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Kirill “the Thrill” Kaprizov made it rain hats, and Marc-Andre Fleury rebounded with a stellar Game 2 win for the Minnesota Wild. Evgeni Malkin spoke to the media for the first time since the war in Ukraine and admitted life has been tough. The Edmonton Oilers got back in their series against the Kings, Tampa Bay erased their Game 1 blowout loss with the blowout win over Toronto, and the Pittsburgh Penguins had to reach deep into the system for a backup goalie for Game 2.

The Penguins have pretty bad luck with goalies when they face the New York Rangers in the first round, don’t they?

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: It’s not good news for the players injured in Game 1. The Penguins had to reach deep for a backup goalie. Alex D’Orio spent half the season with the Wheeling Nailers. Injury updates on Rickard Rakell, Jason Zucker, Tristan Jarry, and Casey DeSmith.

Malkin beamed after scoring the game-winner in the 6th period on Tuesday. He got a few laughs and was, for a moment, serious about what life has been like since Russia attacked Ukraine. Watch the interview and get the story– Evgeni Malkin speaks.

I was going to let the presser go without asking the Ukraine question. It’s a crime in Russia to call it a war. Putin cracked down on media who used the wrong words, and a crackdown in Russia is a bit more severe than a Twitter beatdown here. There’s no proper answer to dissent. Like you, I’d like to see him alive and with both legs for next season. Kudos to Seth Rohrbaugh at the Trib for asking about it without cornering Malkin, especially after a game-winner when his mind was probably not focused on such external matters.

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Game 1 was pretty good, but there are a few things the Penguins must improve. Our new star reporter Dave Molinari went through the things that must improve in Game 2. Pittsburgh Penguins playoffs.

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NHL News & National Hockey Now:

Minnesota Star Tribune: Marc-Andre Fleury won Game 2. Kaprizov was a beast. Minnesota evened the series with St. Louis, 1-1.

Boston Hockey Now: Carolina is just laying the lumber to the Bruins, even with a third goalie in net. Speed, depth…it’s 2-0. Trouble for the Boston Bruins.

Andrei Svechnikov put Hampus Lindholm on dream street. It was a clean hit, but it was so violent that it snapped Lindholm’s stick. Bruce Cassidy said Lindholm was not doing well. Hampus Lindholm update.

Washington Hockey Now: It’s a game-time decision. Tom Wilson is getting treatment for an injury. He’s questionable for Game 2 vs. Florida. Washington Capitals update.

NHL.com: Edmonton played some defense and shut out the LA Kings to even that series, 1-1.

Colorado Hockey Now: Avs fans are getting the fever. You remember that excitement, yeah? Even as media, I could feel it in 2016. You knew it was going to be a long playoff run. Colorado Avalanche excitement.

TSN: Another 1-1 series. Tampa Bay looked like Tampa Bay, and the Toronto Maple Leafs looked…surprised. Game 2 coverage from Toronto.

Sportsnet: Gary Bettman says the NHL has no interest in expanding the playoffs.

Expand the playoffs? And play into July? Where has this idea been coming from? The NHL needs to come to grips with its logistics and find a way to make the season a lot less tedious, injurious, and exhausting. Players are spent before the playoffs. This year, the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets would have been a play-in series. Ummmm…

An 82-game schedule is plenty of time to figure out the best 16 teams.

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Biggus66
Biggus66
11 days ago

It’s your column, but please stop with the political comments. Hockey is a game. Let it stay that way.

Biggus66
Biggus66
11 days ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

You know you are a sports columnist don’t you…… nobody cares what you think and trust me, you are not influencing anyone with your “insightful” (so you believe) comments. I am not defending Putin btw.
and why put these Russian athletes on the spot???
they have families they are worried about. Did you ever think that just maybe they and their families still in Russia are at risk?
You probably don’t care, you seem some a self absorbed self important donkey.

Paul
Paul
11 days ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

He has done much worse than that, brah. That’s why I have so much respect for Panarin, who dared to speak out about it.

Last edited 11 days ago by Paul
Biggus66
Biggus66
11 days ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Ha
deleted my reply
coward

jackw
jackw
11 days ago

Sorry, I don’t share your respect for Rohrbaugh – not in the least. Malkin is a hockey player, and there is no reason whatsoever to be asking him about the war in Ukraine in a post-game media session. The guy who gave the baseball to the kid who is an Aaron Judge fan in Toronto represents the absolute pinnacle of class in a sports environment – Rohrbaugh represents exactly the opposite.

The guy in Toronto = absolutely selfless. Rohrbaugh = absolutely self-absorbed.

Frank
Frank
11 days ago

There is no way to quarrel with identifying a moral degenerate as a . . . moral degenerate. And my apologies to all the moral degenerates for lumping Putin in with them . .. he is not worthy. But . .. two thoughts. First with the explosion of social media, opening a topic even remotely political is an open invitation for response from any and all. And with the decaying ability to have rational discussions in the US anymore, that invitation is going to generate responses ranging from intelligent thought to moronic knuckle-dragging drool. You may have noticed the latter… Read more »

Uros
Uros
10 days ago

I don’t care about what you all seem to be talking about, but I will say this. I thought Svechnikov raised his elbow at the wrong time. I wouldn’t call it the cleanest of hits, but B’s had it coming the way they’re playing. Pasta on Raanta wasn’t something you fotget quickly. But as long as there’s no one restoring order, and the refs surely aren’t, it’s open season.

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