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Hurricanes RW Cole gets into Game 2 lineup

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -Hurricanes forward Erik Cole is in the Carolina lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh, but forward Tuomo Ruutu is sitting out due to a right ankle injury.

Cole skated in the morning and played in the game Thursday night.

On Wednesday, the Hurricanes weren't optimistic Cole would play because of a left knee injury. Cole was struck by Penguins forward Matt Cooke's right knee as both players skated across the slot late in the third period of Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory in Game 1 on Monday.

Ruutu, injured during a hit by Pittsburgh defenseman Mark Eaton in the first period, hopes to return for Game 3 on Saturday.

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