Staal returns in Game 4

MONTREAL -- Pittsburgh center Jordan Staal returned to the Penguins' lineup for Game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Staal, who had foot tendon surgery six days earlier, was back on the ice after missing two games of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Penguins carried a 2-1 lead into Thursday night's game.

Staal, who missed Games 2 and 3, skated for a third straight day during morning practice at Bell Centre. He severed a tendon in his right foot on the skate of Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban in Pittsburgh's 6-3 win in the series opener.

He returned to the ice Tuesday and skated for about five minutes in a tracksuit before sitting out the Penguins' 2-0 win in Game 3.