Penguins recall defenseman Lovejoy

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Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik has what coach Dan Bylsma today characterized as "a two-week injury, lower body."

Orpik became the lastest injury victim for the team Monday when he was hit into the boards by Boston's Mark Stuart. His left side appeared to take the brunt of the blow.

Bylsma indicated the club had feared it would be a more severe injury that would keep him out longer.

As expected, the Penguins recalled defenseman Ben Lovejoy from their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farm club and he will play tonight against New Jersey at Mellon Arena. Lovejoy, 25, has two goals and an assist in seven games with Wilkes-Barre. Last season, he led the American Hockey League with a plus-minus rating of plus-42 and had seven goals, 24 assists.

Orpik is the latest in a string of Penguins injuries. Injured forwards Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) and Max Talbot (shoulder) and injured defenseman Sergei Gonchar (wrist) were on the ice skating hard with coach Dan Bylsma before the Penguins' morning skate and remained out for the practice. Malkin and Talbot were not wearing red, non-contact jerseys.


Shelly Anderson can be reached at shanderson@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1721.


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