Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

After 2 Months, Scuderi Returns

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

After 2 Months, Scuderi Returns

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Penguins, who entered their game Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets with 219 man-games lost to injury, got defenseman Rob Scuderi back after an absence of more than two months because of a broken left ankle.

He was paired with Robert Bortuzzo and played 18 minutes, 1 second with two blocked shots in a 5-3 win at Nationwide Arena.

"I felt OK," Scuderi said. "Conditioning, it wasn't a problem. Skating, it wasn't a problem. The only thing that's very awkward for me was just trying to get your bearings, where you're supposed to be, positioning, where the puck is. I struggled with that."

Brandon Dubinsky got around Scuderi to score Columbus' first goal.

"To be honest, I was hoping a situation like that would happen a little later in the game, maybe when I had my legs under me. It was my second shift, and I just got caught and I got beat. I'm not going to hide it. It's just something you haven't seen in two months. I'm glad it happened, so at least I'm prepared next time."

PLAN FOR COACHES WORKS

Dan Bylsma's three Penguins assistant coaches previously have been head coaches -- Tony Granato and Jacques Martin in the NHL, and Todd Reirden in the American Hockey League.

Martin was added to the Penguins staff last summer, and, through the first half of this season, the four have worked out a system of assignments.

"The special teams has remained with Todd in charge of doing the power play, Tony has done the penalty kill," Bylsma said.

"Jacques and I are breaking down the game together every game in terms of responsibilities. Jacques has a different focus by nature than I do."

Martin, a former goaltender, is geared more toward defense, while Bylsma, a former winger, is geared more to the forwards.

Reirden regularly joins Bylsma behind the bench. Against the Blue Jackets, Martin was on the bench, with Granato watching from the press box level.

"Jacques and Tony have split duties on the bench, with one guy being upstairs as the eye in the sky and kind of evaluating our team game from upstairs," Bylsma said. …

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