Veteran center Antoine Vermette didn't produce much for the Blackhawks immediately after they acquired him from Arizona at the trade deadline for a prospect and first-round draft pick. But Vermette – a healthy scratch in Chicago's first two playoff games – came through in Game 4 with a goal off of a deft pass redirection. More
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom came up clutch in overtime to tie his team's first-round series against the New York Islanders. After winning a draw in the offensive zone, Backstrom curled towards the blueline and fired a seeing-eye wristshot that found the back of the net.
The Tampa Bay Lightning had the best offense of any NHL team in the regular-season, but in Game 3 against the underdog Red Wings, they couldn't get a single goal past Petr Mrazek – and are now down 2-1 in the series – thanks to a 3-0 defeat Tuesday. The Wings are regularly counted out by skeptics, but they keep on finding ways to win.
Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson unloaded on New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky with a massive hit, knocking him out of the second period and possibly the rest of the game. Wilson was issued a minor for charging, but it seems unlikely there will be supplemental discipline.
If you talk to NHL players about the cream of the crop in the best hockey league on earth, you'll find Wings star Pavel Datsyuk's name mentioned often. And Tuesday in Game 3 of Detroit's first-round series with Tampa Bay, Datsyuk showed why he's so revered by fellow players – scoring on a slick, end-to-end rush without his stick touching the ice.
Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar and Calgary's Jiri Hudler have been named finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded to the league's most gentlemanly player. Datsyuk leads the pack with only eight penalty minutes this season, but Kopitar and Hudler are worthy adversaries for the four-time winner.
Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara had a rough 2014-15 season – including a knee injury and his team's first failure to make the playoffs since he arrived there in 2006 – and it was capped off Tuesday with news the 38-year-old defenseman suffered a broken left leg. The good news is he'll be ready for training camp.
Dustin Byfuglien's immature behavior over the past month has hurt the Jets, especially when they depend on him to be their best player.
The agitating right winger was part of a scary scene in Calgary as he was reportedly stretchered out of the dressing room after practice and taken away in an ambulance.
It’s our Playoff Preview, with full-page breakdowns on each team headed to the post-season: how they win, how they lose, depth charts, the stats you need to know and the inside scoop on who to take in your fantasy draft. Plus features on Carey Price, Vladimir Tarasenko, Rick Nash Vs. John Tavares and our Cup pick, the Tampa Bay Lightning.Buy now