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Penguins D Orpik and LW Neal return from injuries to play in Game 4 vs. Islanders

Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 7:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The Pittsburgh Penguins have two key additions to their lineup for Game 4 against the New York Islanders on Tuesday night: forward James Neal and defenceman Brooks Orpik.

Neal injured an ankle in the opening game of the first-round series. Orpik has been sidelined for five games because of an undisclosed injury.

The Penguins have done just fine without both players, winning two of the first three games of the series.

Neal, who didn't record a point in the one game he has played in these playoffs, took line rushes with Evgeni Malkin and Jarome Iginla during pregame warmups. Neal had 21 goals and 36 points in 40 regular-season games.

Orpik was a plus-17 during the regular season.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round