Penguins' Porter sidelined 12 weeks following ankle surgery
March 4, 2016 1:51 PM
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The Penguins' Kevin Porter and Florida Panthers' Quinton Howden chase the puck during a game last month in Florida.
By Seth Rorabaugh / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Penguins center Kevin Porter underwent ankle surgery this morning and will be sidelined 12 weeks. The injury effectively ends his season.
Porter was injured in Thursday's 4-1 home win against the New York Rangers. At 17:48 of the first period, he got tangled up with Rangers left winger Viktor Stalberg and fell into the Penguins' right corner with his right leg pinned awkwardly against the boards. Porter limped to the bench and toward his team's dressing room.
“It's a longer-term injury probably around the 12-week mark,” said coach Mike Sullivan. “So it's a tough setback for him and for us.”
Sullivan said a decision has yet to be made on a potential replacement being recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
A free agent signing this past offseason, Porter has played in 41 games and has three assists.
Right winger Beau Bennett and Eric Fehr each participated in today's practice at Consol Energy Center. Bennett has missed 33 of the past 34 games due to a right shoulder injury. Fehr has been sidelined since Feb. 2 due to an undisclosed injury. There is no time frame for their potential returns.
Center Evgeni Malkin did not participate and was given what was described as a “maintenance day.”
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