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Fantasy: Playoff X-factor for each team in 2018

Sharks could get Thornton back in second round; Copp chipping in for Jets; Golden Knights need more from Perron

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

NHL.com has identified a potential X-factor from each Stanley Cup Playoff team to help round out your postseason roster or provide value in DFS contests.

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Hertl healthy, contributing for Sharks in playoffs

Forward scored three goals in first-round sweep of Ducks after multiple knee injuries

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE --Tomas Hertl was in his third game as a rookie with the San Jose Sharks four seasons ago when he scored four goals in a 9-2 victory against the New York Rangers at SAP Center, capped by a between-the-legs, backhand goal.

Hertl, a forward, had seven goals in his first five games and 15 in his first 32. His NHL trajectory was pointed straight up until a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown on Dec. 9, 2013, knocked him off course.

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POSTGAME 5: All good things come to an end

Flyers fall to Penguins, 8-5, in Game 6 to end memorable season

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / NHL.com

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Sean Couturier nets a hat trick and five-point game, but so did Jake Guentzel who had four goals and led the Penguins to an 8-5 win in Game 6 to end the First Round Series at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.

Couturier helped the Flyers to a 2-2 tie after the first, and 4-4 stalemate after the second period with Scott Laughton and Andrew MacDonald also providing goals. Guentzel netted four straight goals and added an assist, while Kris Letang, Patric Hornqvist and Sidney Crosby all recorded three points for the Penguins.

Matt Murray stopped 21 of 26 shots, while Michal Neuvirth allowed seven goals on 28 shots in the loss.

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Neuvirth getting another chance to be playoff savior for Flyers

Goaltender keeping Philadelphia's season alive with play against Penguins

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Maybe this time, Michal Neuvirth will get enough help to truly be the Philadelphia Flyers savior.

Neuvirth, playing in his first full game since Feb. 16 because of a pair of lower-body injuries, gave the Flyers a chance to come back in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins by making 30 saves in a 4-2 win in Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena.

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POSTGAME 5: Couturi-yay!

Giroux, Couturier power Flyers in Game 5 win to send series back to Philly

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / NHL.com

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HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
A gutsy effort from Sean Couturier, as well as the game-winning goal with 1:15 left in regulation, gave the Flyers life in a 4-2 win in Game 5 on Friday night in Pittsburgh. The win forces a Sunday matinee at the Wells Fargo Center for Game 6.

Claude Giroux scored his first goal of the playoffs with 2:31 left in the first period to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead, but Pittsburgh pulled ahead in the second on goals by Bryan Rust with 8:00 left and Jake Guentzel with 3:15 to play.  

But with 1:45 left in the frame, Valtteri Filppula stemmed Pittsburgh's momentum with a shorthanded goal, sending the game to the second intermission tied at 2-2. That set the stage for Couturier's heroics, and Matt Read finished things off with a late empty-netter. 

Michal Neuvirth made 30 saves to pick up the win, while Matt Murray stopped 21 in the loss. 

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Bruins step up without Bergeron against Maple Leafs in Game 4

Marchand, Pastrnak combine for three points for Boston, which is one win from advancing

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- The murmur swept through the press box minutes after the Boston Bruins took the ice for warmups on Thursday. Patrice Bergeron was not on the ice.

The tweet came next, from Boston's team account, announcing that Bergeron would not play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is day to day with an upper-body injury.

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Simon steps up in NHL playoff debut

by Jeff Carpenter @penguins / Pittsburgh Penguins

Dominik Simon is familiar with the excitement of the Stanley Cup playoffs, having served as a 'Black Ace' each of the past two postseasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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POSTGAME 5: Flyers drop Game 4

Pens take 3-1 series lead with 5-0 win to push Flyers to brink

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / NHL.com

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers fired 26 shots on goal, but couldn't solve Matt Murray, who anchored Pittsburgh's 5-0 win over the Flyers in Game 4 on Wednesday. 

The Flyers pressured Pittsburgh midway though the first period and received a four-minute power play in the second period, but could not convert. Goals came from five different players - Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel in the first, Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby in the second, and Riley Sheahan in the third. 

Brian Elliott started and made 14 saves in 28:04 before yielding to Michal Neuvirth, who stopped 11 in 31:56.

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Inside Scoop: Pens-Flyers (Game 4)

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Thoughts, musings and observations from the locker room prior to the Pens' First Round Game 4 showdown against Philadelphia.

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Flyers ready for Game 4 against Penguins, with or without Couturier

Philadelphia's resiliency would be tested if forward, who limped off during practice, is out

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Resiliency has been the buzz word around the Philadelphia Flyers all season. 

For good reason.

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