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Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron Back on the Ice, Questionable for Game 5

The Boston Bruins won Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 last night and did so without arguably their best player. Centre Patrice Bergeron was a surprising last-minute scratch for the Bruins. Looking ahead to Game 5 in Boston on Saturday night, the Bruins got some good news. Bergeron skated this morning, and head coach Bruce Cassidy indicated that it was possible that he could play on Saturday. Bruce Cassidy on Patrice Bergeron: “Skated this morning, that’s a positive. Not ruling him out” for Game 5. Will see how he is tomorrow. #NHLBruins — Boston...

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Philadelphia Flyers Sean Couturier To Take Warm Up; Game Time Decision for Game 5

The Philadelphia Flyers face a must-win game tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They are hoping to get a key player back in the lineup with their season on the line. Centre Sean Couturier, who missed Game 4 with a lower-body injury, was skating at the team’s morning skate. He is expected to take warm-up and will be a game-time decision to suit up for the key match-up. The Flyers, lacking depth down the middle without Couturier, were no match for the Penguins in Game 4, falling 5-0. The Penguins have a three-games-to-one lead in a series, where things have never been close....

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Winnipeg Jets Tyler Myers Expected to Return for Game 5

The Winnipeg Jets got some good news on Friday morning. Defenceman Tyler Myers was a full participant in the skate, and is expected to suit up for tonight’s Game 5 against the Minnesota Wild. Myers missed the Jets Game 4 win with a lower-body injury. #NHLJets Tyler Myers says he is playing tonight in game 5 — Sara Orlesky (@saraorlesky) April 20, 2018 Tyler Myers Expected to Return to Winnipeg Jets Lineup for Game 5 Myers has already scored two goals and one assist in the first three games of the series. He is one of the Jets most important defencemen,...

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Pittsburgh Penguins Patric Hornqvist Will Miss Game 5

The Pittsburgh Penguins will play at least one more game without forward Patric Hornqvist. They did not seem to miss Hornqvist much in Game 4 of their first-round series with the Philadelphia Flyers, picking up a 5-0 win, and Matt Murray‘s second shutout of the series. With a three-games-to-one series lead, the Penguins are not taking any chances with Hornqvist. Patric Hornqvist will not play for Penguins in Game 5 https://t.co/IGYGFOT3mx via @TribLIVE — Jonathan Bombulie (@BombulieTrib) April 20, 2018 It is unclear how much longer Hornqvist will be out. “He won’t play (Friday), but he did skate (Thursday) morning,”...

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Andrew Hammond to Start Game 5 For the Colorado Avalanche

Goaltender Andrew Hammond has been at the centre of a miracle before. He will need to do it again. The Colorado Avalanche announced on Thursday that goaltender Jonathan Bernier suffered a lower-body injury in Game 4 against the Nashville Predators. The injury will keep him from dressing in Game 5 of the first round series. The Predators won Game 4 by a score of 3-to-2, to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the series. With starting goalie Semyon Varlamov already lost for the season, the Avalanche will turn to their third-string goalie in an elimination game. Andrew Hammond will start between the...

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New Jersey Devils Sami Vatanen Questionable for Game 5

NEWARK, NJ – APRIL 03: Sami Vatanen #45 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the New York Rangers at the Prudential Center on April 3, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Rangers 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) If the New Jersey Devils are going defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of their first-round series, and avoid elimination, they may have to do so without one of their best defensemen. Sami Vatanen suffered an upper-body injury in last night’s Game 4 loss to the Lightning, and may not travel with the team for Saturday...

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Carolina Hurricanes Name Paul Krepelka as VP of Hockey Operations

SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 24: A shot of pucks prior to the game between the Carolina Hurricanes and San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on October 24, 2015 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** This will be a busy off-season for the Carolina Hurricanes. Led by new owner Tom Dundon, the organization is undergoing a number of major changes. The first of those changes was announced on Thursday, as Paul Krepelka was named vice-president of hockey operations. The Carolina Hurricanes have named former agent Paul Krepelka as their VP of Hockey...

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Montreal Canadiens Paul Byron Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 02: Paul Byron #41 of the Montreal Canadiens skates the puck past Matt Irwin #52 of the Nashville Predators and ended up scoring the game-winning goal on goaltender Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators late in the third period during the NHL match at the Bell Centre on March 2, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) The Montreal Canadiens announced on Wednesday that winger Paul Byron has undergone right shoulder surgery. The surgery was performed in New York City on Tuesday by...

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Pittsburgh Penguins Dominik Simon to Make Playoff Debut in Game 4

RALEIGH, NC – FEBRUARY 23: Pittsburgh Penguins Winger Dominik Simon (12) brings the puck up the ice during a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on February 23, 2018. Pittsburgh defeated Carolina 6-1. (Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) When Patric Hornqvist was announced as out for Game 4 of the first round playoff series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, head coach Mike Sullivan faced the dilemma of replacing a player with three points in the series, and 29 goals in the regular season. He has made...

