Penguins, Flyers tweak lineups for Game 2 matchup

Updated: May 11, 2008, 7:40 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers made minor adjustments to their lineups for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference final series Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

Max Talbot

Talbot

Rugged forward Max Talbot, who missed the last three games with a foot injury after blocking a shot in Game 3 of the previous series against the New York Rangers, is in the lineup for the Penguins.

"He's going to play," head coach Michel Therrien said Sunday morning.

When asked who would come out, Therrien was noncommittal.

"We'll see. He's a popular guy, eh?" the coached said.

When Talbot was in the lineup centering the team's fourth line, either Adam Hall or Gary Roberts was out. Look for Hall to be in the press box given Roberts' playoff experience. Talbot has one goal and one assist in the playoffs.

The Flyers, meanwhile, added a little grit to their lineup with Steve Downie returning to action in place of Patrick Thoresen.

Downie, suspended during the preseason for 20 games for a hit on Ottawa's Dean McAmmond, has played in four playoff games this spring, three against Montreal in the second round and one against Washington in the first round. He has one assist and 10 penalty minutes.

"Our fourth line has been big contributors in the playoffs here. I think all those guys, including Patrick, have done a great job. And we just think Downie gives us another right-hand shot in the lineup. Competitive guy, he can create a little bit offensively. He's a big-game player. We're going to give him a chance to play," Stevens said Sunday.

The Flyers are hoping to avoid going down two games in this series after they lost 4-2 in Game 1 on Friday night.

"I think in Game 1 we really didn't play the way we had been recently in playoff games," Flyers forward Jeff Carter said before Sunday's game.

"They are sneaking guys behind us and we really need to be aware. That's kind of the way they play; they take a lot of risks. It's been working out for them, and we really have to be aware of what they are doing, and where their guys are going. They like to sneak in behind, and kind of get lost in the ice and they are pretty good at finding them too," Carter added.

Game 3 is Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Scott Burnside is the NHL writer for ESPN.com.

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