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“I had seven or eight days of persistent symptoms, but I’m fine now,” Kulak added. “I was a little shocked because you don’t know how it will affect you and how the symptoms can develop and increase. Some guys shake it up in a day or two, but sometimes it just sticks around and gets really severe.
“The first few days were the worst. I would wake up and there was a pressure in my head, a dull headache all day. When I had my first negative test, I tried exercising, arms, and body weights, but could tell I didn’t have the energy for it. It affected my breathing a bit. As I went along, I was in contact with the team and the medical staff and they were super nice to me.
Kulak said he had a good skate on Friday and expected to be close to 100 percent when the team enters their bubble in Toronto on Sunday. When the NHL season was cut short in mid-March due to COVID-19, Kulak was on the second pair of defense with Jeff Petry and that’s likely where he’ll be in the best of five playoffs. in the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins. starts August 1. Victor Mete was with Petry in training on Friday, while Kulak was paired with Cale Fleury.
Kulak said he is looking forward to playing the Penguins, which are led by superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
“They have a lot of experience there and a few world class players,” Kulak said. “When they have the puck on their stick, they like to hang in there, play and take the time you give them. It will be the most important thing for me and the rest of the team – you can’t give these guys a lot of time. You have to play them hard, give them tough minutes throughout the game and I think we’ll be successful that way.