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Chris Kunitz (undisclosed) is questionable for Game 2.

Kunitz was unlucky enough to be struck by the puck while sitting on the bench during Thursday's contest. The incident occurred during overtime and he missed the rest of the game as a result. He also skipped Thursday's optional practice.
Apr 29 - 2:36 PM

Tom Wilson was fined $2,403.67 for kneeing Conor Sheary during Thursday's contest.

Wilson engaged in a late, knee-on-knee hit that sent Sheary to the ice, but fortunately the Penguins forward was able to stay in the game. The amount the NHL fined Wilson is the maximum allowable per the CBA.
Apr 29 - 2:34 PM

Jaroslav Halak (groin) was on the ice with the Islanders on Friday.

Halak skated and took some shots. If he's getting close to returning, and we can't say for certain that he is, then it will be interesting to see where the Islanders go from there. At this point the starting job is probably Thomas Greiss' to lose.
Apr 29 - 2:25 PM

Chris Kunitz wasn't on the ice for Friday's optional practice.

Kunitz wasn't the only one to take the option, so take his absence with a grain of salt. The only reason why it's noteworthy at all is because he was struck by the puck during overtime on Thursday and didn't play after that. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan didn't have an update on Kunitz after the game.
Apr 29 - 1:16 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have fired head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Boudreau has a 1-7 record in Game 7s and you can debate whether or not he's to blame for that or even if that was on the Ducks' minds when they decided to fire him, but it would be hard to argue there's not a clear link between that record and Anaheim's decision to let him go. The reality is that the Ducks have seen four straight playoff runs end in a Game 7 loss and if Anaheim had won one or two of those, thus allowing them to go further into the playoffs, perhaps that would have been enough to save Boudreau. Because if nothing else, this can't be about his regular season results. Sure the Ducks got off to a rough start in the 2015-16 campaign, but they rebounded in a big way. Anaheim had a 208-104-40 regular season record under Boudreau and have won their division for four straight years under him. They just couldn't get it done in the playoffs, which was also the case with Washington when Boudreau was overseeing them.
Apr 29 - 12:23 PM

Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice following the Stars' morning skate.

It looks like Lehtonen will be the Stars' goaltender for Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues Friday night. Typically who will start in a playoff game is fairly obvious, but Dallas is a little different as the squad is open to splitting the goaltending duties to an extent, even in the playoffs.
Apr 29 - 12:22 PM

Jordan Binnington has been promoted to the St. Louis Blues.

Binnington had a 2.85 GAA and .907 save percentage in 41 AHL contests in 2015-16. He's not likely to appear in any 2016 playoff contests with St. Louis.
Apr 29 - 11:48 AM

Jordan Schmaltz has been summoned by the St. Louis Blues.

Schmaltz will get to soak in the playoff atmosphere, but what he likely won't do is play in a single contest. He had six goals and 36 points in 71 AHL contests in 2015-16.
Apr 29 - 11:46 AM

The St. Louis Blues have promoted Ivan Barbashev.

Barbashev is presumably a Black Ace, which means that he's been called up to practice and be around the playoff team, but not to actually participate in games. Barbashev hasn't made his NHL debut yet, but he did record 10 goals and 28 points in 65 AHL contests this season.
Apr 29 - 11:45 AM

Peter Harrold has been called up by the St. Louis Blues.

Harrold isn't likely to see any playing time in the postseason. He had a goal and 24 points in 70 AHL contests.
Apr 29 - 11:43 AM

Andre Burakovsky scored a goal in Washington's 4-3 overtime victory over Pittsburgh Thursday night.

Burakovsky had been scoreless in the Capitals' previous six playoff contests. He has three goals and four points in 18 career postseason games.
Apr 29 - 11:16 AM

Jason Chimera registered an assist in Washington's 4-3 overtime win against the Penguins in Game 1 on Thursday.

It was Chimera's first assist and second point of the 2016 playoffs. During the regular season he had 20 goals and 40 points in 82 games.
Apr 29 - 11:15 AM

Alex Ovechkin registered an assist in the Capitals' 4-3 overtime win against Pittsburgh Thursday night.

Ovechkin now has three goals and six points in seven playoff games. Over the course of his career he's scored 39 goals and 76 points in 79 postseason contests.
Apr 29 - 11:13 AM

T.J. Oshie ended an odd slump with his hat trick on Thursday.

Prior to this contest, Oshie had an 0-5 record in playoff games where he scored, but at last that unusual losing streak is over. Although of course it took Oshie getting a hat trick, including the overtime winner, to finally win a playoff game where he also found the back of the net.
Apr 29 - 11:10 AM

Phil Kessel had an assist in the Penguins' 4-3 overtime loss to Washington in Game 1 on Thursday.

Kessel now has three goals and seven points in six playoff contests. Granted it's a relatively small sample size, but that's a big step up from the regular season where he finished with 59 points in 82 contests.
Apr 29 - 11:04 AM


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