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Penguins lineup changes: Niskanen returns, Park in for Vitale

Apr 15, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

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One guy who hasn’t been a factor in the series for the Pittsburgh Penguins as of yet is defenseman Matt Niskanen. Niskanen missed the first two games of the series with an injury but he’ll get a chance to help out the slumping Penguins defense in Game 3.

Niskanen joins the Pens lineup replacing Ben Lovejoy on the blue line and pairing up with Deryk Engelland on the third defensive pairing.

Meanwhile, at forward coach Dan Bylsma is making one change. Joe Vitale will take a seat for Game 3 and veteran Richard Park will take his spot on the fourth line. Vitale isn’t exactly a crowd favorite in Philly but going with the veteran experience is never usually a bad move.

  1. emoser - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I’m sorry, but something needs to be done about this diving. Letang and Michalek are have made a complete embarrassment of the game with their head snapping.

  2. jucam1 - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    The US Olympic Diving team lead by SuyGina!!!!….. This is ridiculous…. Letang is a coward

    • odj810 - Apr 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      How can you call him a coward he just dropped the mits. I give all the stars with concussion problems props for dropping the glove. PS is there any doubt that giroux is the best player in the world? He does it all.

      • jkay1818 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        except for fighting but being a great scorer trumps that any day

      • odj810 - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        haha true.

  3. tackledummy1505 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    What a game! This 3rd game has been an all out war and for the 1st time in a long time we’re playing with a lead. At least the flopping has been decent, even though it’s still present. I love it though, 2 more periods still to go.

  4. id4joey - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Well! No matter how much you may have been cheering on the pens (I have) you have got to give credit to the Flyers for shutting down Malkin and scoring as much as they have.

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