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Penguins-Lightning pregame report

Wednesday, 04.20.2011 / 6:58 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 ECQF: Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay Live Blog

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Penguins-Lightning pregame report
So the teams just finished up pregame warmups here at St. Pete Times Forum and we're closing in on Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal between the Lightning and Penguins.

Fans are ready with their Lightning logoed thundersticks (I forgot my Advil again).

So it looks like rookie Eric Tangradi will earn his first career playoff start. He'll be in the lineup for Chris Kunitz, who is serving an NHL-levied one-game suspension following an illegal hit on Tampa's Simon Gagne in Game 3 on Monday.

For the Lightning, looks like Mattias Ritola will get the nod in the absence of Steve Downie, who was given a one-game suspension for an illegal hit on Pens defenseman Ben Lovejoy in Game 3.

Here were the lineups in warmups:

Lightning

St. Louis-Lecavalier-Thompson
Tyrell-Ritola-Hall
Purcell-Bergenheim-Moore
Gagne-Stamkos-Malone

Penguins

Neal-Staal-Kennedy
Tangradi-Letestu-Kovalev
Conner-Dupuis-Talbot
Rupp-Asham-Adams

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