Talbot, Scuderi uncertain for Game 4; Rangers' Avery to miss remainder of series
NEW YORK -- Lower-body injuries could force the Penguins to play Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Rangers without top penalty-killers Max Talbot and Rob Scuderi.
Talbot, a valued and versatile forward, and Scuderi, one of the club's most sturdy defensemen, were injured Tuesday after blocking shots during the Penguins' 5-3 victory in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden. Neither player participated in an optional practice today.
"It's a foot injury. It's day-to-day, and we'll see," Talbot said. "I'll do everything I can to play, but I don't know."
Talbot missed 19 games in the regular season due to a high right ankle sprain, but said his latest injury was not related. Scuderi missed 11 regular-season games due to a fractured finger.
The Penguins can advance to the East final with a win at the Garden on Thursday. They are 7-0 in the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs -- the first team to accomplish that feat since the Rangers during their 1994 Cup run.
New York will play the remainder of the playoffs without controversial forward Sean Avery, who has been hospitalized with a lacerated spleen. He was injured during Game 3. Avery is in stable condition at St. Vincent's Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson said.
Avery was injured after being hit during Game 3, a Rangers spokesperson said. He is expected to make a full recovery.
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