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  • Marcus Johansson WAS C
    Capitals' Marcus Johansson: Eliminates Leafs with Game 6 winner
    6h ago

    Marcus Johansson scored the game-tying goal and also scored in overtime in Sunday's series-clinching Game 6 win over Toronto.

    A clutch effort from Johansson, who had managed three helpers in the previous five games. He plays on the second line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams, but has never been known for being a big-time playoff performer. That could change now, however, as he scored one of the biggest goals of his career Sunday and should look to build upon that in Round 2 against Pittsburgh. After netting a career-high 58 points this season, Johansson is destined to be a key part of Washington's playoff run this year.

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  • Auston Matthews TOR C
    Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews: Nets lone goal in series-ending loss
    6h ago

    Auston Matthews scored the lone Toronto goal in Sunday's series-ending Game 6 loss to the Capitals.

    While it was an unfortunate result for the Leafs, Matthews had a terrific playoffs, scoring in four straight games to close out the series. He showed off his wicked hands Sunday with a great move in tight that gave the Leafs the lead in the third period. As the clear favorite for the Calder Trophy, Matthews is a dynamic young hockey player who is destined for great things. He built off a sensational 40-goal regular season with a terrific postseason and will be a top pick in fantasy drafts next season.

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  • Drake Caggiula EDM C
    Oilers' Drake Caggiula: Top-line stay doesn't produce results
    6h ago

    Drake Caggiula finished Saturday's Game 6 win over San Jose with a shot, two penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating.

    In the two games since Caggiula was moved to Connor McDavid's line, he posted a total of six shots and no points. As long as Caggiula stays on the top line he's got value as a player that may come cheap while playing alongside an MVP candidate.

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  • Andrej Sekera EDM D
    Oilers' Andrej Sekera: Point in back-to-back games
    6h ago

    Andrej Sekera posted an assist, three blocked shots and 21:14 of ice time in Saturday's Game 6 win over San Jose.

    Sekera finished the opening round by posting assists in back-to-back games. He saw lots of ice time in the series, topping out at 28:04 in Game 5. Even though he missed one of the six opening-round games, he led all Edmonton Oilers ' defensemen in power play ice time.

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  • Adam Larsson EDM D
    Oilers' Adam Larsson: Logs huge minutes again
    6h ago

    Adam Larsson had an assist, a plus-1, four hits and two blocked shots in Game 6 against the Sharks on Saturday.

    Larsson played a team-leading 26:10 in the game, giving him more than 26 minutes in two straight contests. He had just one point and an average of a shot per game in the first round, but he's logging big minutes. Unfortunately for his fantasy value, he's not seeing power play time despite those big minutes.

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  • Frederik Andersen TOR G
    Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen: Stands tall in Game 6 OT loss
    6h ago

    Frederik Andersen stopped 34 of 36 shots in Sunday's season-ending Game 6 loss to Washington.

    Andersen turned in an impressive showing, but unfortunately Marcus Johansson was able to jump on a rebound in overtime and eliminate the Leafs. Andersen didn't have an amazing playoff, but he turned in a few really impressive performances and showcased his capabilities moving forward. With the effort he gave in a must-win situation Sunday, the Leafs have to feel very confident having him as their starter moving forward.

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  • Marcus Johansson WAS C
    Capitals' Marcus Johansson: Eliminates Leafs with Game 6 winner
    6h ago

    Marcus Johansson scored the game-tying goal and also scored in overtime in Sunday's series-clinching Game 6 win over Toronto.

    A clutch effort from Johansson, who had managed three helpers in the previous five games. He plays on the second line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams, but has never been known for being a big-time playoff performer. That could change now, however, as he scored one of the biggest goals of his career Sunday and should look to build upon that in Round 2 against Pittsburgh. After netting a career-high 58 points this season, Johansson is destined to be a key part of Washington's playoff run this year.

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  • Auston Matthews TOR C
    Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews: Nets lone goal in series-ending loss
    6h ago

    Auston Matthews scored the lone Toronto goal in Sunday's series-ending Game 6 loss to the Capitals.

