PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis skated on his own Friday, several hours after being removed from the ice on a stretcher during the Penguins game Thursday against the Dallas Stars.
Dupuis spent about 20 minutes on the ice Friday, shooting pucks while wearing a helmet. He was injured with 6:58 remaining in the second period of Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss Thursday. He was knocked down in front of the Dallas net by Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski, and while on the ice he was hit in the head by a Kris Letang shot.
He was treated by doctors on the ice and then placed on a stretcher. As he was leaving the ice he gave a thumbs-up to the crowd.
Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Dupuis had sustained some numbness in his arm but that the feeling returned after the game. He said Friday that Dupuis had been cleared to play by the medical staff and that they were performing precautionary tests on the ice.
"He looked fine this morning," Johnston said. "He did skate on a little bit on his own … [The medical staff] wanted to see him out there on the ice, get his heart rate up a little bit as well. So he got the shot on the back of the neck, and I think when Letang was shooting there that he took a little bit off of the shot because he saw Pascal go down.
"But all signs are real positive this morning."