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Penguins' Fleury to end monthlong layoff

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will start Thursday in Atlanta, the first time he has played since injuring his groin Nov. 15.

Fleury was the backup goalie during a 6-3 loss in Philadelphia on Saturday, his first time in uniform since getting hurt against Buffalo.

The Penguins have been off for four days, but will play four games in six days beginning Thursday.

Fleury, who helped lead the Penguins to the Stanley Cup finals last season, is 8-3-2 with a .907 save percentage and 2.86 goals-against average in 14 games.

The Penguins also recalled forwards Jeff Taffe and Ryan Stone from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). Injured forwards Max Talbot and Mike Zigomanis are not expected to play in Atlanta.

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