Penguins goalie Vokoun will skate tomorrow

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Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who has been out all season because of a blood clot problem, was taken off of blood-thinners about a week ago, coach Dan Bylsma said today.

Vokoun will skate Wednesday morning and then will see a doctor, Bylsma said, and when his blood levels return to normal he will be allowed to face shots.

"It's really encouraging for Tomas," Bylsma said. "It's been a long road.

"But it's just a first step. He's got a long road."

Vokoun had a procedure to dissolve a clot in September during training camp.

Rookie Jeff Zatkoff has stepped in as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup at goalie with Vokoun out.

Shelly Anderson:, 412-263-1721 and Twitter @pgshelly.

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