Girardi scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's Game 3 win over the Flyers.
Both points were pivotal -- the assist on Martin St. Louis's goal that gave the Rangers a 2-0 cushion, and the score that put the Blueshirts up 3-1. They were his first points of these playoffs -- and the first goal he's ever scored against the Flyers.
St. Louis collected a goal and an assist in a Game 3, 4-1 defeat of Philadelphia on Tuesday.
We're not sure what happened when the calendar flipped to April, but St. Louis' production has only increased even more since the beginning of the postseason. The Quebec native has three goals and seven assists through eight games played in the month of April and is leading the team through the first three games of the playoffs with five points.
Lundqvist stopped 31 of 32 shots the Flyers sent his way in Tuesday's 4-1 Game 3 victory.
Henrik and the Rangers showed renewed determination in this one after their disappointing Game 2 collapse, as the skaters spread about the scoring while Lundqvist stood tall in his net. He'll surely be in there again for Friday's Game 4.
04/22/14 - 4:27PM ETDavid Backes
: (Head) Could Return For Game 4
Backes (head) appears to have made enough improvement over the last few days to have a legitimate chance at playing in Wednesday's Game 4 against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Though coach Ken Hitchcock declined to provide an update on his status, Backes appears to have avoided a concussion during the illegal hit he took from the Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook in Game 2. Hitchcock will likely wait and see how Backes looks during Wednesday's morning skate before making a determination on the captain's status for Game 4.
Bartkowski (illness) appears to be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Red Wings, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
Bartkowski was on the ice for pregame warmups and was paired up with Johnny Boychuk, a sign he'll be good to go for Game 4. Andrej Meszaros will head to the press box as a result.
04/22/14 - 3:41PM ETSami Salo
: (Upper Body) Will Not Play Tuesday
Salo (upper body) will not be available for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Canadiens, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
In addition to Salo, the Bolts will also be without Radko Gudas on defense, after he evidently suffered a left knee injury Sunday. The absence of both players could leave goalie Anders Lindback in a world of trouble as the Lightning attempt to stave off elimination.
04/22/14 - 3:37PM ETRadko Gudas
: Out With Left Knee Injury Tuesday
Gudas is dealing with a left knee injury and will not play in Tuesday's Game 4 against the Canadiens, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
The news comes as a surprise, as there was no indication that Gudas sustained any sort of injury during Sunday's Game 3 loss, a game in which he contributed an assist. Either Mike Kostka or Keith Aulie will be called upon to take his spot in an important Game 4 for the Bolts.
04/22/14 - 2:43PM ETFedor Tyutin
: (Undisclosed) Likely Out For Game 4
Tyutin (undisclosed) was not on the ice for Tuesday's optional skate, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
It appears safe to conclude that Tyutin won't be available for Wednesday's Game 4, the second straight contest he'll have missed due to the injury. Dalton Prout entered the lineup in his place Monday night.
04/22/14 - 2:35PM ETJohn Klingberg
: Will Have Hip Surgery This Offseason
Klingberg will undergo hip surgery during the offseason, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
Klingberg is expected to be ready to go for training camp in the fall and figures to begin the 2014-15 campaign in the minors. The 21-year-old spent most of this past season with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League, where he totaled 28 points in 50 games.
04/22/14 - 2:25PM ETSteve Mason
: (Upper Body) Will Serve As Backup Tuesday
Mason (upper body) will back up Ray Emery in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Rangers, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The fact that coach Craig Berube is comfortable enough to use Mason as his backup Tuesday suggests that he could be back in the net as the starter for Friday's Game 4. While that won't be determined for the next few days based on how Mason looks in practices, Berube could just opt to stick with Emery in goal if he turns in another quality performance Tuesday, as he did in Game 2.
Hishon was recalled from AHL Lake Erie on Tuesday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
The Avs' first-round draft pick back in 2010, Hishon has seen his career stall out due to a litany of injuries, but coach Patrick Roy said he may be a lineup consideration for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Wild. It seems rather unlikely that Roy would entrust a young player like Hishon to make his NHL debut in the midst of an intense playoff series, but if the center looks impressive in Tuesday's practice, Roy could take a chance on him.
