Ponikarovsky might be in Penguins lineup tonight

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Left winger Alexei Ponikarovsky might be back in the Penguins' lineup for Game 7 of their second-round playoff series against Montreal at Mellon Arena tonight.

Ponikarovsky, a healthy scratch Games 5 and 6, skated on the No. 2 line with Evgeni Malkin and Bill Guerin during the team's game-day skate.

The other lines deployed by coach Dan Bylsma during the skate:

Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Pascal Dupuis.

Matt Cooke-Jordan Staal-Tyler Kennedy.

Mike Rupp-Max Talbot-Craig Adams.

Ruslan Fedotenko, Mark Letestu and Eric Godard skated on a makeshift fifth unit.

Whether Ponikarovsky actually will be on the second line, or even in the lineup, isn't clear, because teams don't necessarily stick with their morning-skate personnel combinations.

The series is tied, 3-3. The winner tonight will advance to the Eastern Conference final against the winner of the Boston-Philadelphia series, in which the Bruins hold a 3-2 advantage.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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