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Thomas Greiss gives up five in OTL in GM 3 05-03-2016
Thomas Greiss G NYI
Thomas Greiss allowed five goals on 41 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 OT loss to the Lightning in Game 3. The Isles won't be happy about dropping this game, especially because they held 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3 leads. New York was 38 seconds away from closing out Game 3 when Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov tied the game. Greiss has given up three goals or more in three straight games. He'll enter Game 4 with a 5-4 record, a 2.34 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage this postseason. The Islanders are now down 2-1 in the series.
Ben Bishop gives up 4, Lightning win Game 3 05-03-2016
Ben Bishop G TB
Ben Bishop gave up four goals on 39 shots, but the Lightning still managed to beat the Islanders 5-4 in overtime in Game 3. The Bolts found themselves down on three different occasions in this one, but they managed to tie the game with less than 40 seconds remaining in the third period. Brian Boyle scored the game-winner in overtime less than three minutes into the extra frame. Bishop has won four of his last five games dating back to Game 4 against Detroit, but he's given up four goals in two of his last three outings. He has a 6-2 record with a 2.27 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage this postseason.
Josh Bailey scores twice but Isles lose GM 3 05-03-2016
Josh Bailey LW NYI
Josh Bailey scored two goals in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Lightning in Game 3. Bailey opened the scoring at the 7:55 mark of the first period. His third period goal (scored on the power play) gave the Islanders a 3-2 lead with just over 17 minutes remaining. The Islanders were close to going up 2-1 in the series, but Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov tied the game with 38 seconds remaining. Brian Boyle won it in overtime. The Islanders are down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Brian Boyle scores OT winner in Game 3 05-03-2016
Brian Boyle C TB
Brian Boyle scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Islanders in Game 3. The Bolts battled back from 1-0, 3-2, and 4-3 deficits in this one. Forward Nikita Kucherov tied the game at four with 38 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime. In the extra frame, it took Boyle just 2:48 seconds to bury the winner. There was some controversy leading up to the goal, as Boyle took Isles defenseman Thomas Hickey out of the play with a solid bodycheck. Boyle has two goals and 16 penalty minutes this postseason.
Antti Niemi indeed in net Game 3 vs Blues 05-03-2016
Antti Niemi G DAL
Confirming an earlier note, Antti Niemi will indeed be in net for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Blues.

NHL.com
Niemi has turned aside 66 of 74 shots through three games of action during the postseason, though the Stars have gone 1-2 over the span.
Preds make Riberio healthy scratch in Game 3 05-03-2016
Mike Ribeiro C NAS
Caoch Peter Laviolette has made Mike Ribeiro a healthy scratch for Tuesday's Game 3 against San Jose.

John Glennon on Twitter
Surprising turn of events, to say the least. Ribeiro has just one point and little else through the first nine games of the postseason, but the veteran ranked second on the team in assists (43) and fifth in points (50) during the regular season.
Bortuzzo leads scratches Game 3 vs Dallas 05-03-2016
Robert Bortuzzo D STL
Robert Bortuzzo will lead the slew of scratches for the Blues against the Stars on Tuesday night in Game 3.

Louie Korac
Joining him will be Dmitrij Jaskin, Magnus Paajarvi, Steve Ott, Petteri Lindbohm, Chris Butler, Peter Harrold, Ty Rattie, and Anders Nilsson. Of the bunch, only Rattie and Ott give the impression they could impact the stat sheet. But not from the stands.
Ritchie leads Stars' scratches Game 3 vs StL 05-03-2016
Brett Ritchie RW DAL
Brett Ritchie leads Dallas' scratches in Tuesday's Game 3 against St. Louis.

Louie Korac
Ritchie will be joined by Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak, Jordie Benn, and Valeri Nichushkin. Unfortunately, there isn't a lick of value to speak of here.
Craig Smith will play Game 3 vs San Jose 05-03-2016
Craig Smith C NAS
Craig Smith will indeed play in Tuesday's Game 3 against San Jose after all.

