Penguins notebook: Iginla says he tried not to step on toes when he was with Penguins



Even though he was in the visitors locker room the past couple of days, Boston winger Jarome Iginla found things very familiar at Consol Energy Center.

The Bruins even stayed in the same downtown hotel where Iginla lived during his three-month stint with the Penguins last season.

"I feel like I was just here," Iginla said Wednesday night before the Penguins and Bruins played.

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This future Hall of Famer was acquired by the Penguins from Calgary in March. He had five goals, 11 points in 13 games in the stretch run of the regular season, plus another four goals, 12 points in 15 playoff games -- but no points in the Eastern Conference final, when Boston swept the Penguins.

Looking back, Iginla said he was "trying not to step on any toes" and that it was "an adjustment" to change teams, not only for the first time, but also in the season. He said the transition was easier after he jumped to the Bruins as a free agent over the summer because he got to go through training camp.

Boston has him playing at his natural position, right wing, after spending a lot of his time with the Penguins as a left winger.

"I didn't mind trying the other side," Iginla said. "There are no excuses as far as I could have done this or that.

"There were lots of positives as far as winning most of our games. It just didn't end well. It was a pretty drastic ending."

Jeffrey returns to lineup

Forward Dustin Jeffrey dressed for the Penguins' first six games, getting no points, then sat for the next six before getting back in the lineup against Boston.

He was a healthy scratch for games in which call-ups Chris Conner, Harry Zolnierczyk and Jayson Megna played and defenseman Deryk Engelland played as a winger.

With Chuck Kobasew added to the list of injured forwards, Jeffrey got another chance. Coach Dan Bylsma said earlier in the month it was a matter of others deserving a look.

"Dustin Jeffrey's training camp earned him a spot in our lineup for six games, but, with certain injuries, there's been opportunity for us to see what other people can do, what they can bring," Bylsma said.

Jeffrey, 27, was a sixth-round draft choice in 2007. He turned pro for 2007-08 and before Wednesday had 12 goals, 27 points in 96 NHL games.

Scuderi has ankle surgery

Defenseman Rob Scuderi had surgery on his broken left ankle, Bylsma said. No timetable for his recovery and return has been announced. He got hurt in the first period Saturday night at Toronto.

Winger Beau Bennett (undisclosed injury) could return to practice as early as today.

He worked out before the game-day skate and "skated slightly harder, an upgrade from what he did [Tuesday], and did well," Bylsma said.

Third-line center Brandon Sutter, who did not practice Tuesday, participated in the game-day skate and was in the lineup.

Tip-ins

The Penguins' only healthy scratch Wednesday night was winger Matt D'Agostini as Engelland again was used as a winger. ... Penguins goaltending prospect Matt Murray, a third-round draft selection in 2012, was named to Team OHL for the Canada-Russia Super Series next month. Murray is 8-1-2 with a1.98 goals-against average, a .934 save percentage and two shutouts for Sault Ste Marie. ... Goaltending prospect Eric Hartzell, who has been injured and had not appeared in a game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), was assigned to Wheeling (ECHL). Hartzell, a Hobey Baker finalist, was signed out of Quinnipiac University in the spring.

Shelly Anderson: shanderson@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1721 and Twitter @pgshelly.


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