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Penguins notebook: Bortuzzo back in lineup for Orpik

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo defends the Rangers' Carl Hagelin during the second period of Game 5 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series Friday, May 9, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.

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By Rob Rossi and Chris Adamski
Friday, May 9, 2014, 8:42 p.m.
 

Robert Bortuzzo resumed filling in for injured defenseman Brooks Orpik on Friday night.

Orpik did not play for the Penguins in Game 5 of a second-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center. He has missed six of the past seven games.

Orpik was injured during the first period of Game 4 on Wednesday night when his knee buckled during a collision with Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello. Orpik's previous injury, which caused him to miss five games, was not related, coach Dan Bylsma said.

Orpik did not participate in a morning practice Friday.

Penguins policy is not to provide information about players' injuries during the playoffs.

Bortuzzo played in five consecutive games before being a healthy scratch for Game 4. He had eight hits and six blocks, averaging about 14 minutes.

Against the Rangers in Game 5, Bortuzzo again was paired with Rob Scuderi.

Bylsma has said Bortuzzo's physicality and “sandpaper” edge are missed by the Penguins when he is not in the lineup.

Breaking through

Nothing lasts forever — not even the Rangers' power-play drought.

Winger Chris Kreider's goal about nine minutes into the opening period snapped a Rangers' skid of 36 power plays without a goal dating to Round 1 against Philadelphia. Bortuzzo was serving a delay-of-game penalty when Kreider scored.

The Rangers were 0 for 15 on the power play in the series. Krieder returned to the Rangers for Game 4 after not playing since March 21 because of a left-hand injury that required surgery.

Kreider was second among Rangers with six power-play goals during the regular season.

Rangers changes

Forward Derek Dorsett and defenseman John Moore were re-inserted into the Rangers' lineup after being scratched for Games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden.

Through the series' first two games, neither had a point, and both carried an even rating.

Forward Daniel Carcillo and defenseman Raphael Diaz were replaced after playing in Game 4.

Diaz's only two games of the postseason were Games 3 and 4. Carcillo had two goals in the first round against Philadelphia, but he is without a point in three games against the Penguins.

Forward J.T. Miller, who was raised in Coraopolis, again was a healthy scratch for Game 5. He played only in Game 3.

Morning off

The Rangers broke form and did not hold a morning practice Friday.

Coach Alain Vigneault worked his team through a full session at home Thursday, a day after the Rangers' seventh playoff game in 11 days.

Starting with post-Game 3 comments, Vigneault publicly has raised the issue of the series schedule.

Marc'd man

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was booed by Penguins fans whenever he touched the puck early in Game 5.

Staal delivered three shots — either with his stick or upper body — near the head of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in Games 3 and 4. Penalties were not called.

Crosby played in only 28 games from January 2011 to May 2012 because of concussion symptoms.

Staal, who also has missed significant time because of a concussion, has denied intentionally going after Crosby's head.

Rob Rossi and Chris Adamski are staff writers for Trib Total Media. Reach them at rrossi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib and cadamski@tribweb.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

 

 
 


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