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Date Player
5/25/2016 Jared McCann, Van, C
The Florida Panthers traded defenseman Erik Gudbranson to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night for McCann.

Analysis: McCann just turned 20 earlier this month. He had nine goals and nine assists for Vancouver this season. The Canucks got him with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
5/25/2016 Erik Gudbranson, Fla, D
The Florida Panthers traded Gudbranson to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night for forward Jared McCann.

Analysis: Gudbranson spent all five of his NHL seasons with the Panthers, and signed a deal for the 2016-17 season this month. He had 11 goals and 32 assists in 309 games with Florida, helping the team reach the playoffs twice after being the No. 3 overall selection in the 2010 draft.
5/24/2016 Marc-Andre Fleury, Pit, G
The Pittsburgh Penguins will start rookie goaltender Matt Murray instead of Fleury for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference championship series. Coach Mike Sullivan made the decision Tuesday, with the Penguins facing elimination for the first time this postseason. Tampa Bay holds a 3-2 series lead and is seeking to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year.

Analysis: Murray started the first four games of the series. Fleury replaced him during the third period of Game 4, then started and allowed four goals in a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 5. Sullivan said he was switching back to Murray because "just like we make all our lineup decisions, we try to put players on the ice that we think give us the best chance to win." Before Game 5, Fleury had not started a game since March 31, when he suffered a concussion.
5/24/2016 Matt Murray, Pit, G
The Pittsburgh Penguins are turning to Murray with their season on the line against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final. Coach Mike Sullivan made the decision Tuesday, with the Penguins facing elimination for the first time this postseason. Tampa Bay holds a 3-2 series lead and is seeking to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year.

Analysis: Murray started the first four games of the series. Marc-Andre Fleury replaced him during the third period of Game 4, then started and allowed four goals in a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 5. Sullivan said he was switching back to Murray because "just like we make all our lineup decisions, we try to put players on the ice that we think give us the best chance to win."
5/24/2016 Seth Griffith, Bos, C
The Boston Bruins signed Griffith to a one-year, two-way contract carrying a cap figure of $625,000.

Analysis: Griffith appeared in four games for Boston this season, registering one assist.
5/24/2016 Kevan Miller, Bos, D
The Bruins signed Miller to a four-year contract extension Tuesday. The defenseman's deal will run through the 2019-20 season and have a cap figure of $2.5 million per year. He entered the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Miller just completed his third season in Boston, appearing in a career-high 71 games. He also set career highs with five goals, 13 assists and 18 points.
5/24/2016 Joel Ward, SJ, RW
Ward scored two goals Monday as San Jose took a 3-2 lead over St. Louis in the Western Conference championship series.

Analysis: Ward had one goal in his 10 games before the 6-3 victory.
5/24/2016 Joe Pavelski, SJ, C
Pavelski tallied two goals, including the go-ahead score in the opening minute of the third period, and one assist Monday as San Jose took a 3-2 lead over St. Louis in the Western Conference championship series.

Analysis: Pavelski extended his playoff point streak to six games in the 6-3 win. He leads the NHL with 12 goals in this postseason and has matched teammate's Logan Couture's 21 points.
5/24/2016 Jake Allen, StL, G
The St. Louis Blues are going back to goaltender Brian Elliott for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Analysis: Allen has started the last two games and made 21 saves in a 6-3 Game 5 loss that included two empty-net goals. The Sharks have a 3-2 series lead and are seeking their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals. The Blues are in the conference finals for the first time since 2001. Elliott started every game of the playoffs before Hitchcock switched to Allen for Game 4. The two split duties during the season.
5/24/2016 Brian Elliott, StL, G
The St. Louis Blues are going back to Elliott for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Analysis: Jake Allen has started the last two games and made 21 saves in a 6-3 Game 5 loss that included two empty-net goals. The Sharks have a 3-2 series lead and are seeking their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals. The Blues are in the conference finals for the first time since 2001. Elliott started every game of the playoffs before Hitchcock switched to Allen for Game 4. The two split duties during the season.
5/23/2016 Tyler Johnson, TB, C
Johnson gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals by scoring 53 seconds into overtime in Sunday's Game 5.

Analysis: Johnson has a goal in each of the last three games of this series and added an assist on Sunday, giving him seven goals and 10 helpers in 15 games during these playoffs.
5/23/2016 Sidney Crosby, Pit, C
Crosby was shut out again as the Penguins suffered a damaging 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Analysis: The star center had a goal in each of Pittsburgh's two wins in this series and just one assist in its three losses. The Penguins are going to need more from their captain to stave off elimination.
5/23/2016 Nikita Kucherov, TB, RW
Kucherov sparked Sunday's comeback win at Pittsburgh in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals by recording two goals and an assist.

Analysis: The talented wing's second of the night forged a 3-3 tie and he earned an assist on Tyler Johnson's decider in overtime. Kucherov now has a league-leading 11 goals in 15 games this postseason.
5/23/2016 Robby Fabbri, StL, C
Captain David Backes and Fabbri are in the St. Louis Blues lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. Backes and Fabbri were injured in Game 4. Both were cleared to play after the pre-game skate.

Analysis: Backes missed the final two periods with an upper-body injury and Fabbri had just two shifts in the third period of a 6-3 victory that tied the series at 2-2.
5/23/2016 David Backes, StL, C
Backes and rookie Robby Fabbri are in the St. Louis Blues lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. Backes and Fabbri were injured in Game 4. Both were cleared to play after the pre-game skate.

Analysis: Backes missed the final two periods with an upper-body injury and Fabbri had just two shifts in the third period of a 6-3 victory that tied the series at 2-2.
5/22/2016 Matt Murray, Pit, G
Murray has been benched in favor of Marc-Andre Fleury for Sunday's Game 5 of the Penguins' Eastern Conference finals series with Tampa Bay.

Analysis: The 21-year-old rookie played well in place of an injured Fleury to help Pittsburgh advance in the first two rounds, but struggled in Friday's 4-3 loss in Game 4. Murray allowed four goals on 30 shots before being replaced by Fleury to begin the third period.
5/22/2016 Marc-Andre Fleury, Pit, G
Fleury will return to the Penguins' crease for Sunday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Analysis: It will be the veteran's first start since he sustained a concussion against Nashville on March 31. Rookie Matt Murray had been excellent in his place during these playoffs until Friday's Game 4 loss to Tampa Bay, where he was pulled in favor of Fleury after allowing four goals on 30 shots.
5/21/2016 Trevor Daley, Pit, D
The Penguins announced Daley has a broken ankle and will miss the remainder of the postseason.

Analysis: Daley was injured following a collision with Tampa Bay's Ryan Callahan during the second period of Friday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. It's a big loss for the Penguins, as Daley has logged more minutes than any Pittsburgh player except Kris Letang during these playoffs.
5/21/2016 Patric Hornqvist, Pit, RW
Hornqvist played after missing the closing minutes of Game 3, when he was shaken up blocking a shot.

Analysis: He was a minus-2 in 16 minutes Friday.
5/20/2016 Jake Allen, StL, G
Coach Ken Hitchcock said Friday that Allen will get the nod on Saturday against the San Jose Sharks when the Blues try to even the series at two games apiece. Elliott has started all 17 games this postseason for St. Louis.

Analysis: Allen started all six games last postseason for St. Louis when he allowed 2.20 goals per game and posted a .904 save percentage in a first-round loss to Minnesota. Elliott was pulled in the third period of a 3-0 loss in Game 3 on Thursday night after allowing his third goal on 14 shots.
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