Hornqvist was able to clinch the Penguins' fifth Stanley Cup championship while playing with a broken finger, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports. In a twist of fate, Hornqvist sealed Pittsburgh's second straight title against the team he was drafted by back in 2005. Even without the no-movement clause, it would be hard to imagine general manager Jim Rutherford not protecting the 30-year-old from being taken in the Vegas expansion draft. Barring the need for extensive surgery, Hornqvist should be 100 percent heading into the 2017-18 campaign.
Hornqvist scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal Sunday in Game 6 against the Predators. After a back-and-forth affair that featured plenty of scoring chances for both teams, Hornqvist broke the goose egg with 1:35 remaining in regulation, silencing the raucous home crowd at Bridgestone Arena. Although it was a somewhat anti-climactic way to win the Stanley Cup (mostly because it prevented a sudden-death situation in overtime), the biggest goal of Hornqvist's career came against the team that selected him with the last pick of the 2005 draft (230th overall), so it was rather fitting. Hornqvist finishes the postseason with five goals, four assists and 44 shots on net in 19 games.
Hornqvist's (upper body) absence from practice Wednesday was for maintenance, according to coach Mike Sullivan. Pens fans will be relieved to know Hornqvist was just taking a day to recover and will almost certainly be in the lineup for Game 5 on Thursday. Where the winger slots in against the Predators remains a mystery, as coach Mike Sullivan has shuffled his lines of late in search of the right combination of forwards to get the puck past Preds netminder Pekka Rinne.
Hornqvist missed practice Wednesday due to a wrist or hand ailment, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Hornqvist has been held off the scoresheet in the Stanley Cup Finals, despite averaging 13:10 of ice time per game -- including 2:26 with the man advantage. Normally a net-front pest, the winger has been unable to get under the skin of Pekka Rinne when the Pens have been on the power play. If the 30-year-old can't give it a go, Scott Wilson -- who sat out Game 4 -- will likely return to the lineup for Thursday's Game 5 matchup in Pittsburgh.
Hornqvist (upper body) will be in the lineup for Game 1 against Nashville on Monday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. With seven points in the playoffs so far, the winger was playing well before getting injured. This will certainly give the Penguins an extra bit of depth up front for the Stanley Cup Finals.
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