MONTREAL - The Pittsburgh Penguins managed to win Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal without forwards Jordan Staal and Bill Guerin.
Now it looks like they could have one of them back for Game 4 Thursday.
After having a tendon sliced by the skate of Montreal Canadiens rookie P.K. Subban in Game 1 and missing Games 2 and 3, Staal skated in full equipment Wednesday in practice at the Bell Centre.
“(Wednesday) I decided to get a full practice in and it felt good,” said Staal, who hadn’t missed a regular season or playoff game since coming into the league, a stretch of 358 games before missing Game 2 of this series.
“He had a pretty good practice,” said Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. “We don’t have a time frame for you. He skated a little bit (Tuesday) and today was in his full gear and getting around the ice pretty well. It’s encouraging for him and his injury. We’ll see how he is (Thursday) morning when he wakes up.”
Guerin, the veteran who plays on the right side on the Penguins top line, missed Game 3 with an undisclosed injury and is day-to-day.
The Penguins managed to scratch out a 2-0 win in Game 3 at the Bell Centre to take a 2-1 series lead.
HEAR AND THERE: The topic of playoff hockey, scrums and what people will do to win was the topic Wednesday and Canadiens centre Scott Gomez said nothing surprises him after playing with Claude “Pepe” Lemieux on long playoff runs with the New Jersey Devils. He told us this story: in his rookie season, the Devils were playing the Vancouver Canucks. Gomez got into a scrum with Canucks defenceman Ed Jovanovski and “Jovanovski was on me in the scrum and I gave him an elbow. He got up with fire in his eyes. He looked at me I just pointed to Claude. It wasn’t even a question. He went after Claude. Pepe was shocked. I felt so bad, but I was scared. I was like a little kid, pointing at him.” Added Gomez: “You got away with a lot of stuff because everyone thought it was him.”... Canadiens winger Sergei Kostitsyn is wearing out his welcome with his teammates. A healthy scratch, he left the ice before the rest of the scratches at the morning skate Tuesday. Not cool. He got called out for it by goaltender Carey Price.