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“The league looked at it and made a decision that it was a one-game suspension,” the Lightning forward said.

“I don’t know if it’s enough, but still it’s for one game. He’s a good player and he’s not going to be able to play for them,” Gagne added. “It’s going to be a big loss for them. He’s a big part of their team.”

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Mike Comrie or Eric Tangradi, both scratches for Game 3 on Monday night, could replace Kunitz for Game 4. Marc-Andre Bergeron is among the options Lightning coach Guy Boucher is considering as a fill-in for Downie.

Meanwhile, there’s been no change in the status of Penguins star Sidney Crosby, who has been out since January because of a concussion.

“He was on the ice today skating with the team,” Bylsma said after practice at the St. Pete Times Forum. “Nothing has changed. His rehab today prescribed by the doctor was back on the ice.”

After regaining home-ice advantage on Monday night, the Penguins will be looking to take a commanding lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference matchup. Game 5 is Saturday in Pittsburgh.

“Obviously we want to get back in our building with a 3-1 lead. They’ll be a desperate hockey club. It should be a great game,” Penguins right wing Pascal Dupuis said.

“It’s huge for both teams, obviously,” Talbot added. “We’re going to keep doing what we’ve doing, but at the same time we know how they’re going to come out. It’s important for them to have a good start and to score the first goal. We know they’re going to do everything they can to get it.”

The Lightning, which has nine players who made their playoff debut in the series opener, said its important they not dwell on losing Game 3.

“We know what we did wrong, the mitsakes we made on the ice,” captain Vincent Lecavalier said. “We’ve just got to rebound, reload and make sure we’re ready.”