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Justin Schultz looks like a healthy scratch for Game 3 on Monday night.

He was the last defenseman off the ice at the end of morning skate, so it appears as though Derrick Pouliot will fill in for Brooks Orpik versus Pittsburgh.
May 2 - 4:20 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) faced shots during the morning skate on Monday.

Coach Mike Sullivan said that Fleury is "making significant progress." He remains day-to-day with a concussion, so Matt Murray is expected to start in Game 3 versus Washington.
May 2 - 12:01 PM

Derrick Pouliot appears as though he will be in the lineup on Monday night in Game 3 versus Washington.

Olli Maatta is out with an upper-body injury and Justin Schultz stayed out late on the ice at the morning skate. If the 22-year-old defender plays then it will be his NHL playoff debut. Coach Mike Sullivan said his lineup would be a game-time decision.
May 2 - 11:48 AM

Olli Maatta (upper body) won't play in Game 3 on Monday night against Washington.

Coach Mike Sullivan has confirmed that Maatta will sit after he sustained an upper-body injury on Saturday from a high hit from Brooks Orpik. It would've been surprising if he was able to play. Consider him day-to-day for now.
May 2 - 11:42 AM

Justin Schultz might draw into the lineup if Olli Maatta (upper body) isn't available for Game 3 on Monday.

It sounds like there's a better than even chance that Maatta won't play. Schultz hasn't been used by the Penguins since April 13, but he says he's ready to jump in if needed. "We've been working hard, the guys that haven't been playing," Schultz said. "Obviously, it's different being in a game situation, but you have to get ready. It's playoff time. If I have to go, I'll be ready."
May 2 - 4:38 AM

Pascal Dupuis is one of the nominees for the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy.

The trophy is given to the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." Dupuis missed a good chunk of last season after he was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung. He returned for the start of the 2015-16 season, but he was forced to stop playing because of more blood clots. Although his playing career is over, Dupuis has helped the Penguins players and coaches behind the scenes this season.
Source: NHL.com
May 1 - 3:46 PM

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan isn't optimistic about Olli Maatta's chances of playing in Game 3 on Monday night.

Sullivan said he's "not optimistic" about Maatta's chances of playing Game 3. Maatta left Game 2 feeling a little woozy after he was hit by Brooks Orpik. The Penguins defenseman didn't return to the game and Orpik will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety because of the hit. Maatta is considered day-to-day right now.
May 1 - 2:45 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) took part in Pittsburgh's optional skate on Sunday.

Fleury also took part in Friday's practice, but he still wasn't ready to dress in Saturday's Game 2 win over the Capitals. The Penguins netminder missed the final five games of the regular season and the entire postseason (so far). He's still considered day-to-day at this point.
May 1 - 2:37 PM

Kris Letang played an amazing 35:22 Saturday.

It was amazing as the game ended in regulation. Letang was forced to play so many minutes after Olli Maatta suffered an injury after playing only 31 seconds, forcing the Penguins to play with only five defensemen. Letang did not have a point but was on the ice for both Penguin goals to go plus-two on the evening.
Source: NHL.com
May 1 - 9:51 AM

Nick Bonino picked up his eighth point in the playoffs Saturday.

Bonino notched his seventh assist of the post-season as he drew the lone helper on Carl Hagelin's second period goal. You likely didn't pick Bonino early in your playoff pool so kudos on the nice selection.
May 1 - 9:46 AM

Carl Hagelin scored his second goal of the playoffs Saturday.

Hagelin's goal opened the scoring and helped the Penguins to a 2-1 win to even the divisional final at a game apiece. Hagelin now has four points in seven playoff games this season.
May 1 - 9:44 AM

Sidney Crosby won only one of 14 faceoffs against Nicklas Backstrom Saturday.

Crosby had his way in Game 1 as he won 19 of 28 on the night, but it was the opposite in Game 2 for The Kid. Crosby was held scoreless but the Pens won 2-1 in Washington. Crosby will need to be better if the Penguins hope to advance to the Conference Final.
May 1 - 8:36 AM

Olli Maatta (upper body) left Saturday's game after absorbing a hit from Brooks Orpik.

After the contest Penguins coach Mike Sullivan described Orpik's hit as being late and targeting the head. The Penguins expect to know more about Maatta's condition on Sunday.
May 1 - 12:08 AM

Eric Fehr netted the game-winning goal in Pittsburgh's 2-1 victory against Washington on Saturday.

Carl Hagelin accounted for the Penguins' other marker. He now has two goals and four points in his last three games. Nick Bonino, Chris Kunitz, and Evgeni Malkin each recorded an assist in Game 2.
Apr 30 - 11:48 PM

Matt Murray kicked out 23 of 24 shots in a 2-1 win over Washington in Game 2 on Saturday.

The only goal Murray surrendered was scored with the man advantage. He's now appeared in five playoff games and has allowed two or fewer goals in three of them. Especially given the competition he's faced and his relative inexperience at the NHL level, his performance in the postseason continues to impress.
Apr 30 - 11:32 PM


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