Brooks Bratten on Twitter
Originally thought sidelined with a lower body injury, Smith will skate to the right of Colin Wilson and Mike Fisher on Nashville's second line as Mike Ribeiro gets scratched. Smith has a goal and an assist in six games this postseason.
No Mike Ribeiro Game 3 vs San Jose on Tuesday 05-03-2016
Mike Ribeiro C NAS
Mike Ribeiro is not on the ice for warm-ups for Tuesday's Game 3 against San Jose, indicating that he will not play.

Shawn McKenzie on Twitter
Ribeiro has just one point and little else to his credit through the first nine games of the postseason, but that doesn't mean Nashville will be better off without their 50-point man.
Pekka Rinne in net Tuesday Game 3 vs San Jose 05-03-2016
Pekka Rinne G NAS
Pekka Rinne will be in net Tuesday in Game 3 against San Jose.

Brooks Bratten on Twitter
Rinne comes in boasting a .915 save percentage and a 2.48 GAA in nine postseason games thus far. He's turned away 55 of 60 combined shots the Sharks have sent his way in the series as well. Rinne will have to continue to be Nashville's backbone if they are to come back in the series.
PK Subban named Foundation Award finalist 05-03-2016
P.K. Subban D MON
PK Subban has been named a finalist for the 2016 NHL Foundation Player Award.

PK Subban on YouTube
The award, which comes with a prize of $25K, is presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey; commitment, perseverance and teamwork, to enrich the lives of people in his community." Subban pledged to donate $7M over the next 10 years to the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation. Through his efforts over the season, he's raised over $800K in additional pledges through the PK Subban Foundation. Click the link below for the winter wonderland he created for the kids at the MCH over Christmas, plus one very special gift for a family in need.
Mark Giordano named Foundation Award finalist 05-03-2016
Mark Giordano D CAL
Mark Giordano has been named a finalist for the 2016 NHL Foundation Player Award.

NHL.com
The award, which comes with a prize of $25K, is presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey; commitment, perseverance and teamwork, to enrich the lives of people in his community." Along with his wife "Team Giordano" works with the Calgary Board of Education to create a unique community program. In turn Team Giordano provides resources to four low-income Calgary schools, including school supplies like computers and journals plus floor hockey equipment. The two-year-old program has impacted over 1,400 kids in the area while Giordano himself has donated over $200K. Should the Giordano's win, they'll become the second Flames to win and the first since Jarome Iginla in 2004.
Matt Martin named Foundation Award finalist 05-03-2016
Matt Martin LW NYI
Matt Martin has been named a finalist for the 2016 NHL Foundation Player Award.

NHL.com
The award is given "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey; commitment, perseverance and teamwork, to enrich the lives of people in his community." Martin is perhaps the most unique of the trio nominated as he raised over $75K for the Matt Martin Foundation, which works in conjunction with several charities including, NYPD Widows' and Children's Fund, the Boomer Esiason Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis, ACDS, Defending the Blue Line and the Islanders Children's Foundation. Mighty impressive in his foundation's inaugural season. Martin would be the first Islanders player to win the award, which is an additional $25K.
Nystrom leads scratches Game 3 vs San Jose 05-03-2016
Eric Nystrom LW NAS
Eric Nystrom will lead Nashville's scratches for Game 3 on Tuesday night against San Jose.

Robby Stanley
Joining Nystrom will be Austin Watson and Petter Granberg. Neither of whom have made their postseason debuts yet.
No lineup changes for Sharks Game 3 vs Preds 05-03-2016
Dainius Zubrus C SJ
Up 2-0 in the series, San Jose will not make any lineup changes in Game 3 against Nashville.

Robby Stanley
And why would they? San Jose has out-scored Nashville 8-4 thus far, with two of the Predators' tallies coming in garbage time. Dainius Zubrus will be joined by Micheal Haley, Matt Tennyson and Dylan DeMelo once again.
Koekkoek, Vermin out vs NYI in Game 3 on Tues 05-03-2016
Slater Koekkoek D TB
Slater Koekkoek and Joel Vermin will be scratched from Tuesday's Game 3 against the Islanders.

