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Penguins' Jordan Staal a game-time decision

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MONTREAL (AP) -Penguins center Jordan Staal is recovering from foot tendon surgery, and it will be decided at game time Thursday night if he can play against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4.

Pittsburgh right wing Bill Guerin has an undisclosed injury and is expected to miss a second straight game in this Eastern Conference semifinal.

Mike Rupp did not practice Thursday. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he was "not dealing with a hockey injury" and was doubtful for Game 4.

Staal, who missed Games 2 and 3, skated for a third straight day during morning practice at Bell Centre. Six days earlier, in Pittsburgh's 6-3 win in the series opener, he severed a tendon in his right foot on the skate of Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.

"He was comfortable skating around in some battle situations so we'll see tonight," Bylsma said.

He returned to the ice Tuesday, skating for about five minutes in a track suit before sitting out his second straight game, a 2-0 win that gave the Penguins a 2-1 series lead.

"The guys had an unbelievable game last game and as a player, you see your team win, you don't want to go in there and screw it up or anything like that," said Staal, who had previously never missed a game because of injury during his four-year NHL career. "You want to make sure that you're feeling good and ready to play and I feel like that right now."

Guerin, who did not dress for Game 3, returned to the ice on Thursday.

"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 - and it was good to have him back out there. He's day to day but not probable for tonight."

Guerin said he flew to Montreal expecting to play but "things happened." He offered no information on t prevented him from playing Tuesday.

"I can't really say what I've been dealing with but I've just been resting comfortably," Guerin said.

He was asked if his absence was the result of a lingering condition or as a result of something that happened in the first two games against Pittsburgh.

"I could answer that a number of ways," Guerin said. "It's something that's been lingering and happened during the Canadiens series."

Guerin said his goal is to return for Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

"Right now that's what I'm shooting for," he said. "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 definitely feeling better."

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