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NHL rescinds Letang's major penalty

| Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010

PHILADELPHIA — Count Kris Letang as the rare Penguins defenseman who received some good news early this season.

He was informed Saturday morning that the NHL rescinded his major penalty for an illegal hit to the head.

"It's really important," he said before the Penguins played the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. "You never know what is going to happen during a game. You don't want to have one of those against you early in the year and then miss an important game late in the season because something happened."

He was ejected from a home win Friday against the New York Islanders after on-ice officials judged his second-period collision with left wing Blake Comeau was in violation of Rule 48, which penalizes a player for blindside hits to the head. Replays showed Letang and Comeau collided shoulder to shoulder.

Had Letang's penalty not been stripped, he would have been subject to suspension if he incurred a second major penalty for an illegal hit to the head.

Orpik slowly progressing

Defenseman Brooks Orpik (groin) missed a fourth consecutive game yesterday, but coach Dan Bylsma said he remains day-to-day.

Orpik, bothered by this injury since the midpoint of training camp, skated lightly Friday morning. He did not accompany the Penguins to Philadelphia. Bylsma suggested Orpik could try to practice Monday morning before a home game that night against Ottawa.

The Penguins have played only two games with their new shutdown defense pair of Orpik and Zbynek Michalek; the latter missed a third straight game with an undisclosed right-shoulder injury.

Tangradi's homecoming

Left wing Eric Tangradi, fresh off scoring his first NHL goal Friday night, estimated that about 100 family and friends found their way to his first game in his hometown of Philadelphia.

A good chunk of his support group watched from a private box.

"My dad plans ahead for just about everything, and he was able to get a box," Tangradi said. "The Flyers worked with him pretty well to get all my family and friends taken care of."

Tangradi was in the penalty box for a high-sticking double minor in the first period, when the Flyers opened the scoring with their first power-play goal since their season-opening win at Consol Energy Center.

Around the boards

Right wing Craig Adams was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. ... The Flyers played without left wing Dan Carcillo and defensemen Matt Walker and Oskars Bartulis. ... Approximately three minutes elapsed before the crowd's first derogatory chant aimed at center Sidney Crosby.

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