Bryan Burns on Twitter
Of the two, only Koekkoek has seen any time this postseason. All 6:47 of it. Suffice it to say, neither player offers much value.
Penguins bring up Steven Oleksy 05-03-2016
Steven Oleksy D PIT
Steven Oleksy has been called up by Pittsburgh.

Penguins.nhl.com
He hasn't seen any action with Pittsburgh this season despite several big-league call-ups. That probably won't change in the playoffs.
Penguins call up Tom Sestito 05-03-2016
Tommy Sestito LW PIT
Tom Sestito has been recalled by Pittsburgh.

Penguins.nhl.com
He played in four NHL regular-season games with Pittsburgh during the regular season. Sestito hasn't played in the playoffs since 2013 with Vancouver.
Blunden tags in for Condra vs NYI Game 3 05-03-2016
Michael Blunden RW TB
Michael Blunden will tag in for Erik Condra in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Islanders.

Michelle Gingras on Twitter
Blunden, who has not played since Game 5 against Detroit due to an upper body injury, has no points in five games this postseason.
Brian Elliott in net Game 3 vs Dallas on Tues 05-03-2016
Brian Elliott G STL
Brian Elliott will be in net against Dallas in Game 3 on Tuesday.

Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter
Through the first nine games of St. Louis' postseason, Elliott has played the most games of any netminder and seen the most shots, made the most saves, and allowed the most goals. All told, he still boasts a .930 save percentage and a 2.38 GAA on 330 combined shots. Mighty impressive.
Martin Jones in net Game 3 vs Nashville 05-03-2016
Martin Jones G SJ
Martin Jones will be in net for San Jose in Game 3 on Tuesday night against Nashville.

Curtis Pashelka on Twiter
Just 15 pucks have gotten past Jones through the first seven games of San Jose's postseason, four of which belong to Nashville. Albeit two of them came in garbage time. He boasts a .923 save percentage thus far, and with no signs of slowing down.
Cody Bass (LBI) not expected to play Tuesday 05-03-2016
Cody Bass C NAS
Cody Bass (lower body) isn't expected to play in Game 3 against San Jose.

Adam Vingan on Twitter
He suffered a lower-body in Game 6 of Round 1 against Anaheim and he hasn't played since then.
Strait, Strome lead scratches vs TB in Game 3 05-03-2016
Brian Strait D NYI
Brian Strait and Ryan Strome will lead the Islanders' scratches in Game 3 against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Brian Compton
Strait and Strome will be joined by Eric Boulton, James Wright, and Christopher Gibson in the stands. For what it's worth, Strome has four points in six games this postseason.
Taormina, Vermin may sit vs. Isles in Game 3 05-03-2016
Matt Taormina D TB
Matt Taormina and Joel Vermin are projected to be scratched for Game 3 against the Islanders on Tuesday night.

Brian Compton for NHL.com
Of the two, only Taormina has seen any action this postseason. However he's seen just over eight minutes through two games without a meaningful contribution to the scoreboard. There's a chance that Taormina could play if the Lightning make the game-time call to dress seven defenders.
Ben Bishop in net Game 3 Tues vs NY Islanders 05-03-2016
Ben Bishop G TB
Ben Bishop will be in net on Tuesday as the Lighting battle the Islanders in Game 3.

Erik Erlendsson on Twitter
Bishop has seen just 13 pucks beat him through the first seven games of his postseason on nearly 200 combined shots. While the Islanders chased him in Game 1 with four goals on 13 shots, he stoned them with just one goal on 20 shots in Game 2. Suffice it to say, one should expect another strong game from him.
Oskar Sundqvist may play in Game 4 05-03-2016
Oskar Sundqvist C PIT
Oskar Sundqvist may get into the lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bryan Rust is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and Beau Bennett hasn't been cleared to play yet. Sundqvist has appeared in one game for the Penguins in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had one goal and three assists in 18 outings during the regular season.
Marc-Andre Fleury OK with backup role 05-03-2016
Marc-Andre Fleury G PIT
Marc-Andre Fleury understands why he sat on the bench Monday as Matt Murray's backup.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"That's fine. I haven't played in a month now," Fleury said Tuesday after an optional skate. "What's important is us winning. Matty's giving us a chance to win every night he's been in there. I'll stay ready. I'll encourage him. It's not a personal game. It's a team game." He hasn't played since March 31 after he sustained his second concussion of the season. Fleury is expected to continue to work hard in practice to get his timing back, while Murray continues to tend to the crease for the Penguins.
Erik Condra (UBI) appears to be out for Gm 3 05-03-2016
Erik Condra RW TB
Erik Condra (upper body) appears to be out on Tuesday night.

