, 2.23 GAA and .922 save percentage over 13 career games when facing elimination from the postseason.
News: Frederik Andersen
allowed four goals on 22 shots in Wednesday's Game 6 loss in Chicago.
Although this was Frederik Andersen
's first regulation loss of the postseason, questions have arisen regarding his play in the past few games. Andersen is sporting a weak .856 save percentage in the past three contests against the Blackhawks, where he's been beaten 13 times. While Andersen is not necessarily in danger of losing the crease, he will certainly need to turn in a better performance if his Ducks are to have any hope of winning Saturday's decisive Game 7.
News: Andrei Vasilevskiy
replaced Ben Bishop with 12:46 remaining in the third period of Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Rangers in Game 6. The Bolts backup goalie stopped six of seven shots.
It was the 20-year-old's second appearance of the postseason, with both coming when the Lightning were on the wrong end of blowouts. While Bishop's outing in front of the home crowd was hardly inspiring, there's little chance that coach Jon Cooper will turn away from his No. 1 netminder with the series on the line in Friday's Game 7. Don't expect Cooper to even entertain the idea of going with Andrei Vasilevskiy
Jackets Sending Dansk Back To Sweden
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News: Oscar Dansk
will play for newly promoted Rogle in the SHL next season rather than returning to the AHL, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "We wanted to make sure he gets to a place where he can play and get his career back on track," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said.
The young goaltender struggled in his first season in North America, posting a 3.57 GAA and .880 save percentage in 21 games for AHL Springfield and a 3.73 GAA and .889 save percentage in 11 games for ECHL Kalamazoo. Oscar Dansk
still has a potentially bright future, but he'll need to rebuild his confidence back at home before the Jackets give him another shot on their side of the pond.
Sens Ink Hammond To Three-Year Extension
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News: Andrew Hammond
signed a three-year, $4.05 million extension with the Senators on Wednesday.
Analysis: Andrew Hammond
's second-half star turn was one of the best stories of the 2014-15 season, as he emerged from obscurity to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage over 24 appearances while leading the Senators to the postseason in the process. His improbable run came to an end in the first-round matchup with the Canadiens when Craig Anderson ultimately took back the goal, but it looks like the Senators have faith the 27-year-old can at least remain a serviceable backup. With Hammond and Anderson under contract for the next three seasons and prized Boston University goalie Matt O'Connor joining the organization a couple weeks ago, the Senators will probably attempt to trade away Robin Lehner (concussion) over the summer.
The Islanders haven't contacted Michal Neuvirth
's agent about re-signing him to a new contract, according to SNY.tv.
Analysis: Michal Neuvirth
played much better with the Sabres as a starter than with the Islanders as a backup, so he may want to see if there is starting job out there for him first before committing to sign with any team as a No. 2 option. With few big-name goalies available in free agency, Neuvirth may draw interest from a number of teams.
Caps' Holtby Allows Two In OT Loss
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News: Braden Holtby
stopped 37 of the 39 shots he faced in Wednesday's 2-1 OT loss to the Rangers.
Derek Stepan's game winner in overtime clinched the series for the Rangers, sending Braden Holtby
and the Caps home after they held a 3-1 series lead. Holtby played extremely well in the playoffs, though, recording a save percentage of .944 and a 1.71 GAA overall.
Price, Habs Eliminated In Six By Tampa
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News: Carey Price
gave up three goals on 27 shots in Tuesday's season-ending Game 6 loss to the Lightning.
After being perhaps the best player in the entire NHL during the regular season, Carey Price
had an inconsistent playoffs, including posting save marks under .900 in three of the six games against Tampa Bay. After Price was injured in the playoffs against the Rangers last year and the Habs went on to lose, the team was surely counting a healthy goalie among its blessings entering the playoffs. Of course, much more can (and should) be made of the failings of the Montreal offense, which scored two or fewer goals in nine of its last 10 playoff games. Management will surely be looking for some scorers this offseason to complement Price's prowess on the back end.