Hornqvist was cross-checked face-first into the Columbus goal Thursday but remained in the contest. He finishes the first round with two goals and an assist in five games. Hornqvist, a mainstay on the team's top power-play unit, also replaced Conor Sheary on the Pens' No. 1 unit with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel for parts of the third period. The Swede derives much of his value from his spot on the power play, but he could benefit at even strength when and if he sees additional time with Crosby.
Hornqvist chipped in an empty-net goal against the Blue Jackets on Friday, sealing a 4-1 win at home for Game 2. The Swede has a goal and an assist in the opening playoff series for which Pittsburgh has a 2-0 advantage. His penchant for hanging in front of the cage generally leads to copious point totals, and with the Pens looking serious about defending the Stanley Cup, Hornqvist is an attractive option in most playoff pools.
Hornqvist is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, Mark Masters of TSN reports. The Penguins are resting a few players in this game, Hornqvist seemingly included. There was no indication he was hurt, but be sure to get him out of your lineup for this one.
Hornqvist scored his 20th goal of the season while registering a plus-1 rating and two shots against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. He's now reached the 20-goal plateau in each of his seven full NHL seasons, and the forward has done so in fewer games (68) this year than ever before. Hornqvist has battled concussions and a host of injuries in 2016-17, but he remains a steady net-front scoring presence. He needs one more power-play goal in the final three games to tie his single-season career high of 10.
Hornqvist scored his first goal in 13 games Sunday against the Panthers. He batted a behind-the-net pass from Phil Kessel past goalie James Reimer with a baseball-like swing, demonstrating incredible hand-eye coordination. Hornqvist needs only two more goals before season's end to reach the 20-goal mark for the seventh time in his last seven full seasons. Sunday's score also gives the Swede four game-winners for 2016-17.
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