Hornqvist scored a power-play goal on six shots, dished an assist and added three hits in Monday's 4-1 win over the Lightning in Game 5. Hornqvist gave the Panthers a two-goal lead just 35 seconds into the third period. He added the lone helper on Frank Vatrano's empty-net tally. The 34-year-old Hornqvist has made his presence felt in the first-round series with five points, 15 hits, 12 PIM and 17 shots on net through five contests.
Hornqvist provided an assist and 12 PIM in Saturday's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 4. Hornqvist and the Panthers laid down the law late in Game 4 after getting blown out, being assessed multiple game misconducts. The 34-year-old was given a match penalty in the aftermath of a hit on Mikhail Sergachev that caused the Russian defenseman to leave the game. The Panthers now face elimination Monday in Game 5 at home.
According to coach Joel Quenneville, Hornqvist (upper body) will return to the lineup for Sunday's Game 1 versus Tampa Bay, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. Hornqvist is expected to slot into a third-line role as well as a spot on Florida's top power-play unit for Game 1 after missing the final seven contests of the regular season. The veteran winger has racked up 32 points through 44 games this campaign.
Hornqvist (upper body) will remain out for Monday's season finale against the Lightning, George Richards of Florida Hockey Now reports. Hornqvist will end the regular season with a seven-game absence, but he was considered on the verge of returning for the past couple games, so the veteran winger is expected to be available for the start of the playoffs. He'll finish the campaign with 14 goals and 18 assists in 44 appearances.
Hornqvist (upper body) won't play Saturday against the Lightning. Although Hornqvist won't play Saturday, he's fully expected to be ready to return for Monday's rematch with Tampa Bay. He's racked up 32 points through 44 games this season.
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