    While it was an unfortunate result for the Leafs, Matthews had a terrific playoffs, scoring in four straight games to close out the series. He showed off his wicked hands Sunday with a great move in tight that gave the Leafs the lead in the third period. As the clear favorite for the Calder Trophy, Matthews is a dynamic young hockey player who is destined for great things. He built off a sensational 40-goal regular season with a terrific postseason and will be a top pick in fantasy drafts next season.

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  • Drake Caggiula EDM C
    Oilers' Drake Caggiula: Top-line stay doesn't produce results
    6h ago

    Drake Caggiula finished Saturday's Game 6 win over San Jose with a shot, two penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating.

    In the two games since Caggiula was moved to Connor McDavid's line, he posted a total of six shots and no points. As long as Caggiula stays on the top line he's got value as a player that may come cheap while playing alongside an MVP candidate.

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  • Derick Brassard OTT C
    Senators' Derick Brassard: Posts two points in Game 6
    13h ago

    Derick Brassard tallied a pair of assists on the power play in a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 6 of the first round against the Bruins on Sunday. The Ottawa Senators won the series, 4-2.

    The 29-year-old has points in his last five playoff games, and this was his third multi-point game of the 2017 postseason. Brassard has always been pretty clutch in the playoffs -- in 65 postseason contests, he has 20 goals and 52 points in 65 contests. Next up in the second round, Brassard will face his former team in the Rangers. He played three and a half seasons and posted 44 postseason points with the Rangers.

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  • Eric Staal MIN C
    Wild's Eric Staal: Diagnosed with concussion
    13h ago

    Eric Staal sustained a concussion but did not suffer any other injuries during Game 5 against the Blues, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

    By the look of it, Staal's injury could have been a lot worse, so the 32-year-old pivot should be thankful that he walked away with only a concussion. With Minnesota's season over, Staal will have plenty of time to rehab and there's no reason to think he won't be able to play once training camp rolls around this fall.

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  • Tom Pyatt OTT C
    Senators' Tom Pyatt: Out of Game 6 lineup
    18h ago

    Tom Pyatt (upper body) will sit out Game 6 against the Bruins, Brent Wallace of TSN reports.

    Pyatt will sit out his second straight tilt due to the upper-body issue, making his next chance to return either Game 7 or Game 1 of the next round should the Ottawa Senators close out the series Sunday. He's provided 23 points over 82 games for the Senators this season, making him a potential playoff pool option when healthy in deeper formats.

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  • Bobby Ryan OTT RW
    Senators' Bobby Ryan: Posts seven points in first round
    13h ago

    Bobby Ryan capped off the first round with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime victory during Game 6 against the Bruins on Sunday. The Ottawa Senators won the series, 4-2.

    The 30-year-old posted, by far, the worst numbers of his career during the regular season, but he's turned it on at the right time. In six games versus the Bruins, Ryan scored four goals and seven points. His seven points this spring already ties a postseason career high, which Ryan tallied in 13 contests with Anaheim back in 2009. Next up is the Rangers, whom the 30-year-old didn't register a point against in two games this season. However, the regular season meant very little in Round 1.

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  • Brad Marchand BOS LW
    Bruins' Brad Marchand: Posts two assists in loss during Game 6
    13h ago

    Brad Marchand recorded two assists, two shots and a plus-1 rating in 23:15 of ice time during a 3-2 loss to the Senators in Game 6 of the first round Sunday. Ottawa won the series, 4-2.

    The 28-year-old scored the game-winner in Game 1 of the series, but he was relatively quiet until Sunday, scoring a lone assist in Game 5. Despite a lack of scoring though, Marchand was still heavily involved with 13 shots in the final three games. Marchand has continued to get better with age and tallied a career-best 39 goals and 85 points in 80 games this season. The 28-year-old has never averaged more than a point per game previously, so it will be interesting to see if he can repeat that feat in 2017-18.

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  • Clarke MacArthur OTT LW
    Senators' Clarke MacArthur: Tallies game-winner versus Bruins
    13h ago

    Clarke MacArthur scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 6 versus the Bruins on Sunday. The Ottawa Senators won the game 3-2 and the series 4-2.

    One of the unlikeliest of heroes, MacArthur scored his first goal in two years last week. His second of the series advanced Ottawa into the second round. MacArthur, who missed most of this season with a concussion, is clearly finding his game again. If there's any fantasy value to be had, it might be on the power play. Both of MacArthur's goals in the series came on the man advantage.

