MAPLE LEAFS WIN LOTTERY, EARN FIRST SELECTION IN 2016 NHL DRAFT
The Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets (who moved up from No. 6) and Columbus Blue Jackets (who moved up from No. 4) own the first, second and third selections, respectively, for the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft as a result of the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery drawing in Toronto.
For the first time, the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery assigned the top three slots in the first round of the NHL Draft, a change from prior years, when the lottery was used to determine the winner of the first overall selection exclusively.
Video: Bettman draws the lottery for this year's NHL Draft
The order of selection for the first 14 drafting positions in the first round, only, of the 2016 NHL Draft is as follows:
1. Toronto Maple Leafs
2. Winnipeg Jets
3. Columbus Blue Jackets
4. Edmonton Oilers
5. Vancouver Canucks
6. Calgary Flames
7. Arizona Coyotes
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. Montreal Canadiens
10. Colorado Avalanche
11. New Jersey Devils
12. Ottawa Senators
13. Carolina Hurricanes
14. Boston Bruins
The remaining positions are determined by the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Home Team in Caps
TAMPA BAY 4, NY Islanders 1 - series tied 1-1
Pittsburgh 2, WASHINGTON 1 - series tied 1-1
FEHR BURNS FORMER TEAM AS PENGUINS EVEN SERIES WITH CAPITALS
Eric Fehr, who spent nine seasons with the Washington Capitals over two stints before joining the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015-16, scored the game-winning goal with 4:28 remaining in the third period to propel the Penguins to a Game 2 victory, evening their Eastern Conference Second Round series 1-1.
* Fehr, who was selected 18th by the Capitals in the 2003 NHL Draft, spent nine of his first 10 NHL seasons in Washington. He had 87 goals and 174 points in 419 regular-season games, and five goals and six points in 37 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
* Fehr - who scored his first goal against his former team (regular season and playoffs) - scored his second career game-winning goal in the postseason; each have been scored in the 2016 playoffs (also Game 4 of the first round at the New York Rangers).
Video: PIT@WSH, Gm2: Fehr deflects it past Holtby for lead
* Matt Murray (23 SV) improved to 11-1 in his past 12 decisions since March 6 (regular season and playoffs), including 4-1 in five starts during the 2016 playoffs (1.74 GAA, .939 SV%, 1 SO).
* Per Elias, Murray became the first rookie goaltender to win four of his first five career playoff starts since Michal Neuvirth (WSH) did so in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Rangers (4-1).
* Evgeni Malkin (0-1-1) provided the primary assist on Fehr's winner. He has at least one point in all six games since making his return to the Penguins lineup in Game 2 of the first round against the Rangers (3-6-9).
JOHNSON LEADS LIGHTNING CHARGE, EVENS SERIES WITH ISLANDERS
Tyler Johnson (2-1-3) factored on three of the Tampa Bay Lightning's four goals to help the them win Game 2 and even their second-round series with the New York Islanders at 1-1.
* The Lightning have won six consecutive Game 2s since the 2015 first round against the Detroit Red Wings, with four of those victories evening a series at 1-1.
* Johnson, who led the NHL in goals and tied Patrick Kane for most points last postseason with 13 goals and 23 points in 26 games, is tied for second in points with 10 (four goals, six assists) in the 2016 playoffs (seven games).
Video: NYI@TBL, Gm2: Johnson beats Greiss with slick shot
* Johnson had his sixth career multi-goal game in the postseason (all with Tampa Bay) and second of the playoffs (also Game 2 of FR vs. DET: 2-2-4). Per Elias, he tied Vincent Lecavalier for the most in Lightning playoff history.
* Jonathan Drouin (1-1-2) scored the game-winner at 11:55 of the first period, his first career playoff goal (13 GP). Per Elias, at 21 years, 34 days old, Drouin became the youngest player in Lightning history to score a game-winning goal in the postseason.
* Ben Bishop (19 SV) improved to 5-2 this postseason with a 2.02 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and one shutout. He holds an all-time record of 9-2 in postseason starts following a loss.
BARKOV, ERIKSSON AND KOPITAR VOTED LADY BYNG TROPHY FINALISTS
The NHL announced that Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers, Loui Eriksson of the Boston Bruins and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability."
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The NHL will reveal the three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy prior to games Sunday.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Penguins teammates Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each skated in their 107th career playoff games (all with Pittsburgh), tying Mario Lemieux for second on the Penguins all-time list.
Penguins defenseman Kris Letang logged 35:22 of ice time in Game 2 with a plus-2 rating. It marked his highest time on ice total of the 2016 playoffs and the third time in seven games he has topped 30:00 this postseason . . . Islanders forward Alan Quine (0-1-1), who played two NHL games during the regular season, extended his playoff point streak to four games (1-3-4) . . . Marquette, Mich., was announced as winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2016. The community will receive upgrades to Lakeview Arena, which will also host a 2015-16 preseason game between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
St. Louis @ Dallas, DAL leads 1-0, 3:00 p.m., SN, NBC, TVA Sports
Nashville @ San Jose, SJS leads 1-0, 8:00 p.m., CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports