Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 4:19 PM

By Staff -  / - 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 Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 3:45 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

NYR @ WSH - 19:15 of the Third Period

At 19:15 of the third period in the Rangers/Capitals game, the referee's on the ice ruled that the puck deflected off Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner's stick and went over the glass. Because the referee's determination was that it was a deflection and that Karl Alzner did not shoot nor bat the puck it was NOT subject to rule 63.2 which imposes a minor penalty for delay of game. This play is not reviewable by the NHL Situation Room.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 3:10 PM

By Curtis Zupke - Correspondent / - Blues-Kings series blog

Kings could switch up defense with Martinez

LOS ANGELES -- There could be a new face on the Los Angeles Kings defense, and it doesn't appear to be Matt Greene who is going back into the lineup.

The Kings changed up their defensive pairings at the morning skate Saturday as Alec Martinez skated with Rob Scuderi while Slava Voynov was with Jake Muzzin.

The presence of Martinez is significant because he has not played since April 2. He didn't know or wouldn't say if he would play in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the St. Louis Blues (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"Ask Darryl," Martinez said in reference to coach Darryl Sutter. "Every guy wants to play. I'll just wait, and if my name's called I'll be ready."

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Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 3:02 PM

By Erin Nicks - Correspondent / - Canadiens-Senators series blog

MacLean responds: 'I might be husky, but I'm not fat'

OTTAWA -- In what was easily Paul MacLean's most entertaining press conference since he became the coach of the Ottawa Senators, MacLean addressed the status of Jason Spezza, his line combinations and recent comments by Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust after Ottawa's optional practice Saturday afternoon.

The Senators square off against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series Sunday at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, CBC, RDS).

MacLean said Spezza, who has been recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disc sustained on Jan. 27, took a "public skate" Saturday morning but is no closer to entering the lineup.

Kyle Turris, who has been serving as the Senators' first-line center since Spezza's injury, has been moved around several times in the postseason lineup. In Game 2, Jean-Gabriel Pageau saw time on the top line, leading some media to wonder if MacLean was unhappy with Turris' performance.

"Kyle's had a tremendous season, and he's played hard in the playoffs," MacLean said. "A lot of times, when we move him around, it's to get a different look for him and against a different set of defensemen. If they're playing their best guys against them, maybe we put him against their next-best guys. Those are the types of things we’re doing to generate offense."

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Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 1:22 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Bruins-Maple Leafs series blog

Bruins know there's no reason to get overconfident

BOSTON -- Don't think the players and coaching staff of the Boston Bruins weren't paying attention to the events that transpired at Consol Energy Center on Friday when the New York Islanders rallied for a victory over the favored Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

"You just have to look around the League and see what's going on, a lot of series are tied, 1-1," Julien said following his team's practice Saturday in preparation for Game 2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, CBC, RDS). "There's nothing to get cocky about, or confident about. You just got to play every team the way you thought you would play that first one."

The Bruins lead the best-of-7 series against the Maple Leafs, 1-0.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 12:59 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - Ducks-Red Wings series blog

Sbisa in for Ducks; Lashoff, Samuelsson for Wings

DETROIT -- The Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings will make changes to their lineups for Game 3 of this Western Conference Quarterfinals series Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Defenseman Luca Sbisa, who hasn't played since April 13, will return for the Ducks. He battled an injury near the end of the regular season and was a healthy scratch for the first two games of the best-of-7 series, which is tied after Detroit's 5-4 overtime win in Game 2 at Honda Center.

Veteran Sheldon Souray likely will come out of the lineup to make room for Sbisa, who had one goal and eight points in 41 games this season.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 12:48 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Bruins-Maple Leafs series blog

Maple Leafs' Gardiner ready to make playoff debut

BOSTON -- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle promised some changes to his lineup for Game 2 against the Boston Bruins in an effort to even this best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal on Saturday at TD Garden.

The most significant move might come on defense because Michael Kostka is out indefinitely after sustaining a broken finger in the second period of Game 1 on Wednesday. Carlyle told the media after his team's optional practice Saturday morning he is keeping all lineup changes internal and wouldn't reveal anything.

But there's a strong possibility 22-year-old Jake Gardiner could become the 11th player on the Maple Leafs roster to make his debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The more experienced Ryan O'Byrne could be called into duty.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 12:44 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - Bruins-Maple Leafs series blog

Hamilton likely to replace suspended Ference

BOSTON -- Despite the Boston Bruins' best efforts to keep everything secret, they can't hide the fact Andrew Ference will not play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at TD Garden.

Ference was suspended by the NHL for one game Thursday for a hit during the Bruins' 4-1 win in Game 1 (7 pm. ET, CBC, RDS, CNBC, NESN).

Regardless who goes into Ference's lineup spot -- and all indications are it'll be rookie Dougie Hamilton -- the other five defensemen will have to adjust, and some might see their minutes increased.

Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, Boston's shutdown pair in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, will probably be separated. It appears Seidenberg will shift back to his strong side, the left, and play with right-shooting Johnny Boychuk. Adam McQuaid will stay on the right side and be paired with Chara.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.04.2013 / 12:09 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Capitals-Rangers series blog

Dorsett, Boyle part of Rangers' Game 2 lineup

WASHINGTON -- The New York Rangers got two of their four injured players back in the lineup for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals on Saturday at Verizon Center.

Forwards Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett were inserted into the lineup for Chris Kreider and Kris Newbury. However, defenseman Marc Staal (eye) and forward Ryane Clowe (undisclosed) remain out of the lineup.

The Rangers trail the best-of-7 series, 1-0.

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Posted On Friday, 05.03.2013 / 9:52 PM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

MIN @ CHI - 4:52 of the First Period

At 4:52 of the first period in the Wild/Blackhawks game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Patrick Kane used his skate to kick the puck into the net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No Goal Chicago.

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