Brooks Orpik returns to lineup for Capitals

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik will return to the lineup tonight after being injured in Game 4 of Round 1 vs the Flyers. The former Penguin will be appearing in his 110th career playoff game.

 

Conor Sheary good to go tonight

Winger Conor Sheary who did not practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, is good to go for tonight’s Game 1 vs the Washington Capitals.

Sheary who has emerged into the top line role on Sidney Crosby’s line, had 2 goals, 1 assist in five games vs the Rangers.

 

Hat Trick for McCutchen

Pirates 9 – Rockies 4

Win: Gerrit Cole (2-2)
Loss: J. De La Rosa (1-3)

— The cure of Coors Field. Andrew McCutchen hit 3 home runs and drove in 5 runs, leading the Pirates (12-9) to a 9-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies (9-11).

McCutchen who has been in the midst of a terrible April, homered in his first two at-bats, both solo shots, then delivered a dagger in the sixth inning with a 3-run homer to put the Pirates ahead 7-3.

 

Round 2 Schedule: Game 1 Thursday Night

Penguins vs Capitals

Game 1: Thursday, April 28 (8:00 p.m.)
Game 2: Saturday, April 30 (8:00 p.m.)
Game 3: Monday, May 2 (8:00 p.m.)
Game 4: Wednesday, May 4 (8:00 p.m.)
Game 5: Saturday, May 7 (TBD)
Game 6: Tuesday, May 10 (TBD)
Game 7: Thursday, May 12 (TBD)

 

Jeff Locke throws six shutout innings

Pirates 6 – Rockies 1

Win: Jeff Locke (1-2)
Loss: Chad Bettis (2-1)
Save: A.J. Schugel (1)

Jeff Locke pitched six shutout innings, striking out 8 and walking 2 in a Pirates (11-9) 6-1 win over the Rockies (9-10).

  • Jeff Locke: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 8 K, 2 BB
  • Matt Joyce: 2-5, HR, 3 RBI
  • Gregory Polanco: 2-4, 2B, 2 R
  • Josh Harrison: 1-3, RBI, R
  • John Jaso: 1-4, RBI, R, BB
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    Pens – Capitals expected to start Thursday night

    John Shannon of Sportsnet reports Washington – Pittsburgh is expected to start Thursday night with Game 2 being Saturday night in primetime following the draft lottery.