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Maatta in Penguins lineup for Game 6

Defenseman returning from injury sustained in Game 2 against Capitals

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will return for Game 6 against the Washington Capitals at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.

Maatta has not played since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series, when he sustained an upper-body injury on his second shift of the game on a hit by Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik.

The Penguins have won two of three games without Maatta and lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

Maatta played 31 seconds in Game 2 before being hit high by Orpik, who returned from a three-game suspension Tuesday. Maatta returned to practice on May 6, wearing a yellow no-contact jersey, before taking contact for the first time during practice Monday.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan called Maatta a game-time decision following an optional morning skate Tuesday. He will start the game paired with Trevor Daley.

Maatta, 21, has yet to score in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games after scoring 19 points (six goals) in 67 regular-season games.

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