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Posted On Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 11:11 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Blackhawks-Red Wings series blog

Handzus in, Stalberg out for Blackhawks

Michal Handzus will be in the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal series against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), and forward Viktor Stalberg will be a healthy scratch.

Handzus missed practice Friday, the third straight on-ice session, but will be back in his familiar second-line center spot, between Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp.

Stalberg had one assist in five games in the first round against the Minnesota Wild, but was scratched from the lineup in Game 1 against the Red Wings.

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Posted On Friday, 05.17.2013 / 7:10 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Kings-Sharks series blog

Havlat trying to return to Sharks for Game 3

San Jose Sharks forward Martin Havlat said Friday it's possible he could return to the lineup for Game 3 against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS, TSN).

"Getting better. We'll see how it goes tomorrow morning," Havlat said, according to CSN Bay Area. "We'll see. Like I said, we’ll see how it feels tomorrow. It's getting closer and closer."

The Sharks trail the best-of-7 Western Conference Semifinal 2-0 after squandering a 3-2 lead in the final two minutes of Game 2 at Staples Center, losing 4-3 on two Kings power-play goals 22 seconds apart.

"That's Marty, mother nature and the trainer's decision," coach Todd McLellan said of Havlat's possible return for the game at HP Pavilion. "I can't speed any of those up as a coach. I hope that one day soon that he comes knocking on my door and tells me that he's ready to go, because we could sure use him."

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Posted On Friday, 05.17.2013 / 11:15 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Penguins-Senators series blog

Vokoun set to start Game 2 for Penguins

Tomas Vokoun confirmed Friday morning he will be back in net for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Ottawa Senators (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS, CBC).

Since taking over for Marc-Andre Fleury, who played the first four games of the first round against the New York Islanders, the veteran Vokoun has won all three starts while posting an NHL-best postseason save percentage of .962 and a goals-against average of 1.28 that is second only to the Chicago Blackhawks' Corey Crawford (1.27).

Coach Dan Bylsma, as per his policy, did not discuss the Penguins' lineup at his morning press conference, nor would he address the reason defenseman Kris Letang and forward Craig Adams did not participate in the morning skate. Both players practiced fully on Thursday.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.16.2013 / 2:13 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Penguins-Senators series blog

Gryba not practicing with Senators

Based on practice pairings Thursday, it appears defenseman Andre Benoit will replace Eric Gryba in the Ottawa Senators' lineup when the team's Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins resumes Friday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Gryba left Game 1 of the series Tuesday with an upper-body injury after sustaining a hit from the Penguins' Brooks Orpik.

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.15.2013 / 8:29 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Kings-Sharks series blog

Torres' status uncertain, Sharks prepare for Game 2

The San Jose Sharks won't know if they'll have forward Raffi Torres available to play Thursday night until earlier in the day.

But the team is prepared to face the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals with or without him.

"Well, we've got other players if Raffi can't play," coach Todd McLellan told the team's website Wednesday. "We've got other people that we can put in. We'll look at our lines, we'll look at how we can best use those people.

"There's been a number of players that have been skating, and I've been waiting for this opportunity. So if it does come to that, we feel confident."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.15.2013 / 3:01 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Penguins-Senators series blog

Senators' Spezza ruled out for Game 2

Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean on Wednesday said center Jason Spezza would not play in Game 2 of the team's Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Spezza has not played since having back surgery Feb. 1 to repair a herniated disc but has been skating with the team's extra players since May 10.
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Posted On Monday, 05.13.2013 / 3:58 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Bruins-Maple Leafs series blog

Bruins reward restaurant workers for late-night service

There will be at least three Toronto Maple Leafs fans packed inside TD Garden when the Boston Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series (7 p.m. ET, CBNC, CBC, RDS).

And they'll be there courtesy of the Bruins.

A mechanical problem with the team's plane meant the Bruins had to stay overnight in Toronto after losing Game 6 on Sunday. Tired and hungry, the team wanted a bite to eat before returning to the hotel, so a member of the organization called the Canyon Creek Chophouse in Mississauga, near the hotel the Bruins were booked into.

Restaurant service manager Lauren Grenier said she received the call at 11 p.m., when she and the staff was closing, asking if they could accommodate a party of about 50.

"I had literally closed the till for my bartender and we were closing in five minutes and I get this phone call," Grenier told the (Toronto) Globe and Mail. "And they’re like, hey, there's about 50 of us coming down to your restaurant, it's the Boston Bruins. And I'm like, sure it is. I didn't believe them because we're always playing pranks on each other here at work late at night."

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Posted On Monday, 05.13.2013 / 3:57 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Bruins-Maple Leafs series blog

Report: Bozak not traveling with Leafs, out for Game 7

Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak didn't travel with the team to Boston for Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal on Monday against the Bruins (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, CBC, RDS), according to a report by Darren Dreger.

Bozak scored a goal in Game 5 for the Maple Leafs, but was a late scratch for Game 6 with an undisclosed injury.

Toronto went on to win without him and extend the series to a seventh game, and they'll have to do without his services again Monday at TD Garden.

Bozak had 12 goals and 28 points in 46 games during the regular season.

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Posted On Monday, 05.13.2013 / 1:32 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Penguins-Senators series blog

Spezza not traveling with Senators

The Ottawa Senators announced Monday that center Jason Spezza would not travel with the team to for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, instead remaining in Ottawa ton continue his rehabilitation from back surgery.

Spezza had surgery Feb. 1 to repair a herniated disc. On May 10 he began skating with the team's "black aces," its extra players, with the hope that he could return to the team at some point in the series.

In five games this season, Spezza had two goals and three assists. His last game was Jan. 27.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.12.2013 / 2:50 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Bruins-Maple Leafs series blog

Bruins without Ference for Game 6

Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference is day-to-day and did not travel with the team for Game 6 of its Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night at Air Canada Center.

Ference played all 48 regular-season games this season for the Bruins, posting four goals and 13 points, but will miss his second game of this series. He was also out in Game 2 due to a suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski in the series opener.

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