As if getting shutout by the Ottawa Senators wasn't bad enough, the Pittsburgh Penguins were rocked by a stiffer blow when Pascal Dupuis went down with a lower-body injury. The scary looking incident occurred early in the first period when Marc Methot leveled Sidney Crosby who fell onto Dupuis's knee. Willis McGahee it wasn't, but his knee still bent in a way knees should not. Dupuis was helped off the ice and obivously did not return. Dupuis will be evaluated in Pittsburgh during the NHL's Christmas break.
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said, "I'm just hoping it's not a severe injury."
Crosby described what he saw on the ice, saying, "It was a hip check, I haven't seen the replay so I don't know how low it was. He almost blew my knew out so it was pretty low. I just know it was awfully close."
Dirty or not, the timing of the injury could not be worse for Dupuis or the Penguins. After slumping early, Super Duper has come alive and was riding a four game point streak (2 goals, 2 assists) and had tallied a point in seven of the last nine games. On the season, Dupuis has seven goals, thirteen assists, and a plus-six rating. His nearly three-year string of not missing a game is now in doubt of continuing.
The Penguins next game is Friday at 7:00pm against the Carolina Hurricanes. Dupuis's status for that game is uncertain at best.
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