Joe Smith on Twitter
He was one of the last players on the ice at the morning skate. It seems to be more likely that Michael Blunden will be back before him.
Michael Blunden feels ready to return 05-03-2016
Michael Blunden RW TB
Michael Blunden (upper body) feels good and may be back in the lineup for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay Times
If the Lightning dress 12 forwards then you can expect Blunden to play with Jonathan Marchessault and Vladislav Namestnikov on the fourth line. Tampa Bay could choose to go with seven defensemen, though. Blunden is slated to be a game-time decision.
Anton Stralman takes part in optional skate 05-03-2016
Anton Stralman D TB
Anton Stralman (leg) participated in Tuesday's optional skate.

Tampa Bay Times
He skated in a regular-colored jersey, but still needs to practice with the full team and get through contact drills. It is encouraging that he got back on the ice with some teammates for the first time since fracturing his left leg on Mar. 25.
Valeri Nichushkin will be scratched Tuesday 05-03-2016
Valeri Nichushkin RW DAL
Valeri Nichushkin is expected to be a healthy scratch on Tuesday in Game 3 against St. Louis.

Stars.nhl.com
Curtis McKenzie will make his NHL playoff debut and Nichushkin will be back in the press box. He has been scratched for two postseason contests already, including Game 1 versus the Blues, and this will be the third game he has watched from the press box.
Curtis McKenzie set to play in Game 3 05-03-2016
Curtis McKenzie LW DAL
Curtis McKenzie will be in the lineup in Game 3 versus St. Louis.

Stars.nhl.com
"I literally found out right before we went out on the ice," McKenzie said. "I am pretty excited." Coach Lindy Ruff wouldn't talk about lineup changes, but McKenzie's excitement indicates he is in Tuesday night. He expects to take a physical role on the fourth line.
Patrick Marleau not concerned about TOI drop 05-03-2016
Patrick Marleau LW SJ
Patrick Marleau logged just 12:18 of ice time in Game 2 against Nashville.

CSN Bay Area
It was his lowest total of the season and his lowest in the playoffs since May 2, 2000. Marleau wasn't upset for the decline in playing time, though. He said it was "just the way the game was with some penalties here and there, and some faceoffs in our zone. ... You never know how things are going to play out." Marleau has been the Sharks' third line center for most of this season and he has posted one even strength point in the playoffs. He has been better on the power play, where he has contributed three points in seven matches.
Pontus Aberg might play in Game 3 vs. SJ 05-03-2016
Pontus Aberg LW NAS
Pontus Aberg might make his NHL debut on Tuesday night in Game 3 against San Jose.

Robby Stanley for NHL.com
He participated in the morning skate alongside Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro. Aberg could be in the lineup because Craig Smith is questionable due to a lower-body injury.
Anisimov (wrist) out 6-8 weeks after surgery 05-03-2016
Artem Anisimov C CHI
Artem Anisimov has undergone surgery on his right wrist.

Mark Lazerus on Twitter
He is projected to return to "full hockey activities" in 6-8 weeks. Anisimov produced 20 goals and 42 points in 77 games during his first season with Chicago in 2015-16.
Craig Smith (LBI) questionable for Game 3 05-03-2016
Craig Smith C NAS
Craig Smith (lower body) is questionable to play in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Robby Stanley for NHL.com
He didn't take part in the morning skate and has been dealing with a lower-body injury since Game 3 of the opening round. Smith sat out Game 1 versus San Jose in Round 2, but was able to play in Game 2 on Sunday.
Tyler Seguin skates again on Tuesday 05-03-2016
Tyler Seguin C DAL
Tyler Seguin (lower body) got more done on the ice Tuesday than he did Monday, but the Stars are taking a wait-and-see approach with him.

Mike Heika on Twitter
Coach Lindy Ruff said that Seguin's Achilles is not an issue anymore, but he is rehabbing a different injury. When he was removed from the Stars' active lineup it was reported as an injury related to his previously cut Achilles.
Patrick Eaves (foot) may return for Game 4 05-03-2016
Patrick Eaves RW DAL
Patrick Eaves (foot) skated again and he appears to be ahead of schedule.

Mark Stepneski on Twitter
Coach Lindy Ruff said that Eaves could be an option to play as early as Game 4 on Thursday night and as late as Game 5 Saturday. The Stars still have to see how he feels after his recent skates.
Kris Letang gets one-game suspension 05-03-2016
Kristopher Letang D PIT
Kris Letang has been suspended for one game for interference on Washington's Marcus Johansson.

NHL Player Safety on Twitter
He delivered a late and high hit to Johansson in Game 3 on Monday night and it earned him two minutes in the penalty box for interference. Letang, who has seven points in eight playoff games, will be eligible to return in Game 5 on Saturday night.
Pens' Bryan Rust is day-to-day with LBI 05-03-2016
Bryan Rust RW PIT
Bryan Rust is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Dave Molinari on Twitter
It's uncertain if he will play in Game 4 versus Washington on Wednesday. Coach Mike Sullivan said the Penguins will miss him if he's unavailable because he "helps us in a lot of areas" and "when he's in our lineup, we're a better team."
Beau Bennett skates, not cleared to play yet 05-03-2016
Beau Bennett RW PIT
Beau Bennett (undisclosed) skated with some teammates at practice on Tuesday.

Dave Molinari on Twitter
He hasn't been cleared to play yet, but he hasn't ruled out getting the green light prior to Game 4 on Wednesday night. If he gets clearance to return then coach Mike Sullivan said that Bennett "will become an option" for the Penguins.
Matt Beleskey undergoes hand surgery 05-03-2016
Matt Beleskey LW BOS
Matt Beleskey has undergone successful surgery on his left hand.

Bruins.nhl.com
His recovery time is slated to take six weeks. In his first season with the Bruins, Beleskey had 15 goals and 37 points in 80 games.
T. Krug (shoulder) needs 6 months of recovery 05-03-2016
Torey Krug D BOS
Torey Krug has had successful surgery on his right shoulder.

Bruins.nhl.com
He is projected to require six months of recovery time. There's a chance that Krug won't be available for the start of next season, but we will keep you posted on his status.
David Krejci has hip surgery, needs 5 months 05-03-2016
David Krejci C BOS
David Krejci has undergone successful surgery on his left hip.

Bruins.nhl.com
His recovery time is expected to be five months, so he could still available for the start of the 2016-17 regular season. Krejci had been hampered by the ailment for the last two seasons.
Antti Niemi remains probable for Tuesday 05-03-2016
Antti Niemi G DAL
Antti Niemi should still be considered the probable starter for Dallas on Tuesday night in Game 3.

Lou Korac on Twitter
Coach Lindy Ruff hinted that Kari Lehtonen would play, but he was still on the ice when the Stars bench boss was speaking to the media. That isn't typical for a starter, especially since Niemi was the first goalie off at the morning session. As we said in the latest news update for Lehtonen, we will have to see who leads the Stars out for warm-ups.
Ruff hints that Kari Lehtonen will start Gm 3 05-03-2016
Kari Lehtonen G DAL
Coach Lindy Ruff indicated that Kari Lehtonen would start in Game 3 versus St. Louis on Tuesday night.

Lou Korac on Twitter
"We've been going with Lehtonen so we're going to stay with him," said Ruff. The Stars bench boss later added: "I'm not telling you who's starting, so don't ask." Signs pointed to Antti Niemi getting the call after he was the first goaltender off the ice at the morning skate. Now, it isn't nearly as clear. We will have to see who leads the Stars out for the pregame warm-ups.
Curtis McKenzie may make playoff debut 05-03-2016
Curtis McKenzie LW DAL
Curtis McKenzie looks like he could be making his NHL playoff debut on Tuesday night.

