Penguins backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun has blood clot removed from pelvis

Saturday, 09.21.2013 / 8:15 PM The Canadian Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Pittsburgh Penguins backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun has had surgery to remove a blood clot from his pelvis and will remain in the hospital for several days.

General manager Ray Shero announced the operation Saturday after the Penguins' 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a preseason game.

He said Vokoun left practice at CONSOL Energy Center on Saturday morning after noticing swelling in his thigh. He was taken to a local emergency room, where doctors diagnosed the blood clot.

Jeff Zatkoff is likely to be the Penguins' backup goalie in Vokoun's absence.

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