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Video: Letang leaves game with lower-body injury

Mar 17, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

Pittsburgh was able to come away with their ninth straight win but it wasn’t totally painless.

Star defenseman Kris Letang left the game in the first period with an injury and did not return to action. The team reported it was a lower-body injury and Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports he will be further evaluated.

The last we saw of Letang in the game came on a play around the Penguins net that saw Boston’s Brad Marchand pursuing him. At first it appeared Marchand may have caught him on the wrist with his stick, but that’s not the case in spite of Letang looking pained as he headed off.

Check out our video of the play and see if you can figure out what happened.

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  1. habsman - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    The bigger question is, how is Botchuck?

    It’s obvious that someone in the crowd shot him.

    Diving and Embellishment, the Bruin approach. I wonder if coach Clod will make any comments?

    More footage for the Daily show eh?

  2. soj83 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    it looks like his right skate hits a rut about a half second before he bent over in pain, non-contact injuries can be the worst, possible joint or ligament damage. hope for his sake he is ok.

  3. sportsfreak13 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Teammates say he tweaked a injury in his leg that has been nagging him for awhile. Doesn’t sound like anything long term. Depres will fill in for him while he’s out. Krejci injury might be more serious and a bigger blow to that team. Hopefully both players recover quickly.

  4. crusty14 - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Anyone who watches that play and accuses Marchand of anything is complete fool. There was a race to the puck, then very little contact. Obviously he caught a rut , or strained a previous injury as someone else noted. Congrats pens on the wins. I predict a bruins pens conference final

    • upyoursnfu - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      I havent seen anyone accuse Marchand of anything….

  5. c1md6 - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    What exactly happened? I’m not being facetious, I just really can’t see what happened. I missed the game but everyone at work was saying Marchand was dirty but from that play it looked harmless unless there were better replays during the game.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Tough to say, bud. I don’t think Marchand did anything.

  6. modellforprez - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    doc & edzo during the telecast speculated it might be mid sec or ribs. hopefully creightchee is out as long as savard. awe boowhoo. yep F*CK BOSTON. marsha is next

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      Way to be classy. I hope you are not a pens fan because we don’t need trash like you as a part of our fanbase. From all knowledgable pens fans YOU SUCK.

    • tfaltin - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Savard’s life will never be the same. He’ll have memory issues, light sensitivity and headaches for the long term. His hockey career is done. To make light of, or wish that upon another person is despicable. I’m not even a Boston fan but the amount of jealousy driven hate directed towards the B’s is distrubing.

  7. thehighcountrybear - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    oxymoron: knowledgeable pens fans

    • habsman - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      regularmoron: highcountrybear.

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    If it’s serious it could disastrous for the Pens. I know there aren’t many worrying in the midst of the winning streak, and Pitt has overcome the loss of Malkin without skipping a beat, but Letang is hugely important. He plays all situations and there’s no defender on the roster who even comes close to his presence. Easily one of the top Norris contenders, so if he misses extended time it makes their D very vulnerable. If it’s nothing then NVM, but they need him come playoff time if they wanna win a cup. Can’t outscore everyone in the playoffs. If I remember correctly the Pens were the hottest team in hockey, by far, heading into last years playoffs. Then their defense and Goaltending let them down.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      I hate that you’re right, but…you’re right. Letang has become extremely important in getting the puck up the ice. They’ll need him for at least another 2 years, I’d imagine. I think they’ll be ok, but only for now.

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