Gary Roberts returned to the lineup on Sunday.
The veteran winger logged 12:31 of ice-time in his first game since December 29 with an ankle injury. Roberts will be rusty when the post-season begins, but will likely see only spot duty on the fourth line until his game rounds into shape.Sidney Crosby was a healthy scratch on Sunday.
The Penguins gave their superstar the day off in order to give his ailing ankle a rest. He will be ready to go on Wednesday when the Penguins take on the Senators in the first round of the playoffs.Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all but one of Philadelphia's 21 shots in the Penguins' 2-0 shutout loss to the Flyers on Sunday afternoon.
Fleury was solid in this one but the rest of his squad let him down, as they also saw their chance at the top seed in the Eastern Conference disappear. He finishes the season with a 19-10-2 record and will now prepare to take on the Senators in the first round of the playoffs.Evgeni Malkin will suit up for the Penguins for the 82nd straight time on Sunday.
The sublimely talented Russian has appeared in 159 consecutive games for Pittsburgh after missing four games with a shoulder injury in his rookie year last campaign. Malkin has notched an outstanding 47 goals and 106 points this season.Gary Roberts is expected to dress for the Penguins on Sunday against the Flyers.
"I'm looking forward to it," Roberts said. "I'm excited to play, but I'm realistic at the same time. I haven't played in three months. I'm just going to try to keep it simple, get my legs under me and get back to being part of the team." The veteran forward has not played since Dec. 29 after sustaining a broken left leg and a high ankle sprain. His gritty presence and leadership should really help the Pens in the post-season.