Penguins goalie Fleury fine after tough loss
Despite taking quite a beating against the Islanders Tuesday, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury practiced Wednesday and will be available for Thursday night's rematch in Long Island. Fleury took a shot to the jaw, was knocked over once and had his mask dislodged in a collision with defenseman Paul Martin on Tuesday.
The Penguins maintained he was pulled from the game because of an uncharacteristically poor performance, not health reasons. This was confirmed when Fleury practiced Wednesday.
"It's good," he said. "Couple of good hits. We're lucky. We play with good helmets."
Fleury isn't certainly whether he will play against the Islanders, but he will play either Thursday night or Friday in Buffalo. He will likely play in just one of those two games.
"There was no injury," he said. "No lingering effects. Just a tough game."
> > Goalie Brent Johnson, out for a month with a knee injury, might be dressed Thursday night in New York. Johnson practiced again Wednesday and said he is essentially 100 percent.
"Possibly," he said about dressing Thursday night. "I'm starting to feel really good. There are a few kinks to work out."
Johnson would prefer to get one start before the playoffs begin.
"It is important," he said. "If I don't, I don't. But if there's an opportunity, I'd love to get one in."
> > Defenseman Kris Letang will not make the road trip to New York and Buffalo. The earliest he could return to action is Sunday against the Flyers. Letang is out with a lower-body injury. He was present at practice but did not skate.
> > Defenseman Matt Niskanen (lower-body injury) and center Joe Vitale (shoulder injury) skated Wednesday but aren't likely to play on the upcoming road trip.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Police officer fatally shot in New Florence; suspect in custody
- Four downs: Steelers might still be Adams’ best bet
- Zatkoff’s, Malkin’s heroics not enough as Oilers down Penguins in shootout
- Steelers find success vs. NFC
- Steelers notebook: Brown downplays possible matchup against Seahawks’ Sherman
- Offense continues to click as Panthers hold off Kent State, 85-76
- As historic breakup nears, Alcoa works to redefine its ‘advantage’
- Woman dies after bleeding on sidewalk outside Carrick pizzeria
- Aliquippa wins 16th WPIAL title, ends South Fayette’s 44-game winning streak
- Central Catholic wins 5th WPIAL football title
- Indiana Twp. liver transplant recipient, 2, takes steps toward normal life