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Jordan Staal returns to Penguins' lineup for Game 4

by Shawn P. Roarke /
MONTREAL –Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal made it back into the lineup Thursday night, just six days after undergoing surgery on his right foot to repair a sliced tendon.

Staal went through a full morning skate in the morning and received clearance to play upon reporting back to the Bell Centre for Thursday night's Game 4

Coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday morning that Staal would see limited time if he did play in Game 4. He will be spotted in specific situations and not take a regular third-line shift, nor see much time on the power play or penalty kill.

The Penguins, though, were without Bill Guerin and Mike Rupp for Game 4.

Rupp, who is out for undisclosed reasons, took part in the pre-game warmups but was scratched in favor of Mark Letestu, who made his playoff debut in Game 3.

"I won't change my policy, but he is not dealing with a hockey injury," Bylsma said. "Undisclosed, but I don't expect him tonight. It's still a possibility."

Guerin, who missed Game 3 with an undisclosed ailment, skated Thursday morning but was not ready for Game 4. He did not take part in the pre-game warm-ups, but said a return in Game 5 is a distinct possibility.

"I'm not going to say yes or not but I will tell you but that's my goal is to play Game 5," Guerin said. "Right now that's what I'm shooting for. I felt good on the ice this morning and had a lot of energy a lot of good jokes in the locker room this morning so I'm feeling better."

Good enough to not only take part in the morning skate but stay for an extended workout with the scratches.

"It was a surprise to get him out there on the ice this morning," Bylsma said. "He looked good. He doesn't look a day over 39. It was good to have him back out there."
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