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Roberts out for Game 3

Tuesday, 05.13.2008 / 7:38 PM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA Pittsburgh Penguins forward Gary Roberts was not in the lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
   
Roberts reported to the Wachovia Center on Tuesday morning and was ill. Coach Michel Therrien said it would be a game-time decision as to whether he could play, but the 41-year-old veteran of 20 NHL seasons did not take the ice with his teammates for pregame warmups.
   
Instead, Adam Hall was reinserted into the lineup by Therrien and took Roberts’ place on the fourth line with Maxime Talbot and Georges Laraque. Hall was a healthy scratch for Game 2 of this series after playing in Game 1 when Talbot was nursing a foot injury.
   
Roberts missed five straight games earlier in the Playoffs, four with a groin injury and one as a healthy scratch, before returning against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. He has two goals, one assist and a minus-1 rating in six postseason games and assisted on Talbot’s game-winning goal in Game 2.

Hall will be playing in his ninth game in this year’s Playoffs. He has one goal and a minus-1 rating after scoring twice and assisting on four others in 46 regular-season games.

Contact Dan Rosen at drosen@nhl.com

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