Pittsburgh Penguins\' Ben Lovejoy (6) knocks the helmet off Columbus Blue Jackets\' Derek Dorsett (15) during a fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Ben Lovejoy will miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday. Lovejoy injured the knee in the first period of a 5-2 win over New Jersey on Sunday. The injury means Lovejoy would likely miss Pittsburgh's first-round playoff series.
Coach Dan Bylsma says defenceman Kris Letang will not play on Tuesday against the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury. Bylsma says it does not appear to be related to the concussion that sidelined Letang for several weeks earlier this season.
Letang sustained the injury in the third period against the Devils. Fellow defenceman Matt Niskanen will also not play against the Islanders with an undisclosed injury.
The Penguins recalled Simon Despres and Brian Strait from Wilkes Barre/Scranton to fill in on Tuesday.