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Penguins notebook: Bylsma alters Pens lineup

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Monday, June 3, 2013, 9:12 p.m.
 

Coach Dan Bylsma didn't miss a chance to try something different in the Eastern Conference final.

Defenseman Mark Eaton and right winger Tyler Kennedy were scratched for Game 2 against Boston at Consol Energy Center on Monday. Defenseman Deryk Engelland and center Joe Vitale were the replacements.

Vitale, 56.8 percent on faceoffs for his career, played to offset the Bruins' dominance on draws. Boston won 67 percent of faceoffs in its Game 1 victory Saturday.

Engelland was one of the Penguins' most physical defensemen during the regular season, finishing second to Brooks Orpik at that position with 70 hits. Engelland had only four hits in as many playoff games before Game 2.

The Penguins were credited with 34 hits in Game 1, but only eight came from defensemen.

Big-time guests

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman attended Game 2. He has traveled to playoff cities throughout the postseason.

Also at Consol Energy Center on Monday was Penguins majority co-owner Ron Burkle, who spends much of his time living in London. Burkle has attended several playoff games, including road contests in Uniondale, N.Y., during Round 1.

Down again

The Penguins surrendered the opening goal for the second game. That happened only once during Round 2 against Ottawa. The Penguins were 3-2 in the playoffs when opponents scored first.

The Penguins have trailed by multiple goals only four times in the playoffs, but it has happened twice in as many games against Boston.

— Rob Rossi

 

 

 
 


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