Stanley Cup Playoffs: Friday's Need To Know

Ottawa is facing elimination for the first time in the playoffs, and several goalies are in the spotlight for reasons good and bad. Get your NHL playoff fix in Friday's Need to Know.

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Ottawa wasted no time in naming Craig Anderson the starter for Game 5, despite the fact he hasn't finished two of the last three games. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Ottawa is facing elimination for the first time in the playoffs, and several goalies are in the spotlight for various reasons.

Here's a list of things you need to know, which will be updated as news develops throughout the day:

  • Craig Anderson will be in the spotlight as the Senators face elimination in Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Friday night (CBC,, 7 p.m. ET) after getting shelled in two of the previous three games. Ottawa may be down 3-1, but don't expect coach Paul MacLean to be all doom and gloom in the run-up to the game Friday, writes Tim Wharnsby.
  • Daniel Alfredsson's comments that the Senators probably won't make a successful comeback were heard by one Elizabeth Manley. She has an inspirational tale of fighting back when on the brink of giving in. "When you're weary/Feeling small/When tears are in your eyes … " And Don Cherry is in Alfie's corner, calling the comments much ado about nothing in the way only Grapes can.
  • Weird stat: Pittsburgh is 0-6 under Dan Bylsma when trying to clinch a series on home ice.
  • Boston netminder Tuukka Rask let in two bad goals to give the Rangers life in a game New York was giving away. Game 5 takes place Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET, and Rask will look to avoid falling to 2-9 in potential clinching games. Will Rask start to get the yips and be reminded of the fact he was in net when the Bruins squandered a 3-0 series lead and 3-0 lead in Game 7 in 2010 against Philadelphia?
  • Jonathan Quick, meanwhile, now has seven playoff shutouts in 43 games for Los Angeles after the Kings went up on San Jose 3-2 in their series. That's third on the active NHLers list, and his 27th post-season win passed familiar face Kelly Hrudey as best ever for a Kings goalie.
  • Guess who gave Jimmy Howard a congratulatory handshake after the Detroit Red Wings goalie shut out the Blackhawks. A certain Mr. So-and-So. Should Chicago lose Game 6 at home on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday (CBC,, 7:30 p.m. ET), their playoff record with the same core group since winning the Cup in 2010 will be 11-13.
  • In case you care, Jack Reacher was at Game 5 of Kings-Sharks.