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Ben Smith with the Chicago Blackhawks

Ben Smith with the Chicago Blackhawks

May 8, 2014

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Montreal at Boston: Saturday, May 10 at 9:30 p.m. (ET)

Brian Boyle - New York Rangers, F
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs Pittsburgh (Trail series 3-1)
- Has played at least 16 shifts in each game against the Penguins, playing a series high of 22 shifts in the first game of the series ... recorded one shot on May 4.
Round 1 Playoffs vs Philadelphia (Won series 4-3)
- Saw action in all seven games against Philadelphia, finishing the series with one goal, two assists, nine shots and a +2 rating.

Brian Gibbons - Pittsburgh Penguins, F
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs New York (Lead series 3-1)
- Registered one assist on May 7 in a 4-2 win for his third point of the playoffs (2-1-3) ... has played in three of the games this series and seen an increase in time on the ice, playing more than 10 minutes per game ... is currently +2 in the series.
Round 1 Playoffs vs Columbus (Won series 4-2)
- Saw ice time in two of Pittsburgh's playoff games against Columbus ... Scored two goals, including one short-handed goal, and was named the No. 3 Star of the Game on April 19.

Brian Gionta - Montreal Canadiens, F
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs Boston (Lead series 2-1)
- Notched one assist in a 4-3 overtime win against the Bruins on May 1 and has fired seven shots in the series ... skated a playoffs-high 36 shifts for 25:35 on May 1.
Round 1 Playoffs vs Tampa Bay (Won series 4-0)
- Recorded one goal, short-handed, and two assists, tallying 13 shots and finishing +3 ... Played over 20 shifts per game in all four games against the Lightning.

Chris Kreider - New York Rangers, F
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs Pittsburgh (Trail series 3-1)
- Returned to action for the first time since March 21, playing 15:24 on May 7 ... Had one shot on goal.
Round 1 Playoffs vs Philadelphia (Won series 4-3)
- Missed the series due to a hand injury.

Brooks Orpik - Pittsburgh Penguins, D
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs New York (Lead series 3-1)
- Saw ice for the first time in the series on May 7 in Game 4 after suffering an undisclosed injury against Columbus, but left the game early with what appears to be a re-aggravated injury.
Round 1 Playoffs vs Columbus (Won series 4-2)
- Recorded one goal and one assist (his first-ever postseason short-handed assist), notched eight shots and reached a +5 plus/minus for the series ... Saw ice time in four of Pittsburgh's playoff games against Columbus.

Rob Scuderi - Pittsburgh Penguins, D
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs New York (Lead series 3-1)
- Tallied three shots in the series and has been on the ice for more than 20 minutes in two of the four games.
Round 1 Playoffs vs Columbus (Won series 4-2)
- Skated in his 100th playoff game on April 16 ... Played in all six Pittsburgh playoff games, averaging over 15 minutes per game.

Ben Smith - Chicago Blackhawks, F
Western Conference Quarterfinals vs Minnesota (Lead series 2-1)
- Notched his second career playoff assist on May 2 ... has two shots and a +1 plus/minus in the series ... skated 19:32 in Game 2, the second-highest ice time of his playoff career.
Round 1 Playoffs vs St. Louis (Won series 4-2)
- Recorded one goal and one assist, the first assist of his playoff career on April 23, and tallied 11 shots ... Registered a +4 plus/minus for the series ... Saw time in all six Chicago playoff games.

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