Mike Heika on Twitter
He was off the ice early at the morning skate, which suggests he won't be scratched for the contest.
Antti Niemi likely to start Game 3 vs. Blues 05-03-2016
Antti Niemi G DAL
Antti Niemi is likely to get the nod in Game 3 versus St. Louis.

Mike Heika on Twitter
He was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate, which indicates that he will play. Niemi played well in relief of Kari Lehtonen on Sunday and it was thought that he would get a chance to start in Game 3. He has one win along with a 2.73 GAA and an .892 save percentage in four postseason appearances.
Marek Zidlicky set to play in Game 3 05-03-2016
Marek Zidlicky D NYI
Marek Zidlicky is expected to stay in the lineup for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

New York Newsday
He has had trouble containing the Lightning in Round 2, but Ryan Pulock isn't ready to return to the lineup yet. Zidlicky has four penalty minutes and three shots in the first two games of the series. He has one assist in four playoff matches.
Josh Bailey in, Strome out for Isles in Gm 3 05-03-2016
Josh Bailey LW NYI
Josh Bailey will return from an upper-body injury on Tuesday night in Game 3 against Tampa Bay.

New York Newsday
Bailey's return will push Ryan Strome to the press box as a healthy scratch. Bailey has picked up just one assist and a minus-4 rating in six playoff appearances, while Strome has four points and a plus-3 rating during his six outings.
Ryan Strome will be scratched Tuesday 05-03-2016
Ryan Strome C NYI
Ryan Strome will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday in Game 3 against Tampa Bay.

New York Newsday
"I honestly don't really have much to say," Strome said. "I try to be a good a team guy and I don't want to draw any negative attention to myself. It's a big opportunity for us here tonight and I'm sure the guys that are playing will do the job." Strome was scratched for Games 5 and 6 in the opening round against Florida after he had a goal and assist in the first four contests. He had two assists in Game 1 versus Tampa Bay in Round 2.
Marcus Johansson (UBI) won't skate on Tuesday 05-03-2016
Marcus Johansson C WAS
Marcus Johansson won't skate on Tuesday because of an upper-body injury.

Tom Gulitti on Twitter
He will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Johansson underwent concussion protocol in Game 3 after he was hit high and late by Pittsburgh's Kris Letang on Monday night. He was cleared to return and didn't miss a shift for the rest of the game. It's unclear right now if symptoms surfaced overnight or if the Capitals are just being cautious. Johansson did say his neck was sore after the match.
Thomas Greiss will start Game 3 vs. TBL 05-03-2016
Thomas Greiss G NYI
Thomas Greiss will be between the pipes for Game 3 against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Arthur Staple on Twitter
Jaroslav Halak is recovering well from his groin injury, but the net belongs to Greiss right now. He has been great in the postseason with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in eight outings.
Ryan Pulock won't play in Game 3 Tuesday 05-03-2016
Ryan Pulock D NYI
Ryan Pulock (upper body) is not ready to return on Tuesday night.

Arthur Staple on Twitter
He will sit for a third straight game because of an upper-body injury. Perhaps he will be able to play in Game 4 on Friday.
Josh Bailey poised to be a game-time call 05-03-2016
Josh Bailey LW NYI
Josh Bailey (upper body) will probably be a game-time decision on Tuesday night for Game 3.

Arthur Staple on Twitter
Coach Jack Capuano said the lineup would be determined later and added that Bailey will play if he is able to return. He left the ice early and appears to be ready to play. Ryan Strome is likely to be scratched if Bailey is back.
Marcus Johansson OK after high hit 05-03-2016
Marcus Johansson C WAS
Marcus Johansson was OK after temporarily leaving Monday's game against Pittsburgh.

Washington Post
He had to be helped off the ice and underwent concussion protocol after a late and high hit from Penguins blueliner Kris Letang in Game 3. However, he was able to return after the first period and play the rest of the match.
Bryan Rust leaves Game 3 early due to LBI 05-03-2016
Bryan Rust RW PIT
Bryan Rust exited Game 3 against Washington because of a lower-body injury.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
He blocked a shot in the first period and he was not able to return. Rust had two blocks in just 19 seconds of playing time prior to his departure.
Kris Letang will have a hearing on Tuesday 05-03-2016
Kristopher Letang D PIT
Kris Letang will have a hearing Tuesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety.

