News: Dennis Seidenberg
(leg) practiced Friday but is questionable to play in Saturday's Game 5, the Boston Herald reports.
He was paired during practice with Wade Redden (undisclosed), who is also questionable to play Game 5. If he's cleared to return, he'll likely send Matt Bartkowski or Dougie Hamilton to the press box with Torey Krug already having racked up four points during the series.
Bruins' Redden (Undisclosed) Practices Friday
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News: Wade Redden
(undisclosed) practiced Friday but remains questionable for Saturday's Game 5 against the Rangers, the Boston Herald reports.
For the first time all series, the Bruins' defense looked rather shaky with Wade Redden
and Dennis Seidenberg both sidelined. A potential Redden return would likely send Dougie Hamilton to the press box for Game 5.
Demers Back In Line-Up For San Jose
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News: Jason Demers
returned to play in Thursday's Game 5 match-up after being out with an injury since mid-April.
Analysis: Jason Demers
only say 3:47 of ice time though and had two minutes in the box for a rough boarding call against LA's Robyn Regher. His return was notable because, like teammate Brent Burns, the Sharks have moved Demers to forward. Could be interesting for future games if the Sharks can stay alive.
News: Andrew Ference
(lower body) missed practice Friday.
Analysis: Andrew Ference
is currently dealing with a lower-body injury and has yet to play in the second-round series against the Rangers. His status for Saturday's Game 5 is unknown.
McDonagh Awakens Rangers' Power Play
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News: Ryan McDonagh
had an assist and blocked three shots on goal during Thursday's 4-3 overtime defeat of Boston.
Analysis: Ryan McDonagh
also logged a team-high, 29-plus minutes of ice time. More intriguing moving forward, head coach John Tortorella said he regrets not having used the defenseman on his team's slumping power play earlier, reports Jim Cerny of the Rangers' website. Through four games against second round opponent Boston, McDonagh has a goal and two assists.
News: Dougie Hamilton
picked up an assist in 14:23 worth of ice time in Thursday's overtime loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: Dougie Hamilton
now has three assists in the first four games of the team's series against the Rangers, but with Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden nearing a return, the Bruins will have a tough call to make with regards to their blue line composition, with Hamilton, Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski having filled in well thus far. Hamilton wasn't pleased with the way he played Chris Kreider on Thursday's game-winning goal, but overall the youngster's postseason play has been solid. The same can be said of Bartkowski's play, while Krug has emerged as a sparkplug on the team's back line.
Bruins' Krug Scores Another Goal
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News: Torey Krug
scored a goal in 15:55 worth of ice time in Thursday's overtime loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: Torey Krug
, who now has three goals and an assist in four playoff games, continues to add a spark to the Bruins' blue line with his mobility and creative play. Though Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden appear to be nearing a return to action, it's hard to imagine the Bruins removing Krug from the lineup as long as he continues to handle his defensive duties responsibly.
Wings' Kindl Scores Game-Winning Goal Thursday
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News: Jakub Kindl
scored his first career playoff goal, which stood as the eventual game-winner in Thursday's victory over Chicago.
For a player who struggled at times to stay in the regular blue-line rotation last season, Jakub Kindl
's emergence over the course of the year has been a huge boost to the Wings as they had to adjust to life without Nicklas Lidstrom heading up their blue-line corps this season. Although his offensive contributions are not elite, Kindl's expanded role put him on pace for a 26-point season if projected over a typical 82-game slate.
Rangers' Hamrlik Likely To Play In Game 4
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News: Roman Hamrlik
will likely dress for Game 4 on Thursday against Boston, Newsday's Steve Zipay reports.
A veteran blue-liner of 22 seasons, the injury (upper-body) to Anton Stralman appears to have played a hand in Roman Hamrlik
dressing for head coach John Tortorella. Hamrlik has not suited up for the Rangers since April 1, when he logged just under five minutes of ice time.
Sens' Karlsson Records Two Assists In Game 4
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News: Erik Karlsson
notched two assists in the Senators' 7-3 loss to the Penguins on Wednesday.
With the Pens now up 3-1 and the series heading back to Pittsburgh for Game 5, Erik Karlsson
and his teammates will need to play a whole lot better to avoid elimination Friday.