Ruutu returns to Canes' lineup

Updated: May 23, 2009, 7:43 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu tested himself in a pregame skate prior to returning to the lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh.

The physical forward missed Game 2 because of an injury to his lower body in Game 1.

Patrick Dwyer was removed from the line-up to make way for the gritty Tuomo, who suffered a lower body injury after being dumped by Pittsburgh defenseman Mark Eaton in the first period.

The Penguins lead the series 2-0.

ESPN.com's Scott Burnside contributed to this report. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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