NHL Player Safety on Twitter
He could face supplemental discipline for an interference play on Washington's Marcus Johansson. Letang was given a two-minute penalty for a late and high hit on the play.
Matt Carle skates before practice 05-03-2016
Matt Carle D TB
Matt Carle (undisclosed) skated before practice on Monday.

Tampa Bay Times
He appears to be closer to returning than Anton Stralman (fractured leg) and J.T. Brown (upper body), but he may not be ready to go on Tuesday in Game 3 versus the Islanders. Carle didn't play on Saturday in Game 2 due to an undisclosed ailment.
Ryan Callahan finds other ways to contribute 05-03-2016
Ryan Callahan RW TB
Ryan Callahan hasn't been contributing much offense in the postseason, but he is making the little plays that don't go unnoticed by his teammates.

Tampa Tribune
"In the postseason, little plays just seem to stand out more - blocked shots or taking a hit or giving a hit," Callahan said. "It just seems a lot of guys raise their game, and what they do well goes up another notch in the playoffs. That's what I do well. That's what I try to bring to the team. So, I try to do it as best as I can in the playoffs." Callahan leads the team with 24 hits and ranks second among forwards with 12 blocked shots, while posting one assist in seven matches.
Habs' core isn't on the trade block 05-03-2016
P.K. Subban D MON
Montreal GM Marc Bergevin is not looking to trade core players, including P.K. Subban.

Montreal Gazette
However, that doesn't mean he won't listen and the rumor mill has been churning. "I do not listen to gossip. We talked about the P.K. situation at the team's post-mortem. This is not a player I'm in a position to trade. Nothing has changed since April 11," Bergevin said. "If someone wants to call me regarding any player, for sure we'll listen. But to solicit offers, we're not. Neither for P.K., or anyone else. Not at the moment. Our core is good. Carey Price, (Brendan) Gallagher, (Alex) Galchenyuk, Max (Pacioretty) are good young people, who've grown together and have learned a lot this year. We'll see how things go."
John Carlson enjoying a 3-game point streak 05-03-2016
John Carlson D WAS
John Carlson is on a three-game point streak.

CSN Mid-Atlantic
Carlson registered an assist in Washington's 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday. He has three goals and nine points in nine playoff games.
Matt Niskanen registers an assist Monday 05-03-2016
Matt Niskanen D WAS
Matt Niskanen had an assist in the Capitals' 3-2 loss to the Penguins Monday night.

CSN Mid-Atlantic
Niskanen has three points in nine playoff games. During the regular season he recorded five goals and 32 points in 82 contests.
Nicklas Backstrom picks up an assist Monday 05-03-2016
Nicklas Backstrom C WAS
Nicklas Backstrom recorded an assist in a 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 3 on Monday.

CSN Mid-Atlantic
It was Backstrom's first point of the second round series. He has two goals and eight points in nine playoff games.
Justin Williams ends goal scoring slump 05-03-2016
Justin Williams RW WAS
Justin Williams netted a goal in Washington's 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday.

CSN Mid-Atlantic
Williams snapped out of his goal scoring slump that dated back to March 28. While he has a reputation for stepping up in the playoffs, Williams has just three points in nine postseason games this year.
Niklas Kronwall looking at ways to fix knee 05-03-2016
Niklas Kronwall D DET
Niklas Kronwall "is getting opinions" on how he can improve his ailing knee, according to GM Ken Holland.

