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The Inside Scoop: Dumoulin Expected to Play; Murray to Start

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Pens expect Dumoulin in the lineup for Game 2
  • Letang had no comment on Callahan’s hit
  • Pens shuffle lines and D-pairs
  • Murray to start in Game 2
  • Bolts skate info

The Pens held a full practice on Sunday afternoon at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry. Here’s everything you need to know from the practice as the Pens get set to host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final Monday night at CONSOL Energy Center.

Defenseman Brian Dumoulin took part in the entire practice session for Pittsburgh and the team expects him to be in the lineup for Game 2.

“Yes,” head coach Mike Sullivan said in response to if he expects Dumoulin to be in the lineup.

Dumoulin left Game 1 late in the third period after being hit from behind by Tampa Bay’s Ondrej Palat. He did not return to the game.

“I was concerned after a hit like that,” Dumoulin said. “It’s good that it’s nothing serious. I thought I could come back in the game if there was more time. But that wasn’t the case.”

Dumoulin, who immediately underwent concussion protocol following the hit, said he was lucky considering his head didn’t feel the full brunt of impact.

“My head coming up a little bit at the end helped the impact,” Dumoulin said. “It’s scary. We were both going in pretty fast after a chip in. At first you figure it’s your head, but it could be anything else. It could be your neck too, or your legs. Thankfully, it was nothing serious.”

Dumoulin wasn’t the only Penguin blueliner to be hit from behind during Game 1. Kris Letang was boarded from behind by Ryan Callahan in the first period.

“I got hit pretty hard there,” Letang said.

Letang left the game briefly, but was able to return to the game. Callahan was given a five-minute major penalty on the play, but remained in the game. He received no disciplinary action on the play from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

“These things happen often so I’m not worried about it,” Letang said.

There were only two players missing from practice: forwards Chris Kunitz and Tom Kuhnhackl. Both players were given maintenance days, according to Sullivan.

As far as the workflow on the ice, if anything can be read into it, the Pens may have a new look for Game 2.



PP1: Letang, Malkin, Crosby, Kessel, Hornqvist
PP2: Schultz, Daley, Sheary, Bonino, Hagelin

After working in the top-6 rushes for defensemen and on the second power-play unit, it appears that Justin Schultz may be back in the team’s lineup for Game 2.

Although it is too early too tell, he said he is ready if called upon.

“We worked pretty hard when we’re not playing to stay in shape,” Schultz said. “I came into the Washington series (in Round 2) and felt pretty good. If I get the chance I’m sure it will be the same.”

Schultz has appeared in three games during the current postseason run. His last game was Game 5 against the Capitals.

“You try to get (the rust) off right away,” Schultz said. “For me, just trying to skate and get into the game. I feel fine after that.

“Taking a hit, giving a hit, anything like that. My first game back against Washington I had a good (scoring) chance right away and that got me into the game. I knew I could skate with those guys and felt comfortable out there.”

If there was any doubt as to whom would be the Pens’ Game 2 starter between the pipes it was quickly cleared up by Sullivan.

“Matt Murray,” he said when I asked which goalie would be the team’s starter.

Murray has a 7-3 record this postseason with a 2.15 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and one shut during the postseason.

Here are the biggest takeaways from the Bolts’ practice, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.
  • Tyler Johnson, Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman all practiced
  • Ben Bishop did not practice, but hasn’t been ruled out for Game 2
  • Stamkos’ status remains unchanged, and he worked with Black Aces after practice
  • Stralman listed as day-to-day
"It was a scary experience for myself," Bishop told the media of his Game 1 injury. "I saw the play, fell back and felt something I never felt before, pain right away. Your mind starts racing and thinking the worse thing. I'm thinking my leg is broken and your mind is spinning. I was really scared.

"Off the ice we got everything checked out. Everything they X-Ray'd was negative. The MRI was OK. It's just a matter of getting back to where it feels good again. Definitely one of the scarier things that have happened to me."


*Sullivan on bouncing back from Game 1: “The reality is when you get this far in the playoffs you’re playing a real good opponent. It’s hard to win every night. When you don’t win you have to respond the right way. You have to heed the lessons, learn what we can from Game 1, take the good things that we did. There were a lot of good things that we did. By no means was it a bad game for us. I don’t think they saw our best. By no means was it a bad game.”

*Ben Lovejoy on the new D-pairs: “I think that (assistant coach) Jacques (Martin) throws us in a blender during the game anyway. At this point in the year we’ve all played with everybody and are comfortable playing together.”

*Sidney Crosby on his lack of scoring: “If anything you just understand that it does happen. There are times where you can’t really explain it. You have opportunities and chances where the puck doesn’t seem to bounce that way, and there’s no great explanation for it. You just have to trust and use the experience that if you do the right thing eventually the puck will go into the net.”
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