Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Pascal Dupuis left in the first period of Monday night’s tilt against the Ottawa Senators, after he collided with captain Sidney Crosby on his second shift of the game – according to Sean Farrell of NHL.com.
Dupuis, who was playing in his 238th consecutive game for Pittsburgh, appeared to have sustained a right knee injury. Although there’s no explanation as to what’s specifically ailing him, he was seen grabbing the area around his knee, and was helped off the ice while favoring his right leg.
The winger was diagnosed with a lower-body injury and did not return.
Following the game, head coach Dan Bylsma reported that Dupuis was on his way back to Pittsburgh to be re-evaluated – according to the team’s Twitter handle.
“Dupuis going back to Pittsburgh to be re-evaluated. Hoping it’s not a severe injury.” -Coach Bylsma #Pens
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 24, 2013
The injury did not look good for Dupuis, so we can only hope it isn’t a long-term absence for the Pens’ forward. Should he be placed on injured reserve, he will become the tenth Pens’ player to join the list.
In 39 games this season, Dupuis has collected 20 points (7G, 13A) and skated to a plus-6 rating.