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Bennett Out 8-10 Weeks

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins winger Beau Bennett will be out 8-10 weeks after undergoing surgery today on his wrist/hand, head coach Dan Bylsma announced after Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Bruins.

Bennett, who turns 22 on Wednesday, had left Friday’s game against the New York Islanders in the third period and did not return. He did not travel with the team to their games in Montreal and Boston and was placed on injured reserve Sunday.

That 4-3 win over the Islanders was Bennett’s seventh game back after missing 11 straight with a lower-body injury. Bennett had scored his first goal of the season in the sixth, a 4-0 win against Washington on Nov. 20.

After that game, not only did Bennett say he felt like he had everything back – including his strength, game shape, timing and awareness – but he remarked that overall, “I’ve been feeling a lot better, actually, than (I was) before I was even injured.” Which makes the timing of this all the more unfortunate.

Bennett, the Penguins’ 2010 first-round draft pick (20th overall), has recorded three total points in 12 games this season, his second as a professional.

Bylsma added that there is no update on forward Tanner Glass, who sustained an upper-body injury in Saturday's game against the Canadiens, and that he will be re-evaluated when they return to Pittsburgh. However, the coach did say this morning that Glass would be out longer than a "day-to-day" basis.

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