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Posted On Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 1:15 PM

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

Report: Islanders' MacDonald out with broken hand

Defenseman Andrew MacDonald reportedly is out with a broken hand and could miss the rest of the postseason for the New York Islanders.

Arthur Staple of Newsday reported the nature of the injury, according to a source, Tuesday after the Islanders' 6-4 win in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2, with Game 5 set for Thursday at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 7:15 PM

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

Lydman not on ice at Ducks' optional practice

The Anaheim Ducks held an optional practice Tuesday after arriving home from Detroit.

The Ducks lost to the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 in overtime, Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.

The best-of-7 Western Conference Quarterfinal series is tied 2-2. Game 5 is Wednesday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS, TSN, FS-D, FS-D+, PRIME).

"One goal the other way and everyone is happy today,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said Tuesday, according to the team's website. “It’s the way it goes. It’s playoff hockey and it’s fun. We just need to be ready for the next one whether we win or lose.”

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 12:10 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Jones profile part of ESPN show

Seth Jones rapidly is becoming a cross-over star.

ESPN has a feature planned on Jones, NHL Central Scouting's top-rated North American skater in its final rankings, planned Tuesday on its "E:60" show.

The 6-foot-3.5, 205-pound defenseman, in his first season with the Portland Winterhawks of Western Hockey League, has five goals, eight assists and a plus-11 rating in 17 games as he's helped Portland reach the WHL finals, with a shot at a spot in the Memorial Cup a possibility. This comes after he had 56 points and a plus-46 rating in 61 regular-season games, and helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jones also has a famous father -- Popeye Jones was an NBA power forward for 11 seasons and currently works as an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 12:05 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Blackhawks-Wild series blog

'NHL 36' takes fans inside Chicago Blackhawks

Go inside the Chicago Blackhawks for 36 hours when "NHL 36: Chicago Blackhawks" premiers May 7 on NBC Sports Network, followingGame 4 of the Blackhawks' Western Conference Quarterfinal against the Minnesota Wild.

The show will reair on the NHL Network at 6 p.m. ET on May 12.

Cameras followed Blackhawks players, coaches and other staff members for a 36-hour period starting April 19 and stayed with the team through 36 hours, spanning back-to-back home games against the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 6:14 PM

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

Crosby ready for rough road greeting in Game 3

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby returns to the site of his last road game, but this time the New York Islanders are a playoff team surrounded by fans who haven't seen a postseason game in person in six years.

After after the overwhelming positive reaction Crosby received when he returned to action in front of the home folks of Pittsburgh in Game 2 on Friday, you can expect an equally loud show of non-support in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday (noon, NBC).

"That's the playoffs," Crosby said Saturday after practice at Nassau Coliseum. "I think you expect emotion, you expect the opposing team to feed off the crowd, and I don't think that's any different anywhere. They'll be excited and it'll be up to us to make sure to control that.

"Kind of everything gets magnified a little bit when you're on the road, every hit feels like a big one and every chance seems like a big one. So you have to be able to block all that out and just play the game."

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Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 4:46 PM

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

Islanders loose, confident heading into Game 3

The New York Islanders were a loose and confident group Saturday after taking Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series from the Pittsburgh Penguins the night before.

The Islanders trailed 3-1 but won 4-3 to even the best-of-7 series at one game each.

"We didn't get down. We stuck with it, applied pressure and came back," defenseman Mark Streit said Saturday. "The win is great for our confidence, but it's just one."

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Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 4:19 PM

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

Neal skates briefly at Penguins practice

Forward James Neal skated briefly at Pittsburgh Penguins practice Saturday at Nassau Coliseum.

Neal did not play Game 2 of the team's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series on Friday in Pittsburgh after he sustained a lower-body injury during the second period of Game 1 against the New York Islanders.

According to the Penguins website, Neal "skated a few laps on the ice four roughly 10 minutes in warm-ups."

Defenseman Brooks Orpik, who also missed Game 2, and forward Evgeni Malkin did not practice.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 7:20 PM

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

Pacioretty, Gionta out of Game 2 for Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens, already missing center Lars Eller, are without top forwards Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta due to upper-body injuries Friday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, CBC, RDS).

Pacioretty, who led the team in scoring in the regular season with 39 points, was a plus-1 with four shots on goal in 19:59 of ice time in the Canadiens' 4-2 loss in Game 1 Thursday.

Gionta, the Canadiens' captain, was a minus-2 with two shots on goal in 16:09 of ice time in Game 1.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 5:27 PM

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

Canadiens' Eller released from hospital

The Montreal Canadiens announced Friday that center Lars Eller has been released from the hospital.

Eller was removed from the ice on a stretcher during the second period of Game 1 of the Canadiens' Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Ottawa Senators after he was hit by Ottawa's Eric Gryba.

The team announced Thursday that Eller had been hospitalized after sustaining a concussion, facial fractures, loss of consciousness and had teeth knocked out after the hit and falling face-first to the ice.

Gryba was assessed a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct for the hit, and has been suspended for two games by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 3:33 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Top draft prospects leading teams in to CHL finals

Six teams are fighting for three spots at the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup, hosted this year by the Saskatoon Blades.

Leading those teams is a number of top 2013 NHL Draft prospects.

As NHL Network analyst Craig Button breaks down some of the top stars, among them defenseman Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks, NHL Central Scouting's top-rated North American skater, whose team will face Curtis Lazar and the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League final. The series begins Friday in Portland.

In the Ontario Hockey League, the London Knights will have forwards Max Domi and Bo Horvat and defenseman Nikita Zadorov leading them against the Barrie Colts. That series begins Friday in London.

And in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final, the Halifax Mooseheads boast an incredible array of talent, led by forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, as well as Central Scouting's top-rated North American goaltender, Zachary Fucale. Their opponent in the league final, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar is led by forward Valentin Zykov. The series begins Friday in Halifax.

The Memorial Cup runs May 17-26, with the three league champions joining Saskatoon in the round-robin tournament to crown Canada's top junior team.

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I'm hoping Bob [Murray] didn't go out and get Dany Heatley just to get someone. I'm sure he's excited and motivated.

— Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on general manager Bob Murray's decision to sign Dany Heatley