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Bennett to get wrist surgery after ‘useless’ performance vs. Rangers

May 15, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh sophomore Beau Bennett missed 61 games this year with a wrist injury that never fully healed and, on Thursday, acknowledged the ailment rendered him ineffective in the Pens’ second-round loss to New York.

“I don’t want to make any excuses,” he said, per “The wrist thing, it is what it is. I tried to play as hard as I could and the Ranger games, I was useless out there, to be honest.

“I was just trying to get the puck deep. I couldn’t make plays, couldn’t push on guys.'”

Bennett, the 20th overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has shown flashes of good scoring ability during his first two years in the league (21 points in 47 games), and Pittsburgh certainly could’ve used his offense against the Rangers. The Pens finished series by scoring just three goals on Henrik Lundqvist in the final three games and only 14 goals over the course of the full seven.

Bennett finished with no goals and one assist against the Blueshirts.

As for surgery, Bennett said he’ll remain in Pittsburgh to undergo the procedure, then head back to his native California. He added he’ll likely return to Pittsburgh earlier than normal to rehab the injury.


  1. killerpgh - May 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Bennett has potential, but he might be more injury prone than Marian Gaborik.

    • hockey412 - May 15, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      It’s always the same injury, though. I want to say this thing has been with him since his last year at Denver (only played 10 games that season…though I’m not positive it was the same injury)…chronic injuries are no good.

    • c9castine - May 15, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      i know maybe if you stop talking about it, it wont happen

      gonna jinx him.

      • mangoman1966 - May 15, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        Why did the pens give him the okay to return if it wasn’t healed. Starting to wonder about a lot of decisions of this team

  2. jaybaileys - May 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Shocking another surgery for this guy

  3. barkar942 - May 15, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    “The Pens finished series by scoring just three goals on Henrik Lundqvist in the final three games.”
    Beg to differ. Malkin was the only Pens player to score on Hank. The other two were off of Girardi’s stick and Klines leg. So in theory, the Pens finished the last three games scoring only one goal.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - May 15, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    So far he’s been nothing but injury prone. He’s a good player but he’s yet to live up to his first round pedigree.

  5. penguins87and71 - May 15, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    I think he can be a pretty good player, but his injury prone so far into his early career. It’s not good when your a forward and you have bad wrists. Hopefully this is the last of his injury problems for a while.

  6. timmons94 - May 15, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Problem was disco Dan refused to put engelland and glass in there to make guys pay for abusing Crosby and Malkin. Pens lack an enforcer

  7. 950003cups - May 15, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Everyone is making excuses in Pittsburgh. Players and media. There was “in-fighting” “my hand hurt” “they disrespected me” “coach sucks” etc……

    Pens weren’t making excuses when they had a 3-1 lead. They had three chances to put away the rags and failed.

    Zip their lips and start over next year like the rest of us.

    Devils fans might be more pissed than Pens fans about the loss. It killed us to see those clowns and their team gloating after a huge comeback win!

  8. bobc74 - May 15, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    But the puzzling thing is that even though Bennett admits he was ineffective, it wasn’t until after the 6th game of the series the coach recognized this and put someone else in his place. Meanwhile other players that maybe could have scored goals were either scratched (Tyler Pyatt, Deryk Engelland) or were sent back to WB/S (Jayson Megna). Even though he’s a natural defenseman, playing a healthy Deryk Engelland as a 4th line forward has got to be better than shuffling an injured Bennett around the top 3 lines.

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