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Date Player News
4/22/2014 Martin St. Louis, RW New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis, San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau and Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly are finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy.

Analysis: St. Louis was selected a finalist for the eighth time in 10 years on Tuesday. He won it last year and in both 2011 and 2010 while playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lady Byng honors a person in the league who plays at a high level with good sportsmanship. The NHL will announce the winner of all of its awards on June 24 in Las Vegas.
4/22/2014 Daniel Alfredsson, RW Alfredsson has a back injury.

Analysis: Alfredsson's status for the next game is not known.
4/22/2014 Kari Lehtonen, G Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his first career postseason victory, and the Dallas Stars beat Anaheim 3-0 on Monday night in their first home playoff game in six years.

Analysis: Lehtonen had been 0-4 in the playoffs, including two losses with Atlanta in 2007, with a 4.58 goals-against average and .858 save percentage.
4/22/2014 Corey Crawford, G Crawford made 34 saves, and the Chicago Blackhawks got back into their playoff series with the St. Louis Blues with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night.

Analysis: It was the third career postseason shutout for last year's Stanley Cup-winning goaltender. He had one in 23 games in 2013.
4/22/2014 Darcy Kuemper, G Kuemper helped lead the Wild to a 1-0 overtime win over Colorado on Monday night, which cut their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Analysis: Kuemper made 22 saves in his first career playoff start.
4/22/2014 Mikael Granlund, C Granlund's diving goal 5:08 into overtime gave the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 Monday night to pull within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Analysis: It was the first postseason goal for the Minnesota center.
4/21/2014 Tyson Barrie, D Barrie will miss the rest of the first-round playoff series against Minnesota and more. Barrie had 13 goals and 25 assists in the regular season.

Analysis: Coach Patrick Roy said after the Wild's 1-0 overtime win Monday that Barrie has a medial collateral ligament injury in his left knee and will need four to six weeks to recover. Barrie was hurt in the second period when Wild left wing Matt Cooke delivered a knee-on-knee hit on the open ice. Roy said the play warranted more punishment than Cooke's two-minute minor penalty.
4/21/2014 Stephane Robidas, D Robidas broke his right leg Monday in an eerie replay of his last game in Dallas when he still played for the Stars.

Analysis: Robidas had to be helped off the ice after his right leg bent awkwardly when a sliding Ryan Garbutt of Dallas undercut him and knocked him to the ice early in the second period in Game 3. The team said the latest fracture was just above the one he sustained Nov. 29 when Dallas was playing Chicago. He was traded to the Ducks in March.
4/21/2014 Sheldon Brookbank, D Brookbank will replace suspended Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the lineup for Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues.

Analysis: Brookbank had two goals and five assists in 48 games this season. He hasn't played since Chicago's 7-5 loss at Nashville in the season finale April 12.
4/21/2014 David Backes, C Backes has been ruled out for Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks because of an upper-body injury.

Analysis: Backes was wiped out by a big hit from Blackhawks defenseman Bren Seabrook in the third period of St. Louis' 4-3 overtime victory Saturday. The captain was helped off the ice and did not return. Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty. He then was suspended for three games by the NHL.
4/21/2014 Ilya Bryzgalov, G The Minnesota Wild have switched goalies for Game 3 of their playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche, giving Darcy Kuemper the start instead of Ilya Bryzgalov.

Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo confirmed the change after the pre-game morning skate on Monday. Yeo pulled Bryzgalov for Kuemper midway through the second period on Saturday when the Wild fell behind 3-1. The Avalanche won the first two games of the series.
4/21/2014 Darcy Kuemper, G The Minnesota Wild have switched goalies for Game 3 of their playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche, giving Darcy Kuemper the start instead of Ilya Bryzgalov.

Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo confirmed the change after the pre-game morning skate on Monday. Yeo pulled Bryzgalov for Kuemper midway through the second period on Saturday when the Wild fell behind 3-1. The Avalanche won the first two games of the series.
4/21/2014 Joe Pavelski, C Pavelski matched his career postseason high with three points in a 7-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Kings.

Analysis: Pavelski had a goal and two assists while helping the San Jose Sharks rally for a 2-0 lead in the opening-round series. He's had three points in five of his 76 playoff games.
4/20/2014 Ryan Johansen, C Johansen had a goal and an assist for the Jackets on Saturday.

Analysis: Johansen looks like a budding star in the making. The series is tied at one game apiece and shifts to Nationwide Arena for Game 3.
4/20/2014 Sidney Crosby, C Crosby had two assists for the Pens on Saturday.

Analysis: Crosby has three assists in the series.
4/20/2014 Brian Gibbons, C Gibbons scored twice for the Pens on Saturday.

Analysis: Gibbons had five goals all season so no one saw these two coming.
4/20/2014 Brent Seabrook, D Seabrook has been suspended for three games for his hit on Blues center David Backes during their first-round playoff series. The NHL announced the punishment Sunday, Seabrook's 29th birthday.

Analysis: Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for a vicious elbow to Backes' head late in the third period of Saturday's Game 2. Backes had to be helped off the ice and did not return during St. Louis' 4-3 overtime victory.
4/19/2014 Kevan Miller, D Miller has the flu.

Analysis: It's uncertain when he'll return to the ice.
4/19/2014 Brenden Morrow, LW Morrow is dealing with a foot injury.

Analysis: It's uncertain how much playoff time he will miss.
4/19/2014 David Backes, C St. Louis rallied Saturday after Chicago's Brent Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty for his hit on Backes that could lead to a suspension for one of Chicago's top defensemen.

Analysis: The Blues captain had to be helped off the ice, went straight to the locker room and did not return for the extra period. His future playoff status is uncertain.
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