Ruutu practices, but a game-time decision

May 23, 2009 

Canes forward Tuomo Ruutu took part in the morning skate today, showed good mobility and could play tonight in Game 3 against the Penguins, although coach Paul Maurice is playing it coy.

"He got through the morning skate. We're pleased with how that happened," Maurice said. "We'll bring him back tonight and see if there's any increase in swelling, and he's going to make a good decision.

"He knows we've set up the guidelines for what he needs to be able to do to say that he can play in our lineup. But that decision won't be made until tonight."

Ruutu injured an ankle in Game 1 in Pittsburgh and missed Game 2.

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