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NHL Playoffs:
2015 SEASON LEADERS
GOALS ASSISTS PTS
Alex Ovechkin Alex Ovechkin
G: 49
Jakub Voracek Jakub Voracek
A: 55
Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby
Pts: 79
Complete Leaders
GAA SAVE % WINS
Viktor Fasth Viktor Fasth
GAA: 3.41
Carey Price Carey Price
SV: .936
Carey Price Carey Price
W: 41
Complete Leaders
Team Stats
Team GF GA GFA GAA PP% PK%
Hurricanes 73 60 2.92 2.40 24.0 85.4
Oilers 70 61 2.92 2.54 17.0 86.1
Sabres 60 49 3.33 2.72 16.2 82.6
Ducks 46 36 2.88 2.25 10.8 88.5
Senators 36 29 3.60 2.90 25.0 87.3
Sharks 29 29 2.64 2.64 15.3 80.6
Devils 27 21 3.00 2.33 19.0 75.6
Avalanche 22 31 2.44 3.44 09.6 86.0
INJURY REPORT
CarRiley Nash - C - Mar 31
Nash is dealing with a concussion, NHL.com's Michael Smith reports.

Riley Nash - C - Mar 31
Nash, who was a late scratch for Sunday's game, after a puck struck his helmet in warmups, won't play Tuesday against the Caps.

Riley Nash - C - Mar 29
Nash missed Sunday's game against the Bruins, after a puck hit him in the head during warmups, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports.

Alexander Semin - RW - Mar 28
Semin is not participating in warmups prior to Saturday's game against New Jersey and will not play, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports.

Alexander Semin - RW - Mar 28
Semin is expected to miss Saturday's game against the Devils due to a hamstring injury, Chantel McCabe of FOX Sports Florida reports.

Alexander Semin - RW - Mar 27
Semin missed Friday's practice due to an undisclosed injury and is questionable to play Saturday against the Devils, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer reports.

Jack Hillen - D - Mar 25
Hillen has yet to resume skating with the team since sustaining a concussion nearly three weeks ago, Chantel McCabe of FOX Sports Carolinas reports.

EdmMark Fayne - D - Mar 28
Fayne (shoulder) will likely return to the Oilers before the end of the season, Reid Wilkins of 630 CHED radio reports.

Andrew Ference - D - Mar 28
Ference could join the Oilers for their upcoming games in California, Reid Wilkins of 630 CHED radio reports.

Boyd Gordon - C - Mar 28
Gordon (back) will travel with the Oilers for their upcoming road trip, Reid Wilkins of 630 CHED radio reports.

Matt Hendricks - C - Mar 28
Hendricks (back) will travel with the Oilers for their upcoming road trip, Reid Wilkins of 630 CHED radio reports.

Mark Fayne - D - Mar 27
Fayne (shoulder) will not play Friday against the Stars.

Matt Hendricks - C - Mar 27
Hendricks (back) will not play Friday against the Stars.

Boyd Gordon - C - Mar 27
Gordon (back) will not play Friday against the Stars.

Matt Hendricks - C - Mar 25
Hendricks suffered a back injury in Wednesday's game against the Avalanche and will not return, Chris Wescott of the Oilers' website reports.

Mark Fayne - D - Mar 25
Fayne suffered a shoulder injury Wednesday against the Avalanche and will not return to the contest.

Matt Fraser - LW - Mar 25
Fraser (concussion) will be a scratch Wednesday against the Avalanche.

Andrew Ference - D - Mar 25
Ference is out indefinitely with a concussion, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

Boyd Gordon - C - Mar 25
Gordon (back) won't play Wednesday against the Avalanche, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

Boyd Gordon - C - Mar 24
Gordon (back) is questionable to play Wednesday against the Avalanche, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

Andrew Ference - D - Mar 24
Ference (upper body) is unlikely to play Wednesday against the Avalanche, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

Matt Fraser - LW - Mar 24
Fraser (concussion) was cleared to play Tuesday by team doctors, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.



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The Hurricanes were the ninth team to win Game 7 of an NHL postseason series after trailing at the end of the second period. But they were the first to do so in a conference finals or the Stanley Cup finals since 1979, when the Canadiens overcame a 3-1 deficit after two periods to beat the Bruins 5-4 and advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

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