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Round 2

Patric Hornqvist game-time decision for Penguins vs. Capitals

Pittsburgh forward, Carl Hagelin, Brian Dumoulin skip morning skate, status questionable for Game 3

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Patric Hornqvist and Carl Hagelin and defenseman Brian Dumoulin will each be a game-time decision for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals at PPG Paints Arena on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), coach Mike Sullivan said.

Hornqvist, Hagelin and Dumoulin each did not participate in the morning skate.

The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 2-0.

The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 2-0.

Hornqvist was hit in the leg by a shot by Capitals defenseman John Carlson during the first period of the Penguins' 6-2 win in Game 2 on Saturday and left the game.

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Hagelin played in Game 2, the first time he's been in the lineup since March 10 because of a lower-body injury.

Dumoulin was hit by Capitals forward T.J. Oshie in second period, but finished the game.

At the morning skate Monday, Bryan Rust moved up to take Hornqvist's spot at right wing on the top line with left wing Jake Guentzel and center Sidney Crosby. Forward Scott Wilson, who was a healthy scratch for Game 2, skated in Hagelin's spot on the third line with Nick Bonino and Conor Sheary.

The Penguins did not have set defense pairs. Chad Ruhwedel likely would take Dumoulin's spot if he is unable to play. Ruhwedel was out the final two games of the regular season because of an upper-body injury. If he plays it would be his Stanley Cup Playoff debut.

Crosby said it would be a significant loss for the Penguins if Hornqvist is unable to play.

"It's tough. He does a lot of little things," Crosby said. "But I think just the level of us competing has got to be a little bit higher here and more consistent. I think that it's been there for periods of time but not a whole game. I guess I think collectively as a group that can be better. If it is in fact a game without [Hornqvist], I think then it's something we have to focus on even more."

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Defenseman Ron Hainsey and forward Tom Kuhnhackl participated in the morning skate and are expected to play in Game 3 after being hurt blocking shots during Game 2. Hainsey had to be helped off after taking a shot by Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin in the back of his helmet with 2:23 remaining in the third period.

Kuhnhackl appeared to be in pain after being hit by a shot by Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov near his midsection with 3:44 remaining in the third but said he should be good to go for Game 3.

"Blocking shots obviously is a big part of my game," Kuhnhackl said. "I tried to get in the shot lane. It just caught me in a bad spot."

Sullivan said goaltender Matt Murray, who has not played since sustaining a lower-body injury during warmups before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets, skated on his own without equipment Monday.

"He's done that a couple of times now," Sullivan said. "The next step for him is to get on the ice in full gear."

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