Jeremy Roenick returned to the San Jose Sharks' lineup on Saturday after missing 28 games with a shoulder injury.
Roenick hadn't played since Dec. 11, when he tore cartilage in
his shoulder during a game against Anaheim. The 20-year NHL
veteran's recovery went slowly, but he joined Claude Lemieux and
enforcer Jody Shelley on the Sharks' fourth line against Atlanta.
Roenick, who has 512 career goals, scored three goals and added
five assists in the Sharks' first 28 games.
Defenseman Brad Lukowich also was activated off the Sharks'
injured reserve list before the game, but was a late scratch after
taking pregame warmups. Lukowich missed his 18th game with a sports hernia.
Tomas Plihal also returned to the Sharks' lineup after missing
two games with a lower-body injury.
The Western Conference-leading Sharks made room for their
returning regulars by sending forwards Jamie McGinn, Brad Staubitz
and Lukas Kaspar to their top minor league affiliate in Worcester,