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Gibbons returns to Penguins lineup in Game 2

Brian Gibbons,  Brandon Sutter

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Brian Gibbons (49) celebrates his second goal of the first period with teammate Brandon Sutter (16) during a first-round NHL playoff hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Pittsburgh on Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


The Pittsburgh Penguins were able to make what could be a sneaky-big upgrade for Game 2 against the New York Rangers on Sunday, as it appears Brian Gibbons is good to go tonight.

The speedy, small forward replaces tough guy Tanner Glass. The team announced Pittsburgh’s lines as the following:

Gibbons’ last appearance was in Game 2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Penguins’ first-round series. The 26-year-old scored two goals in just 2:26 of ice time in that game before suffering an injury that ended his night.

He wasn’t the same kind of force during the regular season - 17 points in 41 games - but there’s at least the potential for him to make an impact.

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