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  • Viktor Stalberg OTT LW
    Senators' Viktor Stalberg: Will play in Game 6
    18h ago

    Viktor Stalberg (undisclosed) will slot into the lineup Sunday after not warming up with the team.

    The winger bounced in and out of the lineup prior to puck drop but ultimately found his way onto the ice. He only had four points in 18 regular-season games, but has two in the playoffs so far, so his presence could give the Sens enough juice to close out the series.

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  • Viktor Stalberg OTT LW
    Senators' Viktor Stalberg: Won't play in Game 6
    18h ago

    Viktor Stalberg (undisclosed) will miss Sunday's tilt against Ottawa, Brent Wallace of TSN reports.

    The winger only had four points in 18 NHL games this regular season, but he's heated up in the playoffs and tallied an assist in two of the last three games. With the Ottawa Senators looking to avoid a Game 7, Stalberg's absence will make beating a hot Tuukka Rask even more difficult.

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  • Chris Kunitz PIT LW
    Penguins' Chris Kunitz: Practices in non-contact uniform
    20h ago

    Chris Kunitz (lower body) took to the ice for the Pittsburgh Penguins ' practice Sunday sporting a non-contact uniform. He indicated after practice that he "felt alright. No issues." but he remains without a clear timeline for a return, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.

    Kunitz's injury has cost him all of April thus far, but he appears to be making some progress toward rejoining the lineup. He and the Penguins have some additional rest on tap leading into a second-round series against either the Capitals or Maple Leafs, but there's still no guarantee he will be ready for Game 1. The winger will need to graduate to full contact before talks of his return start heating up, so expect another update when Kunitz reaches that point in his recovery.

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  • Andrej Sekera EDM D
    Oilers' Andrej Sekera: Point in back-to-back games
    6h ago

    Andrej Sekera posted an assist, three blocked shots and 21:14 of ice time in Saturday's Game 6 win over San Jose.

    Sekera finished the opening round by posting assists in back-to-back games. He saw lots of ice time in the series, topping out at 28:04 in Game 5. Even though he missed one of the six opening-round games, he led all Edmonton Oilers ' defensemen in power play ice time.

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  • Adam Larsson EDM D
    Oilers' Adam Larsson: Logs huge minutes again
    6h ago

    Adam Larsson had an assist, a plus-1, four hits and two blocked shots in Game 6 against the Sharks on Saturday.

    Larsson played a team-leading 26:10 in the game, giving him more than 26 minutes in two straight contests. He had just one point and an average of a shot per game in the first round, but he's logging big minutes. Unfortunately for his fantasy value, he's not seeing power play time despite those big minutes.

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  • Oscar Klefbom EDM D
    Oilers' Oscar Klefbom: Ends series strong
    6h ago

    Oscar Klefbom had an assist and a plus-1 rating in Game 6 against the Sharks on Saturday.

    Klefbom battled injury during the series but put together a goal and an assist in the last two games. He finished the opening round with two goals, an assist and 11 shots.

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  • Kris Russell EDM D
    Oilers' Kris Russell: Leads team in blocked shots
    7h ago

    Kris Russell blocked five shots in Edmonton's series-clinching win over San Jose on Saturday.

    Russell collected 27 blocked shots in the opening-round series, which is second among all players in the postseason and a full six blocks better than Dan Girardi in third. That's about the only value Russell has had in fantasy, though. He has no points, seven shots and a minus-1 rating in the playoffs.

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  • Erik Karlsson OTT D
    Senators' Erik Karlsson: Playing through foot injury
    13h ago

    Erik Karlsson played the first-round series against Boston despite two hairline fractures in his left heel, Joe McDonald of ESPN.com reports.

    Just a hockey player being a hockey player. The injury reportedly occurred when Karlsson blocked a shot during a March 28 game against Philadelphia and it caused him to miss three of the last five regular-season games. While this sort of injury could've kept the star defenseman out during the regular season, it's the playoffs and he has already shown he can compete at a high level despite the ailment, so it's unlikely that he'll miss ice time because of it.

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  • Simon Despres ANA D
    Ducks' Simon Despres: Taken off injured reserve
    15h ago

    Simon Despres (head) is no longer listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.

