Penguins Notebook: Severe cut on left hand ends Tangradi's season


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PHILADELPHIA -- The Penguins expect to learn in the next few days if power-forward prospect Eric Tangradi will require surgery to repair the damage done when his left hand was severely cut during an Ontario Hockey League playoff game Thursday.

General manager Ray Shero said yesterday that preliminary indications are that Tangradi, acquired from Anaheim in the Ryan Whitney trade, will not experience any long-term effects from the injury.

"I don't think so," Shero said. "That's not what we've heard."

He added, though, that nothing will be definitive until Tangradi undergoes a Magnetic Resonance Imaging examination, which is expected to be done early this week in Pittsburgh or Tangradi's hometown of Philadelphia.

Tangradi was hurt in a collision with Brampton goalie Thomas McCollum in Game 5 of an Ontario Hockey League series between Belleville and the Battalion. Tangradi left that game and did not play in the Bulls' 7-4 season-ending loss in Brampton the next night.


Tickets for second round

Approximately 2,000 tickets for each of the Penguins' first two games in the second round will go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The dates and times will be announced later.

Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster location or at the Mellon Arena box office.

Fans should be aware that a lottery system will be used at the Gate One box office and Ticketmaster locations.


Hours before Tangradi was injured, Shero said he planned to have him join the Penguins' minor league team in Wilkes-Barre for the balance of the Baby Penguins' playoff run because "we want him to get to know our staff down there, our players, our systems and to just see Wilkes-Barre. ... The only thing he's known so far has been the team that drafted him, and their camps."

Tangradi's season is over, although Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will continue playing. The Baby Penguins are off until Saturday, when they will begin a second-round series against Hershey.

Lots of possiblities

Here are the second-round matchup possibilities for the Penguins:

• If Washington (down, 3-2, to the New York Rangers) and New Jersey (up, 3-2, over Carolina) advance, the Penguins will face Boston, with the Bruins having home ice.

• If Washington and Carolina advance, the Penguins will meet the Capitals, with Washington having home ice.

• If the Rangers and Devils advance, the Penguins will face New Jersey, with the Devils having home ice.

• If the Rangers and Hurricanes advance, the Penguins will face Carolina and have home ice.

Sykora's future unclear

Right winger Petr Sykora lost his spot in the lineup for Game 5 after scoring just two goals in the previous 21 games and was scratched again yesterday.

Whether that slump will have a long-term impact on his future with the Penguins isn't clear.

Sykora will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and Shero declined to say whether his recent struggles will have any impact on the team's interest in trying to re-sign him.

"Player personnel issues will be addressed at the end of the year," he said. "Including Petr."

Tip-ins

The Penguins made one lineup change, inserting defenseman Kris Letang in place of Philippe Boucher. The other scratches were Sykora and Eric Godard. ... The Penguins have not been involved in a Game 7 since 2001, when they defeated Buffalo in double-overtime on a Darius Kasparaitis goal.



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