Pens limp into Montreal

The Penguins' Bill Guerin will be a game-time decision for Game 3 against the Habs tonight. (QMI...

The Penguins' Bill Guerin will be a game-time decision for Game 3 against the Habs tonight. (QMI Agency/David DeNoma)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:47 PM ET

MONTREAL -- Pittsburgh Penguins winger Bill Guerin is a game-time decision for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal at the Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens, tied at a game apiece.

Guerin didn't participate in the club's morning skate today.

If he can't play, it appears rookie Mark Letestu -- who played 10 NHL games this year -- will go into the lineup and Pascal Dupuis will move up to take Guerin's spot with captain Sidney Crosby and winger Chris Kunitz.

Letestu would centre the third line with Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy.

Meanwhile, the talk at the Bell Centre this morning is Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Game 1 and is likely lost for the rest of the playoffs, though there have been players who have been able to play with a such an injury in the past.

The other big injury story of these playoffs is Pittsburgh centre Jordan Staal, who suffered a lacerated tendon in Game 1 when he was cut by the skate of Montreal's P.K. Subban. He skated briefly this morning and it's not out of the question he could be back for this series.

"I know a lot of you chuckled when I said he was day-to-day, but he's day-to-day," said Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.

Crosby, meanwhile, will be looking to score for the first time at the Bell Centre since his first game here in his rookie season when he had two goals on Jan. 3, 2006.

He has only played eight games at the Bell Centre in his career, but since that first game, he has only five assists and is minus-4.


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