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Penguins backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun has blood clot removed from pelvis

Saturday, 09.21.2013 / 8:15 PM / News

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.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday