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Vegas Golden Knights’ Alex Pietrangelo, Mark Stone practice ahead of Game 1 vs. Dallas Stars | TSN
Vegas Golden Knights' Alex Pietrangelo, Mark Stone practice ahead of Game 1 vs. Dallas Stars | TSN


Golden Knights’ Pietrangelo, Stone practice ahead of Game 1 vs. Stars LAS VEGAS (AP) — The defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights are getting back some key pieces just in time for the NHL playoffs, including captain Mark Stone and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Stone, who lacerated his spleen Feb. 20 against Nashville, returned to full-contact practice Saturday in preparation for Game 1 of the first-round playoffs Monday at Dallas. He had been skating in a non-contact red jersey. “We’ll see how he responds with regard to his availability for Game 1,” Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon said. Pietrangelo had a non-COVID illness in late March, McCrimmon said. He returned games March 30 at Minnesota and April 2 against Vancouver, then was diagnosed with appendicitis. After undergoing an appendectomy, Pietrangelo sat out of practices while rehabilitating. Also, Chandler Stephenson (undisclosed) and William Carrier (upper body) returned to practice. Stephenson missed the final two games of the regular season and Carrier didn’t play in the final 11 games. Anthony Mantha (undisclosed) remained in a non-contact jersey, and Jonathan Marchessault and Ben Hutton took maintenance days. “Returning to health is going to be one of the big keys for our team,” McCrimmon said. “We’re going to be healthier going into the playoffs than we have been for a while.” ___ AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/nhl

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