<span class="vcard">James O'Brien</span>


Suspension-worthy? Perry hit by Byfuglien after scoring a goal


The Winnipeg Jets lost Dustin Byfuglien in their postseason push thanks to the hybrid player’s errors of judgment. They might lose him in the playoffs for a similarly questionable decision.

It wasn’t “Dale Hunter on Pierre Turgeon” bad, yet many evoked the notorious moment in postseason history after seeing Byfuglien take down Corey Perry after the Anaheim Ducks scored a 2-1 goal:

The infraction draw a two-minute roughing penalty, yet one cannot help but wonder if supplemental discipline may come for Big Byfuglien. Even if it ends with that minor penalty, it’s another bit of evidence that Byfuglien may want to keep a cooler head.

Apparently it’s just been that kind of night, too.

WATCH LIVE: Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff action

Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Rangers - Game Two
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Three series pivot to teams that didn’t carry home-ice advantage into their first-round series on Monday, so will we see some major shifts in dynamics? We’ll find out soon enough, and here’s how to follow each of the three contests.

With their series tied, the Penguins host the New York Rangers in Pittsburgh to kick things off. You can watch the game on NBCSN and also stream it via NBC Sports Live Extra.


The Minnesota Wild managed to score one win in St. Louis, too, and now they hope to take a lead against the Blues at home. Two tough teams square off on CNBC, and you can stream it below.


Last but not least, Winnipeg finally gets to host a playoff game as the Jets hope to get back into a series that the Anaheim Ducks lead 2-0. It’s been competitive so far, but it’s clear how huge this game is for Winnipeg. NBCSN is televising the game, while you can also watch it online via the link below.


Too little, too late: Rangers stifle Penguins for 2-1 series lead

Sidney Crosby, Keith Yandle

Was Game 3 about the New York Rangers’ smothering defense or merely a listless start by the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Whatever the answer may be – possibly a combination of the two – the Penguins gave the Consol Energy Center crowd little to cheer for until the late stages of a 2-1 Rangers win. New York also earned itself a 2-1 series lead with this decision.

After combining for eight shots on goal in the first period of Game 2, the Rangers and Penguins only had 10 in the opening frame (seven for New York).

That hardly bothered the road Rangers, though, as they cruised to a 2-0 lead through the first 40 minutes of the game. In that span, the Penguins managed just 11 shots on goal and often looked dead-legged and/or disinterested. There were some moments in which officiating came into question, yet the overall effort was spotty nonetheless.

The third period was a different story, but not enough to change the outcome.

Pittsburgh turned it on quite a bit, especially after Patric Hornqvist made it 2-1. There were some hectic moments at the end, yet Henrik Lundqvist & Co. held strong for an important win.

After all the positive vibes and talk of “mental edges,” the Penguins seemed to wake up too late in this one. Now they find themselves in a crucial Game 4 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

You hear the “60-minute effort” cliche a lot, yet that might be a fair thing to trot out after a late arrival like this.

Speaking of starts, here’s Mike Milbury’s interesting take on the game:

Devils’ Henrique undergoes wrist surgery, expects 4-6 week recovery

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It turns out that the New Jersey Devils only have one player who needed offseason surgery, and Adam Henrique got his wrist “cleaned up,” as GM Lou Lamoriello told the Newark Star-Ledger.

Henrique, 25, underwent an MRI that showed a need for minor surgery, according to Lamiorello. The Devils guess that the window of recovery will be about four-to-six weeks, which means that the young forward shouldn’t face too major an interruption to summer training.

Henrique scored 16 goals on 127 shots in 75 games, down from 25 tallies in 77 contests in 2013-14. He still managed to score 43 points, so it wasn’t a total waste for Henrique.

Lamoriello explained that it was the kind of issue that Henrique could have played through if New Jersey made the playoffs, yet this will help him avoid a helpful 2015-16 season. Perhaps we’ll see a more prolific scoring year from Henrique next season, then?

Video: Fleury keeps Penguins alive with big save

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have been sluggish enough to earn Bronx cheers at home so far tonight, but Marc-Andre Fleury is a big reason why they’re only down 2-0 to the New York Rangers heading into the third.

That manageable – if still troubling – gap was maintained thanks to Fleury’s sprawling save on Derek Stepan:

Call it half skill and half luck (or something like that), but the Penguins aren’t that far from making a game of this in the final 20 minutes of regulation, and they can thank Fleury for some of that hope.