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Penguins recall left wing Farnham from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

| Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, 9:27 a.m.
The Flyers' Matt Read (24) gets checked off the puck by the Penguins' Paul Martin (7) on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia.
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The Flyers' Matt Read (24) gets checked off the puck by the Penguins' Paul Martin (7) on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA — Penguins coach Mike Johnston described his team's performance in a 5-2 loss Sunday to the Rangers as “flat.”

There's nothing flat about left wing Bobby Farnham.

The Penguins recalled Farnham from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday, and he was in the lineup against the Flyers.

“One of the biggest parts of my game is bringing energy,” Farnham said. “I want to be that sparkplug.”

Farnham didn't produce a point in his earlier 10-game stint in the NHL but was a presence almost every game. He drew nearly a penalty per game, fought on multiple occasions and threw a number of memorable hits.

“We need to play with more emotion, more intensity,” Johnston said. “Farns plays like that.”

Games between the Penguins and Flyers seldom lack intensity.

Farnham said that he couldn't have scripted better timing for his recall.

“This is definitely a game you think about playing in,” Farnham said. “It's awesome that I have an opportunity to play in this game.”

Johnston said he was pleased with Farnham's performance during his 10-game stint. However, the Penguins welcomed multiple injured players back into the lineup, and Johnston didn't want Farnham to be a healthy scratch in Pittsburgh.

“As with all these young guys without NHL experience,” Johnston said, “it's important for them to play and keep their confidence. I thought Farns did a really good job for us. He's an energy guy, a great forechecker. He can turn the momentum of a game around with one shift.”

Hornqvist, Comeau will skate soon

Forwards Patrick Hornqvist (foot) and Blake Comeau (wrist) could start skating within the next week, Johnston said.

“Both are getting X-rays this week,” Johnston said. “We'll know from those X-rays what the timeline is.”

Johnston said team doctors expect both players will be cleared to skate “within four or five days.”

The NHL All-Star break falls within that time period, but Johnston believes both could be “skating in some form or fashion” when the Penguins resume practice following the break Monday.

Downie returns

Right wing Steve Downie, who started his career with the Flyers, has played in Philadelphia while playing for Tampa Bay.

Tuesday marked his first appearance at Wells Fargo Center while wearing a Penguins sweater.

“It's a good rivalry. Good to be a part of,” Downie said.

He still has friends on the Flyers roster, but Downie doesn't hide his allegiance.

“I'm on this side now,” he said.

Despres dealing with illness

Defenseman Simon Despres was ordered back to the team hotel Tuesday morning because of an illness and was unable to play in the game. He was replaced by rookie defenseman Scott Harrington as he was unable to participate in the game.

Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @JoshYohe_Trib.

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