PHILADELPHIA — In the midst of a phenomenal year, Kris Letang could possibly be the Pittsburgh Penguins’ MVP.
Brian Dumoulin could be just one of the most underrated defensemen in the league.
In a enhancement that could demonstrate monumentally harmful to the team’s playoff hopes, each were being hurt on the same engage in in the very first period of Saturday night’s NHL Stadium Series recreation in Philadelphia, a 4-3 Penguins extra time reduction to the Flyers.
Dumoulin has a concussion and Letang is remaining evaluated for an upper-body harm, mentor Mike Sullivan said.
“It’s tricky. When you shed your best pair of protection, that is not quick. Which is a tricky problem,” Sullivan said. “But we have able men. It’s likely to give other men opportunities. Hopefully we will not shed possibly just one of them for any length of time.”
Dumoulin was hurt when Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds drove a shoulder into his chin on a hit alongside the boards. He was not penalized on the engage in.
Simmonds instructed Philadelphia reporters soon after the recreation that the hit was shoulder to shoulder.
The Penguins disagreed.
“It appeared like he made speak to with his head,” Sidney Crosby said. “It’s tricky to see that.”
Letang confronted Simmonds soon after the hit and was tackled by Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere in the scrum that adopted.
Juuso Riikola, a wholesome scratch for the previous 4 video games, would be the future person up for the Penguins. Zach Trotman would probably be the very first call-up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Basic manager Jim Rutherford could also glance to add defensive depth prior to Monday’s trade deadline.
If Letang or Dumoulin is out very long phrase, even though, it will be a tough problem for any replacements to effectively fill their sneakers.
“I assume the men who have appear in at distinctive details this 12 months have seriously done a good work of perhaps not using those minutes on their shoulders, but all people assisting each individual other out and executing that,” Crosby said. “That’s maybe what we’re likely to be faced with. There is not likely to be any groups sensation sorry for us. We gotta obtain a way to overcome that.”
For just one evening, anyway, the remaining 4 Penguins defensemen played admirably in the absence of the team’s best pair.
Jack Johnson and Justin Schultz each individual topped the 30-minute mark in ice time. Schultz scored a 2nd-period intention.
Johnson said tiredness below tough ice disorders didn’t lead to the Penguins to surrender a two-intention lead late.
“It was tougher to skate simply because you didn’t get as considerably glide, but there is a little something about remaining outdoors,” he said. “Like when you are taking part in pond hockey as a kid. You can remain out there all day, it appears to be.”
Teammates universally lauded Johnson, Schultz, Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel for their initiatives.
“Those men played a large amount of minutes and played seriously very well,” Crosby said.
Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Overview staff author. You can speak to Jonathan by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by way of Twitter .