Dupuis Skates a Day After Leaving Stars Game on Stretcher
/ Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis skated by himself in warm up gear at CONSOL Energy Center Friday before team practice, the morning after being removed on a stretcher from the Penguins’ 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.
Dupuis skated on his own and shot pucks while wearing a helmet and gloves.
“He looked fine this morning,” head coach Mike Johnston said. “He got checked out by the medical staff. He’s been basically cleared by them. They were just doing a couple more precautionary tests. They wanted to see him out on the ice and getting his heart rate up.
“All signs were real positive this morning.”
Dupuis has not been ruled out of the lineup for Saturday night’s contest against the New York Islanders.
“We won’t know until (Saturday) morning,” Johnston said. “The trainers will be reading everything today and making sure there’s nothing there. He’ll do a skate tomorrow with the team in the game day skate. We’ll make a decision after the skate.”
If Dupuis cannot play against New York, Andrew Ebbett will be inserted into the lineup.
During the contest against Dallas, Dupuis was in front of the net when Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski cross checked him in the back. Dupuis fell to the ice. While he was down his teammate Kris Letang sent a shot on net that hit Dupuis in the back of the neck.
“The puck was rolling on me. When I hit it, it knuckled,” Letang said. “When (Dupuis) went down I thought I hit his helmet. There’s no way I could realize that with a bouncing (puck) and him falling down. I just saw the damage.”
Dupuis was able to get up on one knee before throwing off his gloves and collapsing to the ice. Team doctors and athletic trainers attended to Dupuis and he was eventually removed on a stretcher. As he was carted off he gave a thumbs up to the crowd.
“It was really scary the way he was acting on the ice, you knew something was wrong,” Letang said. “It was not like when you get a shot on the foot. It was really scary, but I’m glad he’s OK.”
After the game, Johnston told the media that Dupuis had some numbness in his arms, but the feeling was starting to come back.
After going to the hospital, Dupuis went back to the arena to see his teammates.
“It’s scary when you see that,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “You don’t know what’s happening, but he came back after the game, we saw him then, so I knew he was good and glad to hear that obviously.”