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Penguins notebook: As promised, Bylsma changes up

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 9:54 p.m.
 

Iginla back at right wing

Coach Dan Bylsma delivered on his promise for changes.

Jarome Iginla began Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final playing right wing — his position before joining the Penguins — on a line with left winger Brenden Morrow, who also was acquired before the trade deadline. Brandon Sutter was the center.

Iginla and Morrow played together late in the regular season when the Penguins were without centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Jussi Jokinen was the center in those games, including a win at Boston that clinched the No. 1 seed in the East.

Jokinen was a healthy scratch for Game 3 after playing in four consecutive contests. He was without a point in his past three games.

Iginla had played the opposite wing with Malkin and right winger James Neal. Matt Cooke, the regular left winger for Sutter, joined Malkin and Neal on the second scoring line.

Rookie up

Winger Beau Bennett returned to the lineup after not playing since Game 4 of Round 2. He replaced Jokinen and played on the fourth line with forwards Craig Adams and Joe Vitale.

First down

The Penguins began the East final having allowed the first goal only once in 11 Stanley Cup playoff games.

That trend is a memory.

Center David Krejci scored one minute, 42 seconds into Game 3, giving the Bruins the opening goal in every game this series.

Two of those goals were scored early. Winger Brad Marchand scored 28 seconds into Game 2 at Consol Energy Center.

History lesson

A Penguins squad has not been swept in a best-of-seven playoff series since a 1979 Stanley Cup quarterfinal against Boston. That is a span of 44 consecutive series.

— Rob Rossi

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