Kovalchuk indeed will remain in Russian to play out the final year of his contract with SKA St. Petersburg

Two teams in the 2017 postseason — the Oilers in the first round and Ducks in the second round — have lost by six or more goals. Both came back to win their next game.

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3. Carter Rowney, Penguins — At this time of year, Penguins tend to come out of the woodwork. Rowney is the latest after the career AHLer tallied three assists in Game 5. The 28-year-old forward was skating in his 12th game this postseason and had yet to record a point. Not bad.

2. Evgeni Malkin, Penguins — Malkin extended his NHL-leading points tally to 23 with his three assists. Sidney Crosby, who had a goal and an assist, is directly behind him in the No. 2 slot with 19 points.

1. Matt Murray, Penguins — Murray might not get enough credit for his play in such a lopsided affair, but the 22-year-old has stopped 68 of 71 shots since taking over for Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 4.

It may be in Kovalchuk’s best interest to play one more year in the KHL until he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

Kovalchuk indeed will remain in Russian to play out the final year of his contract with SKA St. Petersburg, according to agent Jay Grossman. The Devils were unable to find a trade to their liking, the New York Post reported, even though Grossman said Kovalchuk’s preference was to come to the NHL. But Kovalchuk can now pick his destination next summer (with New Jersey no longer holding his rights) and is free from the NHL’s constraints in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

More to the point about the team’s discipline, after averaging 8.6 penalty minutes per game Kobe Bryant Cheap Jerseys in the first 16 games of the 2016 playoffs, the Penguins averaged 4.1 in the Lsu Cheap Jerseys remaining eight games of their Cup run. And in 27 playoff games combined since that column appeared, the penalty-minute average for the team is 6.5. That’s a 24-percent decrease.