    While there's no guarantee that Despres will be ready to go when the Anaheim Ducks open the second round of the playoffs against the Oilers, his removal from the ranks of the IR seems to suggest that he could be ready for Game 1. The 25-year-old has not suited up since being knocked out of action during the first game of the season, so even if he is able to go soon, there's a chance he'll be dealing with some rust as he gets readjusted.

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  • Frederik Andersen TOR G
    Maple Leafs' Frederik Andersen: Stands tall in Game 6 OT loss
    6h ago

    Frederik Andersen stopped 34 of 36 shots in Sunday's season-ending Game 6 loss to Washington.

    Andersen turned in an impressive showing, but unfortunately Marcus Johansson was able to jump on a rebound in overtime and eliminate the Leafs. Andersen didn't have an amazing playoff, but he turned in a few really impressive performances and showcased his capabilities moving forward. With the effort he gave in a must-win situation Sunday, the Leafs have to feel very confident having him as their starter moving forward.

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  • Braden Holtby WAS G
    Capitals' Braden Holtby: Helps eliminate Leafs with strong Game 6 showing
    7h ago

    Braden Holtby stopped 37 of 38 shots in Sunday's series-clinching Game 6 overtime victory over the Leafs.

    Holtby was simply outstanding on the night, paving the way for Marcus Johansson to strike in the extra frame and eliminate the Leafs from the playoffs. The netminder was exploited at times earlier in the round, but he really shut the door in back-to-back victories to close out the series. Holtby has a noted history of being a playoff performer and he lived up to that reputation on Sunday. The 27-year-old will have his hands full with Sidney Crosby and the Penguins in Round 2, but if there is anyone capable of shutting down some of the NHL's biggest stars, it's Holtby.

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  • Craig Anderson OTT G
    Senators' Craig Anderson: Beats Bruins in overtime of Game 6
    13h ago

    Craig Anderson yielded two goals on 30 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Bruins in Game 6 of the first round Sunday. The Ottawa Senators won the series 4-2.

    The 35-year-old has quietly put together a pretty strong start to this postseason. In six games versus Boston, he posted a .921 save percentage and a 1.95 GAA. It was only two games, but this season Anderson was spectacular versus the Rangers, his second-round opponent, going 2-0-0 with a .981 save percentage, 0.50 GAA and one shutout. If that's an indication of anything to come, expect more good things from Anderson versus the Rangers.

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  • Tuukka Rask BOS G
    Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Yields three goals in overtime loss during Game 6
    13h ago

    Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on 29 shots in a 3-2 overtime defeat during Game 6 of the first round against the Senators. Ottawa won the series, 4-2.

    The 30-year-old stopped 26 of 27 on even strength, but that wasn't enough, as the Senators tallied two scores on the power play. Although Rask posted a .920 save percentage in the series, that wasn't enough either. Three of Ottawa's four wins in the series came in overtime, and the other was a 1-0 victory where the Boston Bruins mustered up just 22 shots on goal. It's now been three years since Rask won the Vezina Trophy, but he remains a top 10 fantasy goaltender heading into next season.

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  • Braden Holtby WAS G
    Capitals' Braden Holtby: Guarding goal for Game 6
    17h ago

    Braden Holtby will occupy the crease for Sunday's Game 6 in Toronto, Mike Vogel of NHL.com reports.

    Fresh off being named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, Holtby will take to the net Sunday looking to finish off a young Maple Leafs team that has proven to be quite formidable in the first round. The Saskatchewan native bounced back nicely with a 24-save performance Friday, but it's worth noting that the Washington defense stepped up its game too, allowing the fewest shots on goal (25) all series. Also worth noting is the difficulty Holtby has had at Air Canada Centre this season, as he has allowed four goals in each of the three contests he's played there in the regular and postseason.

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  • Tuukka Rask BOS G
    Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Will tend twine Sunday
    18h ago

    Tuukka Rask will be in the crease for Sunday's Game 6 against Ottawa, Joe Haggerty of CSN NE reports.

    Tuuks had a couple rough games in Game 2 and 3, but his last two times out have been stellar as he's stopped 67 of 70 shots. He'll need another similar performance to avoid elimination, given how well opposing goalie Craig Anderson has played -- the Ottawa netminder has stopped 58 of 61 shots in the past two games, including a 22-shot shutout in Game 4.

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