Can Penguins close out series on the road?

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have another chance to win their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history, and first since 2009, when they face the San Jose Sharks on the road in Game 6.

Trying to win a championship on the road late in a series doesn’t sound like the easiest of feats, but recent history may suggest otherwise.

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Report: Giroux to undergo surgery to repair hip injury, sports hernia

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Claude Giroux (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers captain Claude Giroux had an underwhelming playoff performance, registering just one assist as Philadelphia was sent packing in six games by the Washington Capitals. The belief was Giroux’s lack of production was due to an injury, and though he denied he was facing any major complications, it appears he wasn’t quite being truthful.

CSNPhilly.com’s Jordan Hall and Tim Panaccio reported Thursday morning Giroux, 28, is considering going under the knife to fix a left hip injury, as well as repair a sports hernia. The recovery would cost Giroux as much as eight weeks of training time in the off-season, and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Giroux’s surgery could come as early as next week.

Had it not been for Giroux’s almost unbelievable struggle in the post-season, there may not have been as many questions about his health. However, it’s far from surprising that Giroux was battling injuries in the playoffs. Read more

Gostisbehere, McDavid, Panarin named Calder Trophy finalists. Who should win?

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The 2015-16 season yielded an outstanding and deep rookie class, one of the best in recent memory. Obvious can’t-miss stars like Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, the top two picks of the 2015 draft, delivered, but they weren’t alone by any means. We saw an intriguing blend of stars in the making doing what they were supposed to do; late bloomers bursting onto the scene; and a wild-card rookie flourishing after arriving from the KHL.

The rookie crop included a 30-goal scorer, five 20-goal scorers and 12 players with at least 15 goals. Eight rookies topped 40 points. Two played in the All-Star Game. Eight started at least 20 games in net, and three had multiple shutouts.

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Report: Flyers defenseman Medvedev arrested on suspicion of DUI

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Evgeny Medvedev (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

According to a report out of Philadelphia, Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev hasn’t had a great start to his first NHL off-season.

NBC10 has reported that Medvedev, 33, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning for “suspicion of driving under the influence” in Montgomery County, Penn. Lower Moreland police chief Pete Hanson told NBC10 that Medvedev was then arrested and has since been released from police custody, but the police are waiting on toxicology results. No charges have been filed against the Russian defenseman.

The Flyers have not made any comment regarding the situation, but the Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac reported Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall is aware of the report that Medvedev was arrested. Hextall would not comment on the situation. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Buyouts could be coming for Wild, Flyers after first-round exit

Thomas Vanek (Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

As more NHL teams become first-round casualties of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, the more speculation grows over their offseason moves.

After yet another roller coaster season for the Minnesota Wild ended in an early playoff exit, GM Chuck Fletcher faces some tough decisions. The biggest, of course, is deciding if interim head coach John Torchetti returns on a full-time basis. After that, Fletcher could shake up his inconsistent, under-performing roster.

With only around $12 million in available salary-cap room for 2016-17, it’s expected the Wild GM will buy out the remaining season of disappointing left wing Thomas Vanek. The 31-year-old is owed $7.5 million in actual salary, though the cap hit is $6.5 million. Read more

Flyers to start 2016-17 without Schenn, who’s suspended three games for charging

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Brayden Schenn hits T.J. Oshie (via NHL)

Philadelphia Flyers winger Brayden Schenn will be the first player to sit out games in 2016-17 due to suspension, and he’ll have the whole summer to think about the hit that has him missing the first three games of the upcoming season.

Schenn, who will turn 25 this off-season, has been handed a three-game ban for charging Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie in Game 6 of the first-round series between the two clubs. Schenn’s hit came in late in the second period of the contest when Oshie was attempting to dig the puck out of the left wing corner in the Flyers’ zone.

Oshie was pulling the puck out of the feet of Alex Ovechkin after the Capitals captain threw a hit in the corner when Schenn approached Oshie from the side and, per the suspension video released by the Department of Player Safety, drove upwards through a check that caught Oshie high. Schenn’s hit is made worse by the fact there is “significant contact with the head” of Oshie on the play: Read more

Washington’s stars power Game 6 win, and Capitals look focused heading into Round Two

Nicklas Backstrom (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Flyers put a scare into the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals, but Washington is moving on to the second round for the second consecutive season thanks to a 1-0 win in Game 6.

In a series that was lopsided, no matter what the scoreboard might tell you, the Capitals simply overpowered the Flyers much like they had nearly every opponent during the regular season. Washington’s top players looked like their top players, and it was fitting that when the Capitals desperately needed a goal, it was the two undeniable faces of the franchise — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom — that teamed up to make it happen.

Backstrom’s goal, which was the lone marker of the contest, came midway through the second frame after Ovechkin made an impressive play to hold the puck inside the Flyers’ zone. Ovechkin fought off a check from Philadelphia blueliner Radko Gudas, moved the puck to Marcus Johansson, who then made a quick move to shift the puck over to Backstrom. His one-timer found the back of the net behind Michal Neuvirth, and that’s all Washington needed: Read more