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Letang (lower body) returns to Pens practice, feels ‘pretty good’

Feb 12, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT


There was a welcome sight at Pittsburgh practice on Tuesday as Kris Letang skated with teammates for the first time in five days.

Letang, who suffered an undisclosed lower-body injury in a Super Bowl Sunday victory over Washington, has missed the Penguins’ last three games and is still listed as day-to-day. He hadn’t participated in practice since Feb. 7.

“Felt pretty good,” told the Penguins website. “It was the first time I’ve practiced with the team so I had a chance to battle in the corner.

“I stayed later to do extra. It felt pretty good.”

Pens head coach Dan Bylsma said his All-Star defenseman could be upgraded to a gametime decision prior to Wednesday’s contest against Ottawa.

Bylsma liked what he saw from Letang during Tuesday’s practice and was pleased the injury held up through contact.

“We had some contact drills, we had some D-zone, so it was a pretty stressful day on a lower-body injury,” Bylsma explained. “He did pretty well.”

  1. Stiller43 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Yes! Good news

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I’m all for not rushing it, as bad as it sucked to lose two straight (and no, I’m not saying they would have won if he were in). They’re second in the ATL, fifth overall in the East…would rather make sure he’s not going to reinjure if that’s even a possibility. I would have liked to have seen Morrow play on Sunday instead of Reese, though (not that Reese did bad, though). I guess the points are easier to get now instead of later, though.

    • killerpgh - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      WBS played on Friday and Saturday. If Marrow would have played on Sunday it would have been 3 straight days playing a game. Not a good thing for a player that would have been making his NHL debut. There was concerns that Martin might not of been able to play as he missed the morning skate and that would of been the only way Marrow got in the lineup.

  3. steelpenbucs87 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Glad to see Letang is on his way back, but I would prefer if they didn’t rush him – especially if its a groin, those tend to be nagging injuries.

  4. bmscalise - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Sounds like Niskanen will be back by the weekend too – which is also a big deal.

    It was really unlucky that we were without our entire 2nd pairing for the home and home against the Devils last weekend – especially since the Pens had to play 6 in 9 (ridiculous, by the way). They can only foist so many minutes on Orpik and Martin: we had two rookies and a career AHLer playing much more than ideal. And Engelland didn’t look very good. We probably could have held up against another team, but the Devils MO is wearing people down – just not enough left in the tank for the defensemen.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      pens will be in a pickle when niskanen comes back. i dont wanna see bortuzzo sent back down.

  5. ironman721 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Good because the Pens have been awful without him.

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