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Kris Letang practiced this morning

Mar 10, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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While the Penguins are busy seeing if Sidney Crosby will be ready to go for tomorrow’s game against Boston, they had a surprise appearance at practice this morning.

Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that injured defenseman Kris Letang joined the team for practice for the first time since being put out of action on February 29 against Dallas. Letang was knocked out of that game thanks to a hit from Stars forward Eric Nystrom. While many suspect that Letang suffered a concussion on the play, the team hasn’t confirmed that.

Seeing Letang back out practicing with the team just a week and a half after getting hurt is a great sign for the Penguins. While the team would love to get Crosby back soon, going without Letang hurts them more.

With how well Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal have played, they haven’t fully missed Crosby’s production. Letang’s abilities on the blue line at both ends of the ice are missed greatly and something they’ll need to be able to win the Stanley Cup.

  1. jpelle82 - Mar 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    look out. crosby and letang back? just in time…the rest of the schedule doesnt look so difficult now…next 8 games are BOS, NYR, NJ, PHI, WPG, NSH, OTT, NJ in that order…all playoff teams

  2. killerpgh - Mar 10, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Letang is key to the Penguins making any kind of run in the playoff, IMO. Even more so then Crosby. (I know that sounds crazy, but I do believe it) The team has no one to replace Letang in the system or on the team. Tanger plays 25+ minutes in all situations against the top lines of the other team. I’m not 100% sure but I don’t think the pens have scored a power play goal since he has went out.

  3. sportsfreak13 - Mar 10, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    He only practiced with the team because there was only one session of ice time available today. Lets not get too excited about this until bylsma updates his status. Still good to see him doing on ice workouts.

  4. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    well I hope he kept his head up
    😀 too soon ?

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Who cares???

  6. sportsfreak13 - Mar 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Who cares about the sharks, or you opinion for that matter.

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