Good morning and happy Friday!
The Pens have a chance to close out the series at home. Should this happen, they'd wait for the start of the next series for at least a week.
The injury to Brooks Orpik is new and different from the one that knocked him out of action recently.
Jussi Jokinen is the linchpin of the second line that is thriving without Evgeni Malkin.
The ascent and outstanding play of Jussi Jokinen and Brandon Sutter has pushed Beau Bennett to the third line, where he is to stay for the time being.
Sad news from Quebec, as Martin St. Louis lost his mom France, who passed away yesterday, very unexpectedly, at age 63. His status and availability for tonight's game 5 is unknown. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the St. Louis family at this very difficult time.
The Boston Bruins evened up their second-round series against the Montreal Canadiens at 2 games apiece, winning a tight, classic playoff contest 1-0 in OT on a goal by AHL callup Matt Fraser, recalled from Providence the day before.
The Anaheim Ducks finally won a game, reducing their deficit in the series to one game. The eventual game winner was scored by our old friend Ben Lovejoy.
The IIHF World Championships begin today in Minsk, Belarus. Russia tops the rankings to open the tournament, but we'll see how these change going forward. At any rate they are pretty hilarious.
Oh, and lest I forget, Randy Carlyle gets an extension from the Leafs but he'll also get new assistants. This is really mind-boggling, though I can't say I'm really surprised.