Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Oldest 2 Players Return to Boost Lineup

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Oldest 2 Players Return to Boost Lineup

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Penguins' two oldest players returned from injury Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Matt Cullen came back from a nagging, lower-body injury that had kept him out the past three games, and defenseman Mark Streit came back from a lower-body injury that limited his playing time to just 5:08 Monday night in Calgary.

Cullen's return is fairly straightforward. He said this injury isn't the type of thing he expects to have to play through the rest of the way. With some rest behind him, he should be fine.

The game Wednesday was not a typical one for Streit, who had been a Flyer since 2013 before he was traded to Tampa Bay and ultimately the Penguins a few minutes before the NHL trade deadline.

It was Streit's first game back to Philadelphia, and many of his former teammates had effusive praise for the veteran.

"He did a lot for this organization," forward Claude Giroux said. "A lot of guys have a lot of respect for that guy."

"I had a great time here, a great experience playing for the Flyers," said Streit, who mentored many of the organization's young defensemen. "A lot of young guys came up. They're doing well. It's a good feeling if you can help somebody in their career."

Cullen's positive impact on the Penguins has been well-documented. From hearing coach Mike Sullivan talk, it sounds as if Streit might be on his way to similar status.

"He's helped us win since he's been here," Sullivan said of Streit. "He's a veteran guy. He's played a lot of hockey. I think he knows his strengths. He knows how to play within himself. The type of player he is lends [itself] to the type of game we're trying to play."

HORNQVIST SKATES

Patric Hornqvist skated with teammates for the first time since getting a concussion March 5 against Buffalo.

The workout lasted for more than an hour. Afterward, Hornqvist reported no problems.

"It's nice to be back with the boys, on the road and get back practicing," Hornqvist said. "I'm feeling good."

Getting his legs back was actually not that much of an issue, said Hornqvist, who said the symptoms from his concussion did not occur right away. …

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