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6 months agoColorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen scored a power-play goal late in the third period of Game 4 against the Calgary Flames to force overtime, and then he registered the game-winning tally midway through OT on Wednesday night. The Avalanche now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 with a closeout game coming up on Friday night in Calgary. Rantanen was blanked in the Game 1 loss in Calgary, but he has registered three consecutive multi-point games with three goals, six points and a plus-two rating.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoColorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. He improved to 3-1-0 with a 2.10 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in the series, including a three-game winning streak in this series. The best-of-seven series shifts back to Calgary on Friday night, as Grubauer and the Flames will be looking to dispatch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoCalgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith allowed three goals on 52 shots in Wednesday's Game 4 overtime loss against the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. He has made 99 saves across the past two games, losing both starts. Smith was briefly shaken up when he was hit in the leg by a skate in the first period. He was checked by the training staff before being allowed to continue. The series shifts back to Calgary for Game 5 on Friday night, and the Flames are looking to stave off elimination.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoDallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop allowed just one goal on 35 shots in the Game 4 victory of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Wednesday night in a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators. Bishop improved to 2-2-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in the best-of-seven series, which shifts back to Nashville on Saturday afternoon in a nationally-televised contest. He has allowed two or fewer goals in three of the four outings in this series.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoDallas Stars left wing Roope Hintz registered a pair of goals in Wednesday's 5-1 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Nashville Predators, squaring the series at 2-2. One of Hintz's goals came on the power play, and right wing Alexander Radulov and right wing Mats Zuccarello also added power-play goals in the home victory. Defenseman John Klingberg registered three helpers and a plus-two rating, while Esa Lindell was good for two apples and a plus-one. Game 5 shifts back to Nashville on Saturday afternoon.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoNashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne allowed four goals on just eight shots through 13:45 of Game 4 against the Dallas Stars, as Juuse Saros came on and finished up. Saros allowed just one goal on 21 shots in the 5-1 loss on Wednesday night in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, as the Stars fought back to tie the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. The series will shift back to the Music City for Game 5 and you can expect Rinne to be back between the pipes looking for redemption on Saturday afternoon.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoToronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews registered a pair of goals with a plus-one rating and a game-high seven shots on goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Boston Bruins, but the Leafs still lost 6-4 as the B's tied up the best-of-seven series at 2-2. Matthews has posted back-to-back multi-point games after being blanked in the first two games of the series in Boston. That's where the series shifts back to for Game 5 on Friday night.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoBoston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask allowed four goals on 42 shots in his team's Game 4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. He is now 2-2-0 with a 2.78 goals-against average and .921 save percentage through the first four games of this series. He has yielded at least three goals in three of the four contests. The series shifts back to Boston for a pivotal Game 5 on Friday night, as this series has now become a best-of-three.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoBoston Bruins center Brad Marchand registered a goal with two assists and a plus-three rating in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Left wing David Pastrnak also added two goals with a team-high six shots on net, while defenseman Charlie McAvoy notched a goal, an assist and a plus-two rating with three hits as the Bruins evened up the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. The series shifts back to Beantown on Friday for Game 5, and Marchand, Pastrnak and McEvoy are all strong DFS plays for that one.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoVegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty put on a show in Game 4 against San Jose, recording four points in a 5-0 win. He had two goals -- one on a power play -- and two assists, notching the game-winner and leading the team with seven shots. Pacioretty has so far collected multiple points in every game of the series, topping the playoff scoring charts alongside teammate Mark Stone with 10 points. Stone had two assists on Tuesday. Reilly Smith, Nate Schmidt and Shea Theodore also picked up multiple points. The Sharks clearly need to stop Pacioretty's line to have a chance in the series. --Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoVegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was unbeatable for the San Jose Sharks in Tuesday's Game 4, registering his 15th career playoff shutout with 28 saves. The Flower was extremely busy in the opening period, facing 18 shots, but things calmed down in the end as San Jose managed only two shots in the final frame. Fleury had a rough start to the playoffs, giving up four goals in Game 1, but he's steadily improved through the series. The team finding its offense has been a nice boost as well, as the Knights have scored 16 goals in the last three games.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoSt. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a second consecutive game on Tuesday, giving the team a lead in Game 4 against Winnipeg. Having opened his account in the series with a power-play goal in Game 3, Tarasenko struck with the man advantage again at the start of the third with Alex Pietrangelo and Ryan O'Reilly assisting on the play. Sadly for the Blues, they couldn't build on the lead and ended up losing in overtime. Ahead of Game 5, St. Louis will be looking for more from their forwards. David Perron and Oskar Sundqvist lead the pack with three points, while Pietrangelo is the overall points leader in the playoffs with five.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoWinnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor and the rest of the top line produced the goods in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime victory against St. Louis, which tied the first-round series between the two at 2-2. Connor netted the game-winner in overtime and recorded his second consecutive two-point night with an assist, Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist as well and Blake Wheeler finished with two assists. Connor Hellebuyck did an outstanding job between the pipes, saving 31 of 32 shots to generate a .969 save percentage. The Jets have done incredibly well to erase a two-game deficit and they now have all the momentum with the series going back to Winnipeg. Connor, Scheifele, Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien all have five points already.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoDallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin had a very busy night at the office on Monday against Nashville, scoring the team's second goal in a 3-2 loss and finishing with 11 shots. Mats Zuccarello also scored for the Stars. Alexander Radulov, who had an assist on Seguin's goal, registered eight shots on goal. Amazingly, Seguin didn't have a single shot that missed the target. He had managed just five shots in total in the two previous games in the series. Seguin has now picked up points in back-to-back games, which will provide some nice momentum ahead of Wednesday's Game 4.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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6 months agoNashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne saved 40 of 42 shots on Monday, helping the team beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in Game 3 of the first-round series. With his 45th career playoff win, Rinne tied Tony Esposito for 24th place on the NHL's all-time list. Filip Forsberg, Mikael Granlund and Rocco Grimaldi scored the goals for Nashville. The latter has now scored in back-to-back games. Rinne is off to a strong start in the postseason. It's been a very tight series so far and he's given his team a chance to win in every game, producing a 1.98 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN

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