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Date Player
5/25/2017 Sami Vatanen, Anh, D
Vatanen needs shoulder surgery and will be out for possibly six months, the Ducks announced Thursday.

Analysis: Vatanen had 24 points in 71 regular-season games and six points while appearing in 12 of the Ducks' 17 playoff contests.
5/25/2017 Hampus Lindholm, Anh, D
Lindholm needs shoulder surgery and will be out for four to five months, the Ducks announced Thursday.

Analysis: Lindholm appeared in 66 regular-season games and had 20 points before registering a goal and three assists while playing in all 17 playoff contests.
5/24/2017 Matt Murray, Pit, G
Murray finished with 28 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Sens in Game 6 of the East finals.

Analysis: The 22-year-old, who replaced Marc-Andre Fleury after Game 3, made maybe his finest save of the first on Derick Brassard, who found an open lane down the middle of the ice following a pass from Ryan.
5/24/2017 Evgeni Malkin, Pit, C
Malkin scored in Pittsburgh's 2-1 loss to the Senators in Game 6 of the East finals.

Analysis: It was the 153rd career playoff point in 142 games for Malkin - three back of Sidney Crosby for second among active players behind Jaromir Jagr - who had been jarring with Hoffman a few minutes earlier.
5/24/2017 Mike Hoffman, Ott, LW
Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Tuesday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Analysis: Hoffman fired a slap shot through traffic off a pass from Fredrik Claesson to put the Senators ahead at 1:34 of the third.
5/24/2017 Craig Anderson, Ott, G
Anderson stopped 45 shots, Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Tuesday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Analysis: The 36-year-old Anderson was coming off a pair of rough outings, including Sunday when he was pulled after yielding four goals in Ottawa's 7-0 loss in Game 5 at Pittsburgh.
5/23/2017 Pekka Rinne, Nsh, G
Rinne made 38 saves in the 6-3 win over the Ducks in Monday's Game 6 clincher of the West finals.

Analysis: He has a 1.70 goals-against average in the playoffs.
5/23/2017 Austin Watson, Nsh, LW
Watson had two goals in the Game 6 clincher of the West finals against the Ducks on Monday.

Analysis: Three of his four goals in the playoffs have come in the last two games.
5/23/2017 Pontus Aberg, Nsh, LW
Aberg had two points in the Game 6 West final clincher for the Predators.

Analysis: Three of his four points in the playoffs have come in the last two games.
5/23/2017 Colton Sissons, Nsh, C
Sissons scored his third goal with 6:00 left, and the Predators eliminated the Anaheim Ducks with a 6-3 win in Game 6 on Monday night in the Western Conference finals.

Analysis: He had seven points in the playoffs coming into this game.
5/22/2017 Sidney Crosby, Pit, C
Crosby had a goal in his third straight game and added an assist in Sunday's Game 5 rout of the Senators.

Analysis: He's the 22nd player in NHL history to reach 100 career playoff assists.
5/22/2017 Craig Anderson, Ott, G
Anderson allowed four goals on 14 shots in 18 1/2 minutes of a 7-0 loss to the Penguins in Game 5 on Sunday.

Analysis: Coach Guy Boucher said Anderson will start Game 6.
5/22/2017 Matt Murray, Pit, G
Murray made 25 saves in the 7-0 rout of Ottawa in Game 5 on Sunday.

Analysis: He's stopped 49 of 51 shots while starting the last two games.
5/22/2017 Carter Rowney, Pit, RW
Rowney had three assists in Game 5 on Sunday against the Senators.

Analysis: These are his first points of the playoffs.
5/22/2017 Evgeni Malkin, Pit, C
Malkin had three assists in Sunday's Game 5 rout of the Senators.

Analysis: He had two points in the series heading into this contest.
5/22/2017 Nick Bonino, Pit, C
Bonino had two assists in Sunday's Game 5 rout of the Senators.

Analysis: He only has five points in the postseason.
5/21/2017 Pekka Rinne, Nsh, G
Rinne made 32 saves in Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Ducks in Game 5.

Analysis: He has a 1.62 goals-against average in the playoffs.
5/21/2017 Pontus Aberg, Nsh, LW
Aberg scored his first career playoff goal with 8:59 to play, and the Predators moved to the brink of their first Stanley Cup Final with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks to take a 3-2 series lead Saturday night.

Analysis: Aberg spent most of the season in the minors, and he had a part-time depth role for the Nashville Predators in these Stanley Cup playoffs until injuries thrust him into a key role in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
5/20/2017 John Gibson, Anh, G
Gibson sat out Monday as the Ducks were eliminated by the Predators in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

Analysis: He had stopped all 10 shots he faced in Game 5 before exiting with a lower-body injury. Gibson finished 10-6 with a 2.59 GAA in the postseason.
5/20/2017 Rickard Rakell, Anh, C
Rakell (lower-body injury) sat out Monday as the Ducks were eliminated by the Predators in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

Analysis: Rakell had 33 goals and 18 assists in his breakthrough regular season, becoming the first player other than Corey Perry to lead the Ducks in goals since 2010. He had seven goals and six assists in 15 postseason games, including a goal in the overtime victory in Game 4 of the conference finals.
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