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Pens’ Bennett undergoes wrist surgery, out four months

May 22, 2014, 6:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: Beau Bennett #19 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates down the ice against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Getty Images

Another day, another Penguin undergoing major offseason surgery.

This time, it’s sophomore forward Beau Bennett, who following the team’s playoff exit told reporters he’d be undergoing surgery on a bothersome wrist injury — per the Post-Gazette, that procedure happened today and will sideline Bennett for the next four months.

Bennett missed 61 games this year with the injury — that never fully healed — and, last week, 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 NHL.com. “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 mentioned above, Bennett is just the latest Penguin to go under the knife. Prospect Derrick Pouliot had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum on Wednesday and, earlier today, blueliner Olli Maatta underwent the same procedure on his shoulder. Both are expected to miss the next 4-6 months rehabbing.

 

  1. sayingthetruthperiod - May 22, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Just so there is no confusion. This is a completely different wrist injury than before. The prior one was in college and it was a cut tendon by a skate blade. It was a fluke injury.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - May 22, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    I swear I’ve begun to believe that St. Francis Hospital has decided to haunt the Pens at Consol. Nothing but injuries & freak accidents have haunted us since it’s opening.

  3. steelcity333 - May 22, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Why not? Come join the party in the OR.

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