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A hole in his heart known as PFO might have been responsible for Kris Letang's stroke, the Penguins say.

PFO, or patent foramen ovale, affects 20 to 25 percent of Americans, according to doctors. Some of the holes have a flap-like opening; others do not. All babies have the hole before they are born. After birth, the hole usually closes within 72 hours, sometimes with the first breath. "But with up to a quarter of patients, the hole doesn't close," said Dr. John Girod, a cardiologist at St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon. Even when the flap remains open, "most of the time it's of no consequence," he said. It might have been of consequence for Letang, who was diagnosed with a small hole between his heart's upper (atrial) chambers, the Penguins said. The team on Friday announced that Letang suffered a stroke, perhaps as early as Jan. 30. He missed a game in Los Angeles that night and continued to feel ill, missing Saturday's game in Phoenix. A series of tests there and in Pittsburgh confirmed the stroke. Letang is expected to miss at least six weeks.
Sat, Feb 8, 2014 11:03:00 AM

Joe Thornton (knee) will not play in Game 1 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

This was according to coach Peter DeBoer who stated so on Sunday. Thornton has been practicing with the team for a few weeks and has partaken in the warmups as well but his return is still up in the air. Thornton had 36 points in 47 regular season games, so his presence in the lineup will definitely be a bonus once he is able to return.
Apr 23 - 8:40 AM

Pekka Rinne made 22 saves in Nashville's 5-0 romp over Colorado in Game 6 to knock out the Avalanche.

Rinne turned in his best performance of the series and posted his fourth career postseason shutout. The Predators move on to face a tough Winnipeg squad that beat Minnesota in five games. Rinne improved to 4-2 in the playoffs with a 2.60 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.
Apr 22 - 10:22 PM

Sean Couturier played with a torn MCL in Games 5 and 6.

Couturier missed Game 4 because of the injury, but he returned to the fold quickly. He is not expected to require surgery in the off-season, but in regular season it probably would have amounted to a four-week recovery. Couturier was Philadelphia's best player in the series even after he was injured.
Apr 22 - 6:36 PM

Sean Couturier had a hat trick and two assists in the Flyers' 8-5 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 6.

Couturier did everything he could to extend this series one more game, but he didn't get enough support from his teammates. Couturier missed Game 4 due to a knee injury, but he returned for Game 5 and managed to score the game-winning goal. While the Flyers' campaign is now over, this certainly was a remarkable series for Couturier and it comes after a breakout regular season where he scored 31 goals and 76 points in 82 games.
Apr 22 - 6:05 PM

Jake Guentzel scored four goals and registered an assist to the Penguins to an 8-5 win over Philadelphia and clinch their first round series.

The Penguins won the series in six games thanks in part to Guentzel's heroics. Guentzel caught fire in the second half of the contest, scoring in the final minute of the second period and adding another three in the third. That gave him four straight goals on his own before the Flyers finally ended his run. He was great throughout the series with six goals and 13 points in six games.
Apr 22 - 5:56 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have confirmed that Evgeni Malkin (leg) will miss Game 6.

As we previously reported, Malkin didn't join the team for their pregame warmups, so we anticipated him being ruled out of the game. However, it's official now so we're passing that along. It's certainly a big absence for the Penguins, but the silver lining is that Patric Hornqvist is returning from his upper-body injury.
Apr 22 - 3:10 PM

Mathew Barzal has been named as a finalist for the Calder Trophy.

Barzal is the heavy favorite to win after scoring 22 goals and 85 points in 82 games. In terms of points, only two players had better rookie campaigns than him in the salary cap era. They were Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Clayton Keller and Brock Boeser are the other two nominees for this year's Calder Trophy.
Apr 22 - 2:53 PM

Patric Hornqvist (upper body) is expected to return to the Penguins' lineup on Sunday.

Hornqvist has joined the Penguins for their pregame warmups and is skating on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel. Getting Hornqvist back is a nice boost for the Penguins, but it's particularly helpful given that the Penguins are expected to be without Evgeni Malkin (leg) Sunday afternoon.
Apr 22 - 2:50 PM

Evgeni Malkin (leg) hasn't accompanied the Penguins for the pregame warmups ahead of Game 6.

Nothing has been made official yet, but it looks like Malkin will miss Sunday's afternoon contest. He was hurt during Friday's game and was termed as a game-time decision. He has three goals and five points in five contests in the first round series.
Apr 22 - 2:42 PM

Ivan Provorov (shoulder) will be in the lineup for Game 6 Sunday afternoon.

Provorov's status was originally uncertain as he crashed hard into the boards on Friday and might have hurt his shoulder in the process. He briefly returned to the game, but that was only for a matter of seconds. The Flyers didn't provide an update regarding Provorov on Saturday, further fueling speculation. It looks like in the end, he's still able to play though.
Apr 22 - 2:21 PM

Evgeni Malkin will be a game-time decision Sunday after suffering a leg injury Friday.

Malkin had his left ankle buckle in the loss to the Flyers Friday. This has been a different season for Malkin who missed only four games this season, the second time since 2008-09 that he managed to play in at least 70 games. We guess he was due for the injury.
Apr 22 - 8:50 AM




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