Celtics guard Marcus Smart returned to action in Game 5 of Boston’s first-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Smart felt fine after engaging in some contact work following Tuesday morning’s shootaround. Smart came off the bench and saw his first action with 4:08 left in the first quarter.
“Those three shifts, they score,” said Kuznetsov, whose goal was the second-fastest in Capitals playoff history. “I feel like they got momentum, and then they score again and again.”
As even as the play was, a handful of mistakes were enough to put the Penguins up going into Game 2 Sunday afternoon. Sullivan already sees opportunities to cut down on chances against, and his players think they can be better as the series goes on.
“It’s one game, we did some good things,” Crosby said. “I think in any playoff series, it’s just about getting better with every game.”
The Capitals have killed 18 consecutive penalties dating to Game 2 against Columbus. .., Malkin skated Thursday morning with teammates, while Hagelin did not make the trip. Malkin could be an option for Game 2 if his apparent leg injury has healed enough.
“I thought he wanted to cuddle. I just wanted to get close to him,” said Marchand, who wasn’t penalized on the play. “He keeps trying to get close to me. I don’t know if he’s got a thing for me or what. He’s cute.”
The NHL felt Marchand’s actions were a little less cute. A league spokesperson confirmed a report by Sportsnet that the NHL demanded Marchand not repeat that particular antic again. A message was communicated to Marchand through the series’ supervisor of officials Mick McGeough.
Marchand has three goals and six assists in seven games for the Bruins, who begin their second-round series at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
The surge Ingles kept going finally culminated in another dunk by Gobert that punctuated the decisive 20-3 run that gave Utah a 67-52 lead.
“The whole year, one of the things that we’ve wanted to do collectively is try to generate open shots,” Snyder said. “You’re not always going to make them, but you want to keep taking them. Eventually, you’re going to make some. We hit some timely ones in the second half.”