Penguins notebook: Defenseman Martin has surgery on broken hand
CHICAGO — It isn't expected to alter the timetable for his return, but Paul Martin elected to have surgery on his broken right hand at the recommendation of physicians.
The procedure on the Penguins defenseman was performed Thursday, coach Dan Bylsma said after practice Friday at Soldier Field. Martin's hand was injured while playing for Team USA in an Olympic quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic on Feb. 19 in Sochi, Russia.
“Upon further review by the doctors, it was decided that surgery on Paul Martin's hand would be a better avenue for recovery (and) a quicker recovery,” Bylsma said.
Bylsma said Tuesday that Martin was out four to six weeks.
“It's roughly the same time frame (after the surgery),” Bylsma said Friday.
The playoffs begin April 16.
It won't change the result of the game. But it helps clear Tanner Glass' name.
The NHL on Friday rescinded a five-minute elbowing major and game misconduct Glass was assessed late in Thursday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Replays showed Glass never made contact with the head of Alexei Emelin, as on-ice officials concluded. Montreal scored during the resulting power play to tie the game and went on to win 6-5 in a shootout.
“Sometimes a player gets a penalty, and they know they might have done something or know maybe it was a little bit of a poor line,” Bylsma said. “Tanner (was) flabbergasted he got a penalty. He was confident he didn't have his arms up and didn't have his elbow up.”
Bylsma also absolved the officials for making the call — one that, indirectly at least, cost his team a point in the standings.
“There was a big, loud smack on the helmet, so maybe that's what the referee saw or heard to call it,” Bylsma said. “It's tough … but we have got to kill that off.”
Letang skates … casually
Defenseman Kris Letang skated on the outdoor rink Friday, but it was part of the “family skate.”
Letang, who suffered a stroke Jan. 29, skated at Soldier Field after practice, accompanied by his wife and son and several teammates and their families.
“Just a casual skate,” Bylsma said.
Letang will not play for at least another month before being re-evaluated.
Fleury cut by own helmet
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury sported a two-stitch gash above his right eye Friday that would have made any hockey player proud.
But it wasn't from a puck or a stick or even a fist during a fight.
It was from his own helmet, which fell on him from above his locker.
The locker stalls in the Soldier Field visitors' locker room feature a downward-sloping ceiling. Fleury instinctively put his helmet there before practice.
It slid off and caught Fleury, slicing him open and causing light swelling.
“I'm just used to a regular locker, I guess,” Fleury said with a shrug and grin.
Chris Adamski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.
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