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Take a look at the latest news and rumors around the NHL.

April 29, 2016

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued Thursday with the Washington Capitals grabbing a 4–3 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the series. Both Western Conference semifinal series start Friday night.

Check out the latest NHL news and rumors below.

• Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is “close to game shape,” but a return could be weeks or months away, reports ESPN’s Joe McDonald.

• Capitals forward Tom Wilson’s knee-to-knee hit on Penguins forward Conor Sheary will be reviewed by the NHL Department of Player Safety, reports the Associated Press.

• New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock could return from an upper-body injury for Game 3, reports Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

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• The Philadelphia Flyers are not looking to trade goalies Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, reports CSN Philly’s Jeff Neiburg.

• Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said the team hasn’t decided on potentially buying out Thomas Vanek, reports the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.

• The NHL and NHLPA have agreed on rules for a potential expansion draft, reports TSN’s Gary Lawless.

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• Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler, Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron and Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar were named the three finalists for the Selke Trophy, the NHL announced.

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