Detroit Free Press
He had his left knee scoped in January and it continued to be a bit of an issue down the stretch and in the playoffs. "What's done has been done," he said. "We're looking at some different options now to try to take care of that fairly soon. I'm glad we had it done. Now we know what's going on. Let's find a way to solve it and move along." Kronwall contributed just three goals and 26 points in 64 games this past season to go with a minus-21 rating.
Hagelin has 5 points over his last 4 games 05-03-2016
Carl Hagelin LW PIT
Carl Hagelin scored a goal in a 3-2 win against Washington on Monday.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Hagelin is on a four-game point streak. He has three goals and five points over that span.
Conor Sheary registers an assist Monday night 05-03-2016
Conor Sheary LW PIT
Conor Sheary recorded an assist in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win against Washington on Monday.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sheary has two goals and four points in eight playoff games. He had seven goals and 10 points in 44 contests as a rookie during the 2015-16 regular season.
Nick Bonino is on a five-game point streak 05-03-2016
Nick Bonino C PIT
Nick Bonino registered an assist in a 3-2 win against the Capitals Monday night.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Bonino extended his point streak to five games. He has a goal and nine points in eight postseason contests.
Kuhnhackl nets his 2nd goal of the playoffs 05-03-2016
Tom Kuhnhackl RW PIT
Tom Kuhnhackl found the back of the net in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win over Washington on Monday.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
It was Kuhnhackl's second goal and fourth point in eight playoff games. The 24-year-old rookie had five goals and 10 assists in 42 regular season games.
Matt Cullen gets an assist on Monday 05-03-2016
Matt Cullen C PIT
Matt Cullen had an assist in the Penguins' 3-2 victory over Washington Monday night.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Cullen has two goals and four points in nine playoff games. In 82 career postseason contests, Cullen has 14 goals and 45 points.
Injury knocks Luke Glendening out of WHC 05-03-2016
Luke Glendening C DET
Luke Glendening won't be able to play in the 2016 IIHF World Championship because of an injury he suffered late in the regular season.

Detroit News
He was set to play for Team USA in the tournament beginning this weekend, but now he is returning home. GM Ken Holland said last week that Glendening had been dealing with a foot injury.
Gostisbehere humbled, honored by nomination 05-03-2016
Shayne Gostisbehere D PHI
Shayne Gostisbehere feels humbled and honored to be listed as a Calder Trophy finalist.

CSN Philadelphia
"I'm very humbled. It truly is an honor," Gostisbehere said. "Having the season I did last year, just to be associated with this award and the moment right now, it's truly humbling. I didn't expect to be where I am right now. It's a compliment to my teammates, the coaching staff and the front office for believing in me all the way." Gostisbehere had 17 goals and 46 points in 64 contests in 2015-16. He also averaged 20:05 minutes per contest.
It'll be painful for Isles to trade Hamonic 05-03-2016
Travis Hamonic D NYI
It's going to be painful for the Islanders to trade Travis Hamonic this summer, especially with the playoff run he's having.

New York Newsday
While Hamonic hasn't been a major offensive contributor with two points in eight games, he has been a vital part of the team as illustrated by the 27:03 minutes he's been logging per game. "His all-around game, his size, his mobility, his ability to play in all situations; it's very impressive. You can't just find those guys," John Tavares said. Unfortunately Hamonic requested a trade early in the 2015-16 campaign because he wants to be closer to his home in Manitoba, so this will likely be the Islanders' last playoff run with him on their roster.
Antti Raanta might get more starts in 2016-17 05-03-2016
Antti Raanta G NYR
After signing a two-year extension with the New York Rangers, Antti Raanta might play a bit of a bigger role in 2016-17.

The Bergen Record
Raanta appeared in 25 games in 2015-16, starting 18 of them, but starter Henrik Lundqvist might be used a bit less frequently going forward. Nothing is set in stone, but Lundqvist is 34 years old now and is playing for a franchise that has aspirations of going far next season despite their 2016 first round exit. With that in mind, Lundqvist might get a bit more rest during the 2016-17 regular season than he typically has in the past.
Caps G Braden Holtby takes loss in Pittsburgh 05-03-2016
Braden Holtby G WAS
Washington goalie Braden Holtby wasn't his usual stellar self Monday night, stopping only 20 shots in the Capitals' 3-2 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Caps are now down 2-1 in the best-of-seven, second-round series. They hope to tie it Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. But they'll need a bit more from their usually brilliant goalie, who has saved 95 of the 103 shots that the Pens have fired at him in the series. Holtby's postseason statistics remain impressive. He has a goals-against average of 1.44 and a save percentage of .949. Yet his playoff record this year isn't all that wonderful, at 5-4.