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Penguins notebook: Gibbons day-to-day after Game 2 injury

| Sunday, April 20, 2014, 7:57 p.m.

Winger Brian Gibbons' second Stanley Cup playoff game started supremely, but he may not be available to the Penguins for Game 3 of an opening-round series against Columbus.

Gibbons is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, coach Dan Bylsma said Sunday. Per team policy, the Penguins do not provide injury specifics during the postseason.

Gibbons, who scored twice in the first period of Game 2, favored his shoulder after a collision with Columbus center Brandon Dubinsky on Saturday night.

Gibbons finished Game 2 with only five shifts and just 2 minutes, 26 seconds of ice time. He had spent a lot of time during Games 1 and 2 as the top-line right winger for captain Sidney Crosby.

Day off for most

Penguins' regulars did not practice on Sunday.

Players came to Consol Energy Center for meetings with coaches and off-ice workouts in the morning. The team traveled via charter plane to Columbus in the afternoon.

Injured and extra players skated on Sunday morning.

That group included center Marcel Goc, who is out with an ankle injury. Goc has missed 11 consecutive games dating to the regular season, though he resumed on-ice work last week. His original recovery prognosis was three to four weeks.

The Penguins have not publicly ruled out Goc playing in Round 1, and there will be two days between Games 4 and 5 this week. Goc was the Penguins' third-line center at the time of his injury.

Making better choices

Defenseman Paul Martin and winger Chris Kunitz each cited improved decision-making as a primary need for the Penguins going into Game 3 at Columbus' Nationwide Arena on Monday night.

The Penguins were credited with 13 giveaways in a double-overtime loss in Game 2. They have been credited with 23 giveaways in the series, including six by Crosby. The Blue Jackets have five turnovers.

Pressure on the kill

Kunitz also said the Penguins must better handle Columbus' aggressive penalty kill, which has produced two short-handed goals in the series. The Blue Jackets tied for fourth during the regular season with nine short-handed goals.

“If they're over-pursuing somebody, you can make one play, put pucks to the net and score goals,” Kunitz said. “If you do that, they second-guess themselves in between and it really opens up room on the ice.”

The Penguins have registered 13 shots on 11 power plays. The Blue Jackets have four short-handed shots.

Game 5 tickets available

Select tickets for Game 5 are on sale at Ticketmaster's website and outlets. The game is at a time to be determined Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rrossi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.

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