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Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 2:32 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Penguins series blog

Rangers' Girardi practices, says he's fine for Game 2

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- What was an injury scare Thursday for the New York Rangers turned out to be nothing Friday, when defenseman Dan Girardi practiced and said he is good to go for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

"Everything is fine and I'm ready to go [Saturday]," Girardi said Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 1:59 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Senators' Stone a game-time decision vs. Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone's status for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series Friday against the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports) will be determined at game time, coach Dave Cameron said.

"I know he's going to want to play," Cameron said. "If he's cleared and there's no … I mean, there's always risk of further injury. But if he's not in jeopardy and real fragile, I think you'll see him in the game."

Stone participated in Ottawa's optional morning skate Friday. He worked on his stickhandling and shot some pucks before taking part in a light shooting drill. He left the ice after about six minutes.

Stone was favoring his injured right wrist that the Senators announced Thursday had sustained a microfracture and some ligament damage.

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Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 1:38 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Penguins series blog

Penguins' Scuderi embodied playoff hockey in opener

NEW YORK -- There was no way Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi would leave his teammates high and dry even after needing a quick facial repair after being hit by a stick against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round series at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Scuderi was clipped by the stick of Rangers center Kevin Hayes on a the follow-through of a shot early in the third period. He got seven stitches to close the cut on his nose and returned less than seven minutes later.

"It was inspiring to see [Scuderi] come back to the bench, for sure," forward Blake Comeau said. "You see the cut on his nose and the blood dripping down his face. That basically sums up playoff hockey right there.

"Guys will get the bumps and bruises, but you'll do anything you can to help the team. [Scuderi] is one of the leaders in our lineup and I'm not surprised that he came back so quick."

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Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 1:37 PM

By Robby Stanley -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Predators-Blackhawks series blog

Predators' Franson excited for Game 2 vs. Blackhawks

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators defenseman Cody Franson is expected to return to the lineup for Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, CSN-CH, SPSO).

Franson missed Game 1 of the best-of-7 series because of an upper-body injury. He participated in the morning skate prior to Game 1 on Wednesday but wasn't ready to play. Franson was paired with Seth Jones at the morning skate Friday and said he'll be good to go for Game 2.

"Yeah, I think so," Franson said. "I'm feeling pretty good again. I feel ready and ready to go."

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Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 1:28 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Penguins series blog

Penguins confident they have formula to beat Rangers

NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will enter Game 2 of their best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Rangers on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) with renewed confidence.

Players were upbeat Friday despite a 2-1 series-opening loss Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

"Take away the first 10 minutes of [Game 1] and I feel we got better every minute of the game and that's why we came within one goal of tying it up," forward Maxim Lapierre said. "We can beat the Rangers if we play our game and skill set. We have to come out [Saturday], look them in the eye and know we can beat them."

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Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 12:58 PM

By Sean Farrell -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Canadiens-Senators series blog

Status of Canadiens' Pacioretty for Game 2 unknown

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien had no news about when left wing Max Pacioretty could return to the lineup, leaving his stats for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series Friday against the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m. ET; CBC, CNBC, TVA Sports) unknown.

Pacioretty has been out since April 5 because of an upper-body injury.

"I can't answer that. I haven't spoken to the medical team yet," Therrien said Friday after the Canadiens' optional morning skate at their suburban practice facility.

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Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 12:44 PM

By Katie Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Capitals-Islanders series blog

Capitals goalie Holtby likely to play despite illness

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby is expected to start in goal Friday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the New York Islanders (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, CSN-DC), Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.

Holtby, who has been battling an illness since prior to Game 1, sat out of Washington's optional practice Thursday and the morning skate Friday. His official status will be decided after the pregame warm-up.

"We'll have to get him in warm-up and go from there," Trotz said. "I've had players that you didn't think they were going to play and they have incredible games. The mind is a pretty good thing."

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Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 12:06 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Capitals-Islanders series blog

Islanders' Hamonic expected out again in Game 2

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Defenseman Travis Hamonic did not skate with the New York Islanders and is not expected to play in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, CSN-DC).

Islanders coach Jack Capuano said goaltender Jaroslav Halak will start but did not note any other lineup changes. New York defeated Washington 4-1 on Wednesday to take a 1-0 lead in this best-of-7 series.

Hamonic was injured in New York's penultimate game of the regular season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has not skated with the team since the injury. He led the Islanders in average ice time during the regular season at 21:47 per game, but they were able to limit the Capitals in Game 1 without him.

"The way that our back end played was great, and we're going to need that every game in this series," Islanders forward Kyle Okposo said. "[Hamonic] is obviously a big part of our team, but we have other guys who can step in and do the job. They did that the other night."

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Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Excited for Game 2s after great Game 1s

Each Friday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, series, plays, trends or really four of whatever from the playoffs that have caught his eye.

There are four Game 2s Friday and each one of them is following a phenomenal Game 1. Here's what I think of what has already transpired in the four series that resume Friday and what I think can and will still happen going forward.

1. Senators-Canadiens

As I said in my blog Wednesday, look for the intensity in this series because of the rivalry. We saw that tenfold in Game 1 with what happened in the Montreal Canadiens' 4-3 win against the Ottawa Senators.

Clearly this thing got sparked by P.K. Subban's slash on Mark Stone. It ratcheted up the heat for both teams. It was a physical game, and what's crazy is these two aren't very physical teams. It's not that they're afraid; they just aren't as physical as some other teams.

This wasn't supposed to be a series between two overly physical teams, but it certainly was in Game 1.

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Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 1:10 AM

NHL.com - 2014-2015 Situation Room blog

WPG @ ANA - 13:21 of the Third Period

At 14:23 of the third period in the Winnipeg Jets/Anaheim Ducks game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine Corey Perry's shot from 13:21. Video review determined that the puck completely crossed the goal line on Perry's rebound shot. According to Rule 38.6 "In the event that a video replay shows a goal was scored prior to the play being stopped, the Video Goal Judge will inform the Game Timekeeper and Official Scorer of the time and the amount of playing time left to be reset on the game clock and penalty time clocks (if applicable)."

The stoppage at 14:23 was caused by a minor penalty to Anaheim's Clayton Stoner. According to Rule 78.6, "Any penalties signaled during the period of time between the apparent goal and the next stoppage of play shall be assessed in the normal manner, except when a minor penalty is to be assessed to the team scored upon, and is therefore nullified by the scoring of the goal."

Therefore, the penalty to Stoner still applies, the clock is reset to show 6:39 (13:21 elapsed time) and good goal Anaheim.

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Quote of the Day

I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday