Penguins Gill to miss two to four weeks

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Penguins defenseman Hal Gill, joining the growing list of injured players, will miss two to four weeks with a right shoulder injury he got during the third period Saturday at Ottawa.

Gill is the fourth defenseman out, along with Ryan Whitney (foot surgery), Sergei Gonchar (shoulder surgery) and Phillippe Boucher (undisclosed injury), although Boucher returned to practice today, meaning he could return in a week or so. Whitney is practicing with the team and hopes to return later this month. Gonchar is out until later in the season.

The Penguins over the weekend recalled defenseman Ben Lovejoy from their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farm club, and he made his NHL debut Monday in a 4-3 loss to Buffalo.

In other injury news, coach Michel Therrien said goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who is practicing as he comes back from an apparent groin injury, will not play in the three games remaning this week.

Also today, the Penguins reassigned winger Janne Pesonen to Wilkes-Barre and called up forwards Jeff Taffe and Tim Wallace.

Taffe has 29 points with the Baby Penguin to rank second on the team. Wallace has seven points and 31 penalty minutes.

Pesonen played sparingly in the past three games in what was his second call-up of the season.


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