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By Keith Barnes
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

• Rangers forward Sean Avery got the NHL to change the rules in the middle of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with his ridiculous faceguarding of New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur. Now, right wing Brendan Shanahan is doing his best to push the envelope on goaltender interference by backing into the Penguins' crease in an effort to shield goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. "He's been doing that a lot in his career and I expect him to do it again," Fleury said. "I can't worry too much about it, just try to see the puck around him and try to make some stops." Even if the Rangers score with Shanahan doing what he was doing in Game 2, his team won't benefit from it. "We talked to the referee ... and if there's a goal with a guy standing in the crease, there's no goal. That's what the referees told us," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "I addressed it with the referees after the first period and this is what they told me. They wouldn't have allowed the goal."

• Gary Roberts made the trip to New York and will take part in today's morning skate at Madison Square Garden, but his status for Game 3 remains in question. Roberts, who participated in the team's optional workout yesterday at Mellon Arena, had treatment for approximately 20 minutes afterward on his injured groin and said he and Therrien would sit down today to discus whether he would play. Adam Hall has replaced Roberts the last four games and scored with 16.7 seconds remaining to seal the Penguins' 2-0 win in Game 2.

• Games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden will, weather permitting, be televised outside Gate 3 at Mellon Arena on the 12'X16' screen. An estimated 2,000 fans who could not get tickets watched the Penguins home wins in Games 1 and 2 against the Rangers. The organization asks fans not to bring grills or tents and alcohol is also prohibited.

• The Penguins assigned forward Dustin Jeffrey to their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Jeffrey spent most of the season in Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League, where he had 38 goals and 97 points in 56 games.

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