04/22/14 - 2:17PM ETMatt Cooke
: To Have Hearing Wednesday
Cooke will have an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Cooke will be allowed to plead his case for taking out Colorado's Tyson Barrie on a knee-to-knee hit during Monday's Game 3, but it seems likely that he could be in store for a lengthy suspension. Barrie has already been ruled out four-to-six weeks with a sprained MCL, and it's certainly possible the NHL bans him for the rest of the series, at minimum.
Fayne underwent successful groin surgery on Tuesday, the Star-Ledger reports.
Fayne, who finished this past season with 11 points in 72 games, is looking at an 8-10 week rehab, suggesting that he'll be good to go for the Devils' next training camp, barring any setbacks.
04/22/14 - 12:23PM ETBrenden Dillon
: (Lower Body) Unlikely To Play Wednesday
Coach Lindy Ruff indicated that Dillon (lower body) is a "longshot" to play Wednesday against the Ducks, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
Dillon took part in Tuesday's optional practice, which is a step in the right direction, but it appears as though a return to action Friday is a more realistic scenario for the blueliner, who last played on April 11.
04/22/14 - 10:20AM ETSteve Downie
: Remains Out Indefinitely
Downie (upper body) remains out indefinitely, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
The report suggests that Downie is suffering from concussion-like symptoms, but in any case, there's no timetable for the forward's return to action. Downie last suited up for the Flyers on April 10.
The Kings have recalled Fraser, Jon Rosen LA Kings Insider reports.
Fraser recorded just two helpers in 33 games with the Kings this season, but with the team down 2-0 in their series to the Sharks, it appears as though Fraser will be worked into the lineup in Tuesday's Game 3.
Andersson will be back in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 3, taking Daniel Alfredsson's spot.
Andersson was a healthy scratch in Game 2 but Alfredsson's back has forced him back into the Red Wings' plans. He had a terrific playoffs last season and hopes to recapture that on the third or fourth line Tuesday.
Lindback is in line to start Tuesday's game against the Canadiens, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Ben Bishop was on the ice Tuesday morning, but remains unavailable for Tuesday's Game 4 against Montreal, according to the Tampa Tribune. As a result, Lindback will try to help the Lightning fend off elimination Tuesday, with the Habs holding a 3-0 edge in the first-round playoff series.
04/22/14 - 8:40AM ETDaniel Paille
: (Undisclosed) Does Not Participate In Morning Skate Tuesday
Paille (undisclosed injury) was not present for the Bruins' Tuesday morning skate.
Nor was fellow forward Chris Kelly, meaning that Justin Florek and Jordan Caron are in line to remain in the Bruins' lineup for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Red Wings.
Bishop (elbow) skated on his own for about 20 minutes on Monday, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Bishop took some shots in the process, but the report adds that he is not available for Tuesday's game against Montreal. As a result, Anders Lindback will man the team's net Tuesday, with the Lightning down 3-0 to Montreal in their opening-round playoff series.
04/22/14 - 5:51AM ETLinden Vey
: Optioned To AHL Monday
Vey was sent back to Manchester of the AHL on Monday, LA Kings Insider reports.
Vey hadn't seen any action with the Kings since March 1 despite a pair of recalls; he'll instead report to the AHL for the playoffs.
04/22/14 - 5:18AM ETJamie Benn
: Six-Game Point Streak
Benn scored on one of his three shots and collected two penalty minutes in Monday's Game 3 shutout of the Ducks.
Benn now has points in six straight games, including two goals and an assist in the playoffs so far. He's been hot for much longer than that, and the Ducks have not yet found a way to shut him down.
Robidas left Monday's Game 3 with a leg injury that does not look good, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.
There seems to be a consensus among reporters at the game that Robidas is very likely dealing with a serious injury. This looked like more of a knee issue, but it's probably worth noting that the blueliner suffered a broken tibia in the same right leg earlier this season. If Robidas can't play in Game 4 -- a likely outcome -- Luca Sbisa could join the lineup, after being a healthy scratch in each of the first three games.
04/21/14 - 7:59PM ETTyson Barrie
: Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL
Barrie will be out for four-to-six weeks due to a sprained MCL, Altitude TV's Marc Moser reports.
Minnesota's Matt Cooke, who isn't exactly known for clean play, caught Barrie with a knee-to-knee hit that looked rather intentional. The Avs will likely be without their up-and-coming blueliner for the rest of the playoffs, but Barrie would perhaps stand a chance to return should his team make a deep run.
