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Eaton out of Pens lineup with injury

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009
 

Mark Eaton had been the only member of the Penguins' top six defensemen to avoid missing a game due to injury this season.

An injury in Buffalo Saturday, however, kept him out of the lineup against New Jersey Monday, and how long he will remain on the shelf remains a mystery.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma indicated following Monday's morning skate that he didn't believe Eaton's injury was "long term," but the defenseman was set to have an MRI on his knee later in the afternoon.

Eaton sustained season-ending injuries during the 2006-07 and the 2007-08 campaigns. He was a steady presence during last year's Stanley Cup run, scoring four goals while playing solid defense alongside partner Kris Letang.

"He's being evaluated by our doctors," Bylsma said. "It's not long term at this point, but we still need our doctors to take a look at him."

Eaton was injured in the second period Saturday and did not return.

• Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was given the NHL's second star for his performance last week. Chicago netminder Cristobal Huet landed the No. 1 star. Fleury went 3-0 last week, including shootout victories in Buffalo and Philadelphia that saw him stop all five breakaways he faced. "That's cool," Fleury said. "I'm down with that."

• The Penguins have awarded scholarships to three local high school hockey players. Airi Bentley and Nicole Sharkey, both of whom attend Creative and Performing Arts High School, and Brashear High School student Corey Cunningham have been awarded the scholarships, which are valued at $1,500 each.

• New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur entered Monday's game with 103 career shutouts, which is tied with Terry Sawchuk for the most in NHL history. Fleury grew up idolizing Brodeur, and playing against one of the NHL's all-time great netminders is a treat for the entire team. "People get up to play against Marty," said Mike Rupp, who played parts of five seasons with the Devils before coming to Pittsburgh. "It's always been that way."

DIGITS

42 -- Penguins' man-games lost to injury by defensemen

HE SAID IT

"You better not try to be fancy. Getting the puck on net and getting traffic in front of him is the only way to do it."

- Mike Rupp, on the best way to beat Brodeur

 

 

 
 


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