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Chris Kreider scored a pair of goals for Team USA in a 4-1 win over Canada in the bronze-medal game of the 2018 World Championship.

Kreider opened the scoring and scored the second of two empty-net markers to seal the victory. Nick Bonino registered the game winner and Anders Lee had the other empty-netter in the contest.
May 20 - 12:25 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury has been superb during his three-game winning streak.

Fleury has posted a 1.67 goals-against average and .951 save percentage during that span. "I feel good," he said. "Every game is different a bit. Obviously, my teammates are playing great in front of me too. They're helping me out around the net. Got some wins out of it. Yeah, it's been alright." Fleury and the Golden Knights can advance to the Stanley Cup Final with a win over Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon.
May 20 - 11:48 AM

Steve Mason (undisclosed) wasn't in the lineup for Game 4 against Vegas.

It's unclear if Mason is dealing with an injury or an illness and his status is uncertain for Game 5 on Sunday afternoon. The only update coach Paul Maurice provided was when said: "He wasn't available for the game." If Mason can't suit up then Michael Hutchinson will serve as Connor Hellebuyck's backup goalie again.
May 20 - 11:17 AM

Josh Morrissey spent some time alongside Dustin Byfuglien in Game 4 against Vegas.

Morrissey has formed a solid shutdown pairing with Jacob Trouba throughout the postseason, but the decision to break them up as made to try to kick-start Winnipeg's offense. "We know that (Mark) Scheifele and (Blake) Wheeler and (Kyle) Connor have a big bulk of puck-control time in the offensive group and when you're heavy man-to-man as (the Golden Knights) are, it has to become a five-man group," coach Paul Maurice explained. "We like Trouba and Morrissey in that, but it's clearly where Dustin Byfuglien excels, so we just changed that. It was an offensive mindset." Morrissey and Trouba will probably be back together for the start of Game 5 on Sunday afternoon.
May 20 - 11:12 AM

Jaden Schwartz's upper-body issue is a right shoulder injury.

Schwartz suffered the injury at the IIHF World Championship while playing for Team Canada. Blues GM Doug Armstrong said it's not projected to be a long-term problem and it will not require surgery. Schwartz is expected to be ready for training camp.
May 20 - 11:01 AM

It took some time for Miro Aaltonen to adjust to playing hockey in North America, so he didn't mind earning his stripes in the AHL.

"The first couple of months were hard, but I learned how to play here," said Aaltonen. "Of course, my goal was to play in the NHL, but I didn't make it this year. It's fine. I've been playing here (with the Marlies). But my goal is to play in the NHL. I'm just working on my game and hoping for next year." The 24-year-old forward recorded 20 goals and 43 points in 64 games with Toronto's AHL affiliate in 2017-18. He also has seven points in 10 postseason outings. Aaltonen centers Toronto's top line between Andreas Johnsson and Carl Grundstrom. He could be a candidate for a bottom-six forward spot on the Maple Leafs next year.
May 20 - 10:54 AM

Gustav Forsling isn't upset that he was unable to stick with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2017-18.

"I just tried to think positive and do as best as I can down here and try to get back up as fast as possible," said Forsling, who spent the second half of the campaign in the minors. "I'm still very young, I just wanted to keep developing down here. I know what it takes to be up there, I have to be more reliable every night. They want me to play my game and sometimes it's a good thing to get sent down to get your confidence back and keep playing your game. I think I've been more stable defensively. I think I've taken steps and I think they can trust me back there, so it feels good." He had a great start to the year and played in 41 games with the big club. Forsling, who is only 21 years of age, will try to secure his spot on the back end next season.
May 20 - 10:46 AM

Victor Ejdsell has impressed Chicago since his acquisition from Nashville at the trade deadline.

"Terrific shot. High, high hockey IQ," said Mark Bernard, who serves as the Blackhawks' senior director of minor league affiliations. "The pace of his game as we continue to play has continued to get better and better, I think that's just adapting to the smaller ice surface where things happen a little quicker, he has to make his decisions a little faster. But very high hockey IQ, great release and we're glad he's on our side right now." He had one assist in six outings with Chicago. Ejdsell has elevated his game during Rockford's AHL playoff run with five goals and eight points in eight games. He was told to work on his strength and speed over the summer. Ejdsell will compete for a roster spot with the Blackhawks at training camp.
May 20 - 10:40 AM

Nikita Kucherov contributed one assist in Saturday's Game 5 victory over Washington.

Kucherov had the lone helper on Ondrej Palat's sixth goal of the postseason. Kucherov has been held off the scoresheet just one time in his last seven outings. He has two goals and five assists during that span.
May 20 - 10:21 AM

Chris Kunitz posted an assist in a 3-2 win over Washington on Saturday night.

The trio of Kunitz, Ryan Callahan and Cedric Paquette was the best for the Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. Paquette opened the scoring 19 seconds into the contest and Callahan's goal 33 seconds into the second period held up as the game winner. Kunitz's helper came on Callahan's goal and it was his first point in 15 games during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
May 20 - 10:18 AM

Anton Stralman earned an assist in Saturday's 3-2 win over Washington during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Stralman picked up an assist on Ryan Callahan's second-period goal, which held up as the game winner, when his shot ricocheted off the Lightning forward from a rebound and went into the net. Stralman has five points in 15 playoff matches this year.
May 20 - 10:14 AM

Ryan McDonagh logged 22:49 of ice time in Saturday's 3-2 win in Game 5 against Washington.

McDonagh's playing time ranked on the Lightning on Saturday behind only Victor Hedman (24:50). He posted a plus-1 rating, one shot, three blocks and three hits in the contest. McDonagh hasn't earned a point in seven straight games, but he has continued to play a key role on Tampa Bay's back end. He helped the Lightning fend off the Capitals' late-game comeback attempt.
May 20 - 10:04 AM

According to multiple reports, David Quinn is expected to become the next coach of the New York Rangers.

An official announcement could come as soon as Monday after Rangers GM Jeff Gorton returns from Denmark, where he is scouting at the 2018 World Championship. Quinn has led Boston University to the Hockey East championship and an NCAA runner-up finish in 2014-15. He does have experience in the NHL when he worked as an assistant with the Colorado Avalanche in 2012-13 before he went back to the college ranks.
May 20 - 9:47 AM

Matt Niskanen was not pleased with himself after the Capitals 3-2 loss on Saturday.

Niskanen was on the ice for all three Tampa Bay goals and blamed himself for the loss. "First three goals are all my fault," Niskanen said. "I had a tough first 20:30 so I've got to be better next game." The usually reliable defenseman is part of the top pairing with Dmitry Orlov and knows they will have to be better for Game 6 Monday. "A lot of people counted us out when we were down 0-2 in the first round. Things got hard in the last series where we could have melted and we just kept playing. So that's what we've got to do again, bring our best effort for Game 6 at home, win a game and then we'll go from there. But we're focused on bringing our best game of the season for Game 6 and we'll be ready to go."
May 20 - 6:47 AM

Evgeny Kutnetsov set a Washington Capitals record for most points in a playoff season Saturday.

Kuznetsov picked up his 22nd point of the post-season with a goal Saturday to break Alex Ovechkin's mark of 21 set in 2009. Kuznetsov leads the NHL points race, one ahead of Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel and Winnipeg's Blake Wheeler. It has been an outstanding playoff for Kuznetsov who should be a fairly high pick in most drafts next season.
May 20 - 6:42 AM



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