Barrie left Monday's Game 3 against the Wild after taking a knee-to-knee hit from Minnesota's Matt Cooke, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. Barrie appears doubtful to return.
Cooke received a two-minute penalty for the hit, but it wouldn't be a surprised if he received some sort of suspension on what appeared to be a dirty play. Barrie's availability for future games in the series would seem to be in jeopardy as well, but we probably won't know the full extent of his injury until after Game 3. Barrie had two points and a plus-3 rating in the series prior to suffering the injury.
Morrow (foot) will be in the lineup for Monday's Game 3 against the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Morrow will be back in the lineup after missing Game 2, and should help provide reinforcements with captain David Backes sidelined with a head injury. Morrow finished the regular season with 13 goals, 12 assists, and 76 PIM in 71 games.
Paille (undisclosed injury) participated in Monday's optional skate, the Bruins' official site reports.
Paille, who remains in the day-to-day category, appears closer to a return to action than fellow forward Chris Kelly, but the speedy winger is still looking iffy for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Red Wings.
Bartkowski (illness) participated in Monday's optional skate, the Bruins' official site reports.
Bartkowski, who has missed the first two games of the Bruins' playoff series against the Red Wings, appears to have a decent shot to return to the team's lineup for Tuesday's Game 3, barring any setbacks.
Mitchell (head) traveled with the Avs to St. Paul for Games 3 and 4 against the Wild but will not play Monday, the Denver Post reports.
He still hasn't skated since suffering what is believed to be a concussion April 11 against the Sharks. Coach Patrick Roy added that Mitchell is feeling better and will resume exercising shortly, which is a step in the right direction when it comes to concussions. With the Avs firing on all cylinders in the first two games of the series without both Mitchell and superstar Matt Duchene, there is no immediate need for him to return. When he does, however, he'll likely be back in a third or fourth line depth role, as the Avs' top-six forward machine -- led by the line of Paul Stastny, Gabe Landeskog and Nate MacKinnon that combined for 10 points in Game 2 -- is looking like a juggernaut in the early going of the postseason.
Heatley will be in the lineup against the Avalanche on Monday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Heatley was a healthy scratch in the first two games of the Wild's opening-round playoff series, but will get a chance to dress in Game 3 in an attempt to give the team a spark, considering they're down two games to none. Heatley collected 12 goals and 16 assists in 76 games this season, but also ended with a minus-18 rating.
04/21/14 - 12:57PM ETKris Letang
: Removed From Top PP Unit
Letang has been removed from Pittsburgh's top power-play unit, according to the team's official site.
The Pens began the playoffs using Letang and Evgeni Malkin at the points, but after Columbus scored short-handed goals in both Game 1 and Game 2, the team has decided to take a more conservative approach.
Stamkos (head) is expected to play in Game 4 of Tampa Bay's playoff series Tuesday.
In Game 3 of the series, Stamkos took a knee to the back of the head, but did return to the match. The Lightning are currently sitting in a 3-0 hole against Montreal, and need their captain to play to have a chance at making this a series again.
Berglund (upper body) will suit up Monday against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The team will be without David Backes on Monday, so Berglund's return to the Blues' lineup couldn't happen at a better time as they try to open up a 3-0 cushion in their first-round playoff series against the Blackhawks.
Kuemper will start Monday's game against the Avalanche.
Kuemper, who took over for Ilya Bryzgalov in Saturday's loss to the Avs, appears past his upper body injury and will be making his first start for the team since March 27, with the Wild down 2-0 in their first-round playoff series.
Stamkos headed to the locker room during the second period of Sunday's game against Montreal after taking a knee to the back of the head.
We'll have to see if Stamkos returns to the game, but prior to his exit from the contest, he had assisted on Tampa Bay's only goal.
04/20/14 - 3:22PM ETTuukka Rask
: Allowed One Goal In Shutout Win
Rask made 34 saves on 35 shots in a Game 2 win over the Red Wings on Sunday.
Rask has only let in one goal in both games so far, although the series is now tied up at one game apiece. No surprise here from the NHL's best goalie.
