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Steve Mason (upper body) participated in Saturday's practice.

He is aiming to return on Sunday, so this is a positive sign. Cal Heeter, who served as Ray Emery's backup in Game 1, didn't take part in the session.
Apr 19 - 1:00 PM

Marcel Goc (ankle) hasn't been able to resume practices yet.

Coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday that Goc hasn't received the green light to skate with his teammates. He hasn't played since Mar. 27 because of an ankle injury.
Apr 19 - 12:52 PM

Matt Niskanen practiced on the Penguins' top power-play unit in Saturday's pregame skate.

Both of his points (one goal, one assist) came with the man advantage in Game 1. Kris Letang struggled in the playoff opener, which resulted in Niskanen's promotion during the contest.
Apr 19 - 12:47 PM

Ondrej Palat (upper body) is on the ice for Saturday's optional skate.

He missed Game 2 because of an upper-body injury and will be a game-time decision again for Sunday's match against Montreal.
Apr 19 - 12:42 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko was excellent during his first game back in St. Louis' lineup in Game 1 on Thursday.

He scored a goal and recorded seven shots in the Blues' 4-3 triple overtime victory versus Chicago. Tarasenko was playing in his first game since Mar. 15 after being sidelined with a hand injury. He's quickly gaining a reputation across the league as a dangerous scoring threat. "He creates a lot with his speed and skill," Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said. "He does have a really hard shot and a quick release. He's definitely a guy who I'm aware of every time he gets on the ice. I know exactly where he is."
Apr 19 - 12:07 PM

Chris Porter recorded an assist and seven shots in Thursday's triple overtime win against Chicago.

If T.J. Oshie or Patrik Berglund is able to return in Game 2 then there's a chance that Porter or Adam Cracknell could be taken out of the lineup after they both played very well in Game 1.
Apr 19 - 11:58 AM

Adam Cracknell had a goal and five hits in Game 1's triple overtime win over Chicago.

Unfortunately for Cracknell, he could be taken out of the lineup for Game 2 if the Blues are able to get some players back from injury list.
Apr 19 - 11:46 AM

Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin has seven years left on a contract that will pay him $10 million annually beginning next season, but he finished this regular season out of the playoffs and with a dreadful minus-35 rating, third worst in the NHL.

That stat marked the latest flash point to debate whether the controversial winger should focus on becoming better on defense and whether the Capitals should make a split from the player who reinvigorated the area as a hockey market. For his part, Ovechkin said he won't request a trade — beginning July 1 a limited no-trade clause in his contract goes into effect allowing him to list up to 10 teams each year to whom he would accept one — and there’s been no indication Capitals owner Ted Leonsis would entertain the idea of parting with the face of the franchise. When asked after the Caps concluded their season having missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07 whether he should eschew his offensive focus, Ovechkin rebuffed the notion, saying: "I get paid to score goals. I scored 50. You can’t point [at] one guy in position, say he didn’t do his job — look at everybody’s numbers. Watch the video, and everybody have a bad year."
Apr 19 - 11:43 AM

If Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello remains true to form, he just might inquire about bringing right winger Brian Gionta back to New Jersey, according to The Star-Ledger.

Lamoriello said despite the organization’s reputation for thinking defense first, he'd like goal-scorers who could fit into the system. "I don't think we've ever not thought about offensive players," Lamoriello said. "They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. . . ." Gionta, 35, is captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Although his offensive numbers declined this season (18 goals, 22 assists in 81 games), he is still regarded as a potential 25-goal scorer. The Habs would like to retain Gionta, who is an unrestricted free agent July 1 but he'd have to take less than the $5-million they paid him this season. The Devils have the perfect recruiter in Gionta’s younger brother, Stephen, who says he'd be willing to get into Brian's ear.
Apr 19 - 11:33 AM

Dany Heatley is ready to go in the playoffs when he's called upon.

"Just the way the end of the year went, I was scratched in Phoenix and we kind of went on a tear, so it is what it is," he said of his current situation. "I'll stay ready. If I get in, I'll be ready to go." Heatley was a healthy scratch in Game 1 when the Wild dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Colorado on Thursday night. It isn't clear yet if he'll be in the lineup for Game 2 Saturday.
Apr 19 - 11:28 AM

The Rangers' Derek Stepan has 23 points in his last 24 overall games.

He scored a goal in the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Flyers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. "Stepan makes us tick," Rangers star Rick Nash said. "If we're going to go far in the playoffs, we need Derek to keep on starring."
Apr 19 - 11:26 AM

Benoit Pouliot has a point in nine of his last 11 overall games.

He played well in the Rangers' 4-1, opening-game victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs' first round and he's become a key member of the New York offense. He finished the regular season with 15 goals and 36 points in 80 games.
Apr 19 - 11:24 AM

Brian Boyle, who scored in each of the Rangers’ first three games in their epic 2012 first-round series against Ottawa, again brought his A-game to open a postseason Thursday night with four shots on goal, consistent forechecking and an exemplary work ethic.

Boyle wasn’t exactly thrilled he didn’t light the lamp in a 4-1 Game 1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Garden, but he admitted that the fourth line of him, Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett turned in the type of strong effort that has become commonplace from the trio. "We were doing the right things again," Boyle said. "I mean, we have to start putting our own chances in the net, though, too. Thankfully we didn’t need them (in Game 1)."
Apr 19 - 11:18 AM

Ryan Garbutt had a goal and five shots in a 3-2 loss to Anaheim in Game 2 on Friday night.

He scored around the halfway mark of the third period to draw Dallas within a goal, but for a second straight time the Stars couldn't get the equalizer. Garbutt is playing in his first NHL playoffs after a productive regular season. He registered 17 goals, 32 points and 106 penalty minutes in 75 games.
Apr 19 - 11:18 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers might have No. 1 goalie Steve Mason back for Game 2 against the Rangers.

Mason missed Thursday's 4-1 loss to New York because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. He was hurt last Saturday against Pittsburgh, when he was knocked over and hit the back of his head on the ice. Mason and the Flyers have declined to say whether he has a concussion. Mason took part in a goalie practice Friday at New York's Chelsea Piers and said afterward that he is feeling better than he did a few days earlier. He has set his sights on playing Sunday at Madison Square Garden. "I felt pretty good for being on the ice for the first time in a couple of days. It was a good step," the 25-year-old Mason said. "I felt great movement-wise. It was a pretty controlled setting and it felt good. "I'll know exactly when I am ready to go physically, but it is also a management and doctor's decision, as well." Ray Emery made 32 saves in Mason's absence Thursday.
Source: tsn.ca
Apr 19 - 11:13 AM



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