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Minnesota Wild Zach Parise Fractures Sternum

ST PAUL, MN – APRIL 2: Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild smiles before a face off against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of the game on April 2, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) If the Minnesota Wild are going to beat the Winnipeg Jets in the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and advance further, they will have to do so without one of their top forwards. The team announced today that forward Zach Parise suffered a fractured sternum in the team’s 6-2 Game 3 victory, and will be...

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Montreal Canadiens fire AHL Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the club has relieved Sylvain Lefebvre of his duties as the head coach of the club’s AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket.  Lefebvre has been the coach of the Habs AHL affiliate for the last six years, including stops with the Hamilton Bulldogs, St. John’s IceCaps, and in Laval. His team’s have missed the playoffs in five of his six seasons as coach. Sylvain Lefebvre relieved of his duties as head coach of the Laval Rocket. DETAILS -> https://t.co/27iCnrWK8g. pic.twitter.com/DrTmOqd9tz — Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 17, 2018 Lefebvre, 50, coached the Canadiens...

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Winnipeg Jets Tyler Myers Expected to Be Out of Game 4; Tucker Poolman to Draw In

ST PAUL, MN – OCTOBER 15: Tyler Myers #57 of the Winnipeg Jets controls the puck against Minnesota Wild during the game on October 15, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) The Winnipeg Jets will look to bounce back from a tough Game 3 loss to the Minnesota Wild tonight. However, it appears that they will have to do so without defenceman Tyler Myers. Multiple reports indicate that Myers will be out of the line-up, and it is expected that he will be replaced by rookie defenceman Tucker Poolman. Myers did not...

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Pittsburgh Penguins Patric Hornqvist out for Game 4; Philadelphia Flyers Sean Couturier Leaves Practice

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be missing a key part of the line-up when they face the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of their first-round series. Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan announced that winger Patric Hornqvist will miss game four with an upper-body injury. Meanwhile, Flyers forward Sean Couturier is questionable for Game 4. He left Tuesday’s practice after being hit by Flyers defenceman Radko Gudas. Hornqvist, who has played first- and second-line RW for Pens in this series, will miss Game 4 with upper-body injury. He is also great on PP. #Flyers#Penguins — Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) April 17, 2018 Sean Couturier needed help...

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Toronto Maple Leafs Make Line-Up Changes With Leo Komarov Out for Game 3

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 19: Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates during the warm-up prior to playing against the Washington Capitals in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Capitals defeated the Maple Leafs 5-4 to even series 2-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs face a must-win situation in Game 3 of their first-round series with the Boston Bruins. The Leafs will go into the game without forward Leo Komarov. Komarov is...

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OTPP: Boston Bruins Dominating Toronto Maple Leafs, and All Your Playoff Action

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 14: Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates his second goal of the game during Game 2 of the First Round for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 14, 2018, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 7-3. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Colton. Join Ben Kerr and Colton Praill each week as they take a look...

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Tampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos Ready to Play in Game One

NEWARK, NJ – FEBRUARY 26: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 26, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. The Lightning shutout the Devils 4-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Tampa Bay Lightning head coach John Cooper delivered some good news prior to the team’s first playoff game. Captain Steven Stamkos, who missed the last three games of the regular season with a lower-body injury, is good to go. The Lightning open up their 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at home to the New Jersey Devils. Cooper made the...

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Report: New York Rangers to Sign Ilya Kovalchuk

The deal cannot be completed until he officially becomes an unrestricted free agent, but Igor Eronko of Sport Express and NHL.com/ru; as well as Alex Nunn of Blueshirt Banter, are reporting that winger Ilya Kovalchuk has agreed to terms with the New York Rangers. The deal will be either two or three years in length, and be worth approximately $6 million per season. Per source Ilya Kovalchuk is set to sign at 2-3 year deal with #NYR — Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) April 9, 2018 Kovalchuk reported to be getting around $6m per-season w/ the #NYR on a 2/3-year deal. Not...

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Arizona Coyotes Sign Antti Raanta to Contract Extension

GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 31: Goaltender Antti Raanta #32 of the Arizona Coyotes makes a glvoe save on the shot from the St. Louis Blues during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on March 31, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) The Arizona Coyotes announced today that they have signed goaltender Antti Raanta to a three-year contract extension worth $12.75 million. It carries an AAV or cap hit of $4.25 million per season, and runs through the 2020-21 season. Antti Raanta’s three-year extension with ARI has an AAV of $4.25M. — Bob McKenzie...

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OTPP: Vancouver Canucks Sedin Retirement, Erik Karlsson’s Last Game with Ottawa Senators

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 21: Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) passes the puck during the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final in the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 21, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Colton. Join Ben Kerr and Colton Praill each week as they take a look at the Hockey World focusing on the...

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Boston Bruins Lose Defenceman Brandon Carlo

NEWARK, NJ – FEBRUARY 11: Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) shoots during the second period of the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the Boston Bruins on February 11, 2018, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Boston Bruins will be missing sophomore defenceman Brandon Carlo for quite some time. According to Joe McDonald of the Boston Sports Journal, Carlo suffered a broken fibula in the Bruins 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday. This is the second straight year that the Bruins defenseman has suffered...

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