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By Josh Yohe
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010
 

MONTREAL — Chris Kunitz remained unavailable in the Penguins' 5-3 loss at Montreal Saturday, but his return appears set for today.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said following Saturday's game that Kunitz will likely play today in Washington. The winger hasn't played since Jan. 3 in Florida.

He had surgery to fix an abdominal injury and has been practicing with the team for more than a week.

There had been a school of thought that the Penguins would rest Kunitz until the Olympic break, giving him an additional three weeks to rest, but he stated Tuesday that he intended on playing at some point this weekend.

Kuntiz also said that he still felt discomfort while skating but suspected that pain was simply part of the healing process and that nothing concerning the surgery was aggravated.

Callups

Center Mark Letestu was again up from Wilkes-Barre and centered the Penguins' third line. He was a minus-1 and recorded three shots on goal.

Right wing Tim Wallace, who saw action with the Penguins last season, played on the fourth line. He received only 5:50 of ice time.

More PP struggles

It wasn't a good day for the Penguins' power play in Montreal. With a man advantage, the Penguins went 0-for-3 and registered only one shot.

Plus/minus

Penguins left wing Ruslan Fedotenko was a minus-2 in Montreal and is now a team-worst minus-12.

On a roll

Center Evgeni Malkin has a nine-game scoring streak after recording a goal and an assist against Montreal. Malkin and center Jordan Staal once again skated on the same line.

Long skid snapped

Center Sidney Crosby's assist on Bill Guerin's goal was the first point in Montreal for the Penguins' captain since Feb. 4, 2007. He hadn't registered a point in his past three trips to the Bell Center and also missed two games here because of injuries earlier in his career.

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