Tonight in the NHL: Crosby returns for Penguins in Game 2

Tonight in the NHL: Crosby returns for Penguins in Game 2
May 3, 2013, 4:45 pm
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As our "who stays and who goes" series continues, Tim Panaccio analyzes which free-agent forwards should stay and which should go next season (see story).

But let's take a look at some teams still in action. Here's what's happening tonight in NHL playoff hockey:

Islanders at Penguins. 7 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to jump out to a 2-0 advantage against the New York Islanders.

Coming off a 5-0 victory on Wednesday night, the Penguins held the NHL's third-leading goal scorer John Tavares without a shot for the first time this season. Marc-Andre Fleury blocked all 26 shots in his sixth career playoff shutout.

Pascal Dupuis notched two goals, while Evgeni Malkin dished out two assists.

The Penguins look to continue their home domination of the Islanders. In their past 10 periods at CONSOL Energy Center, the Penguins have allowed just one goal to the Islanders. In that span, Pittsburgh has outscored New York 14-1.

The Penguins should get a boost in Game 2 as Sidney Crosby says he'll play on Friday night (see story).

Senators at Canadiens, 7 p.m.
The Montreal Canadiens look to rebound on Friday night after a Game 1 loss at home to the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators stole home ice with a 4-2 victory on Thursday night.

Marc Methot, Jakob Silfverberg and Erik Karlsson each registered a goal and an assist in the victory.

Montreal set a team record for a regulation playoff game with 50 shots on goal, but Senators goalie Craig Anderson stopped 48 in the win.

The Canadiens will be without Lars Eller, who was the recipient of a brutal hit in Game 1. Defenseman Eric Gryba received a two-game suspension for the hit that gave Eller a concussion, plus facial and dental fractures.

Wild at Blackhawks, 9:30 p.m.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to build a 2-0 lead on Friday night against the Minnesota Wild.

The Blackhawks escaped with a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 1 on Tuesday. Bryan Bickell scored the game-winning goal.

Josh Harding had an impressive game in net for the Wild after Niklas Backstorm injured himself in warmups. Harding, who only played in five games this season after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last summer, responded with 35 saves in the loss.

Backstorm and right wing Jason Pominville are day to day for the Wild, while Dave Bollard and Ray Emery are uncertain for the Blackhawks.

Sharks at Canucks, 10 p.m.
The Vancouver Canucks look to rebound on Friday night following a Game 1 loss at home to the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks stole home ice advantage with a 3-1 series-opening victory on Wednesday.

Heading into Game 2, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault will look for more offense after their only goal came after Sharks winger Raffi Torres inadvertently put the puck in his own net.

Robert Luongo will get the start in goal for the Canucks while Cory Schneider recovers from an undisclosed injury suffered late in the regular season.

After three regular season matchups and one game in the playoffs, the Canucks still search for the first victory over the Sharks.

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