VANCOUVER, British Columbia--The Penguins have signed junior hockey goaltender Alex Pechurski from the Tri-Cities Americans of the Western Hockey League on an amateur tryout contract, an indication that No. 1 goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury probably won't be available to play tonight against the Vancouver Canucks.
Pechurski, 19, was the Penguins' fifth-round draft pick in 2008. He recently came to North American after playing in the Metallurg organization in his hometown of Magnitogorsk, Russia. That's the same city and team that produced Penguins center Evgeni Malkin.
Pechurski, 6 feet and 187 pounds, played in a 3-2 win last night. He is at GM Place, where the Penguins will hold their morning skate later.
Pechurski could be the backup to John Curry, 25, tonight. Curry played in three NHL games last season but none this season.
Fleury has a broken left ring finger he got in the team's most recent game. Regular backup Brent Johnson has an undisclosed injury. He is eligible to come off injured reserve today, but that doesn't appear likely.
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