Gustavsson regains composure, sets Wild saves record in Game 1
Goalie stopped 51 shots in double-OT victory against Stars, 1st postseason startby Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer
DALLAS -- Filip Gustavsson knew he had to get his composure back during the second intermission.
Burns has instant impact in Hurricanes' Game 1 win against Islanders
Defenseman has 2 assists in Stanley Cup Playoff debut for Carolina in Eastern 1st Roundby Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Brent Burns missed this.
Maple Leafs players with Toronto-area roots embrace playoff pressure
'Can't escape' recent postseason struggles entering 1st round against Lightningby Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer
TORONTO -- Try as they might, a significant number of Toronto Maple Leafs players can't hide from the beleaguered history of a franchise that has not won the Stanley Cup since 1967.
Schenn, Maple Leafs ready for familiar foe in Lightning
Defenseman won Stanley Cup twice with Tampa Bay, which eliminated Toronto in 1st round last seasonby Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer
TORONTO -- Luke Schenn knows what the Toronto Maple Leafs can expect from the Tampa Bay Lightning when they face off in the Eastern Conference First Round.
Vanecek ready to take Devils playoff mantle from Brodeur against Rangers
3-time Stanley Cup winner has confidence in goalie heading into 1st roundby Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. -- Vitek Vanecek had something in common with Hockey Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur in his first season with the New Jersey Devils.
Maple Leafs aware Point will be 'a lot to contend with'
Lightning forward's speed, ability to control puck present 'tough challenge' in Eastern Conference 1st Roundby Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Independent Correspondent
TORONTO -- Brayden Point scored 51 goals for the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, 10 more than his previous NHL career high, yet the forward's accomplishment seemed to fly under the radar.
Shesterkin in top form, Rangers set for deep run in Stanley Cup Playoffs
After rough patches, goalie back in zone heading into postseasonby Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Igor Shesterkin stared straight ahead, talked with a low voice and with few words, some audible, some not. He didn't laugh as he usually does when he does an interview in English. He didn't smile. There was no self-deprecation, no joking around.
Zizing 'Em Up: Bruins coach Montgomery's road back began with Blues
Got 2nd chance, thriving entering playoffs after being fired by Stars for 'unprofessional conduct'by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer
NHL.com staff writer Mike Zeisberger has been covering the NHL regularly since 1999. Each Sunday during the season, he will use his extensive network of hockey contacts to write his weekly notes column, "Zizing 'Em Up."
Oilers ready for familiar opponent in Kings, McDavid says
Edmonton eliminated Los Angeles in 7 games in Western Conference 1st Round last seasonby Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Independent Correspondent
EDMONTON -- Although Connor McDavid just had the best offensive season in the NHL since 1995-96, finishing with a career-high 153 points (64 goals, 89 assists), he's viewing the Stanley Cup Playoffs as a reset.
Jack Hughes is Devils' 'lead horse' in playoffs, Nieuwendyk says
Hall of Famer believes center has emerged as leader after breakout seasonby Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. -- Joe Nieuwendyk is a big believer in New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes.