Penguins without Hornqvist, Kuhnhackl, Ruhwedel, Schultz for Game 6

The Pittsburgh Penguins lead the Eastern Conference final 3-2 and have got to this point with a depleted and injured lineup. In Game 6, they’ll continue on without at least a couple key players.

On Tuesday morning, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Patric Hornqvist, Tom Kuhnhackl, Chad Ruhwedel and Justin Schultz will all miss Game 6. Hornqvist, Kuhnhackl and Ruhwedel didn’t even make the trip to Ottawa as they recover back in Pittsburgh.

Sullivan: “Hornqvist, Kuhnhackl, and Ruhwedel stayed in PIT. They are rehabbing there. Schultz is in Ottawa, but will not play tonight.”

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Sullivan said all were making progress. Kuhnhackl has missed the entire third round series, while Hornqvist has played one game, Schultz two and Ruhwedel four. Schultz and Hornqvist are the most impactful players of the four, with Schultz leading all Penguins defencemen with eight points in 14 games this post-season and Hornqvist scoring seven points in 13 games.

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Memorial Cup Day 5: T-Birds look to survive

WINDSOR, Ontario – It’s time to pull out all of the tried and true sports clichés for the Thunderbirds.

Do or die. Backs against the wall. Whichever is your favorite, that’s where Seattle finds itself on the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup’s fifth day.

The Thunderbirds will play the QMJHL Champion Saint John Sea Dogs Tuesday night at the WFCU Centre and need a win to stay alive. Both clubs have not fared well in the tournament to date, losing both of their opening games.

Seattle took Monday off to get away from the rink and try to regain the fire it needs to extend the season and get into Friday’s semi-final game.

“It was nice to just relax yesterday, hang out with the guys and just talk about things a little bit,” Mathew Barzal said. “We watched last night’s game with Saint John and Erie and it put us in a decent spot today, the winner goes to the semi-final.”

The team was on the ice Tuesday morning for a spirited skate in preparation.

“I think guys had a pretty good day away from the rink yesterday for the most part,” Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk said. “We still have a really good opportunity in front of us, so there shouldn’t be anyone down right now.”

Stankowski back in net

Konowalchuk announced after the morning skate that he was going with goalie Carl Stankowski in the Saint John game.

The rookie goalie was pulled from Sunday’s contest against Windsor after giving up three quick goals in a 38 second span of the first period. Rylan Toth came in for relief and after the 7-1 loss, Konowalchuk didn’t immediately say who would play in Tuesday’s elimination game.

“A big part of it is, what Carl has done for us,” Konowalchuk said. “He’s played, and played well for us in big games …read more

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