Penguins' Patric Hornqvist makes season debut at Capitals

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist (72) works out during an informal on-ice workout at the NHL hockey team facility, in Cranberry, Pa. Hornqvist is a game-time decision to make his season debut for the Penguins when they visit the Washington Capitals. All signs point to Hornqvist playing Wednesday night, Oct. 11,2017, after missing the first three games of the season after surgery on his right hand. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Keith Srakocic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patric Hornqvist made his season debut for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals.

Hornqvist was in the lineup Wednesday night after missing the first three games of the season following surgery on his right hand. He's on Pittsburgh's third line with Conor Sheary and Greg McKegg.

Hornqvist scored in his most recent game in Washington, Game 7 of the second round that eliminated the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals. The 30-year-old Swedish forward had nine points in 19 playoff games, including the winning goal in Game 6 of the final, as the Penguins won the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive season.

Coach Mike Sullivan expects Hornqvist to be a "momentum guy" for his line. Captain Sidney Crosby says Hornqvist brings a lot of energy on the ice and in the dressing room.

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