Pens' Staal plays despite grandfather's death
Penguins center Jordan Staal played Tuesday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final with a heavy heart. Staal's grandfather died Sunday. Staal played in Game 2 that night and scored an empty-net goal to seal the Penguins' 4-2 victory.
"There's nothing I can do about it now," said Staal, who will join his family in Thunder Bay, Ontario, today for the funeral.
Staal said he will play Thursday in Game 4.
• The Penguins were without left wing Gary Roberts, who was scratched due to illness. The Sports Network in Canada reported Roberts could miss several weeks due to pneumonia. The Penguins denied that report.
• Forward Adam Hall replaced Roberts in the lineup. Other Penguins' scratches included forwards Kris Beech and Jeff Taffe, defenseman Darryl Sydor and goaltender Dany Sabourin.
• Defenseman Braydon Coburn did not dress for the Flyers. His left eye remained swollen yesterday; he was hit in the face by a deflected puck early in Game 2. Defenseman Ryan Parent replaced Coburn. Parent had not played since April 11 -- the Flyers' playoff opener against Washington.
• The Flyers' other notable scratches included defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Nathan Guenin, forwards Ryan Potulny, Riley Cote and Denis Tolpeko, and goaltender Scott Munroe.
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