04/20/14 - 3:22PM ETSteve Mason
: (Upper Body) To Practice Monday
Mason (upper body) is slated to practice Monday, CSN's Sarah Baicker reports.
Mason continues to inch closer to a return to action, but with Ray Emery having backstopped the Flyers' Game 2 win over the Rangers on Sunday, it's no lock that Mason would start Tuesday's Game 3, even if he is healthy enough to do so.
The Ducks have made rookie Frederik Andersen their top goalie for the postseason, with the experienced Jonas Hiller on hand as his backup. It would be risky for coach Bruce Boudreau to go with two rookie goalies in the postseason, so Gibson will remain in Norfolk for further seasoning.
04/20/14 - 12:55PM ETMatt Duchene
: (Knee) Will Skate Monday
Duchene (knee) will join the Avalanche for the two-game road swing in Minnesota, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Duchene will resume skating Monday, but it's still looking unlikely that he'll be available for Round 1. However, with the Avalanche already owning a commanding 2-0 lead, the series could end up going as few as four games, affording ample time for Duchene to rest up before Round 2 commences.
04/20/14 - 11:54AM ETChris Kelly
: (Back) Did Not Play Sunday
Kelly (back) will not play Sunday against the Red Wings, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
With Daniel Paille also unavailable Sunday, Justin Florek and Jordan Caron are slated to remain in the Bruins' forward mix Sunday against Detroit.
Seabrook was handed a three-game suspension Sunday for his illegal hit on the Blues' David Backes during Saturday's Game 2, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Seabrook was immediately ejected following the hit, and with Blues coach Ken Hitchcock sounding pessimistic about Backes' chances of being available for Game 3, the league office moved quickly to keep Seabrook off the ice as well. It's a big loss for the Blackhawks, as Seabrook had provided two points in each of the first two games of the series. They'll now be without his services until Game 6 while they try to overcome a 2-0 series deficit.
04/20/14 - 10:19AM ETNick Foligno
: (Knee) Hopes To PlayMonday
Foligno (knee) was able to skate on his own after Saturday's morning session, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Coach Todd Richards said afterwards that he hopes to have Foligno available for Monday's Game 3. He's missed the Blue Jackets' last seven games with the injury.
04/20/14 - 10:14AM ETBrenden Dillon
: (Lower Body) Will Not Play Monday
Dillon (lower body) will not rejoin the Stars' lineup for Monday's Game 3 against the Ducks, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
Dillon was able to skate before Sunday's practice, but it still looks like he's going to need some more time to recover from the lower-body injury. With the Stars already in a 2-0 hole in the series, it's possible we may not see Dillon again this season if the Ducks are able to clinch over the final two games.
Coach Dan Bylsma said Gibbons (undisclosed) is being considered day-to-day.
Bylsma didn't provide much illumination on the status of Gibbons, who was removed from Saturday's Game 2 in the second period with the undisclosed ailment. His two first-period goals but the Penguins in control of the game early, but the team ultimately surrendered the lead in the third period before losing in double overtime.
04/20/14 - 9:18AM ETDaniel Paille
: (Undisclosed) Skates On Saturday
Paille (undisclosed injury) skated for the second straight day Saturday, the Boston Herald reports.
Given that Paille skated with Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid -- who both are still in injury rehab mode -- it doesn't seem likely that the winger will suit up for Sunday's playoff game against the Red Wings.
Seabrook will have a hearing over the phone with the NHL for his hit on Blues' David Backes on Sunday that resulted in a game misconduct and knocking Backes out of the game, the NHL told the USA Today.
The turnaround on the decision should be pretty quick since both teams play Monday night. Also since it is a phone hearing, the suspension should be less than five games. Seabrook will probably face some form of discipline especially a suspension, but several factors will probably come into play especially how long Backes is out and also that Seabrook does not have a history of dirty hits. In addition, the league might also look at the fact Chicago has already suffered, since the five-minute major that Seabrook was also hit with resulted in the game being sent into overtime. Seabrook did provide a goal and an assist in the game prior to his ejection.
Palat (upper body/knee) participated in the morning skate on Sunday, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports.
Palat missed Game 2 after suffering a knee-to-knee collision in Game 1 and has been dealing with an upper body injury as well. The fact that he is skating on Sunday morning bodes well for his availability in Game 3, but there is still no guarantee he will play.