CRANBERRY, Pa. - Penguins defenseman John Marino will have surgery on Monday afternoon with no timetable on a recovery period, according to head coach Mike Sullivan.
Marino, 22, was struck in the cheek by a Steven Stamkos shot last Thursday in the third period. He left the game and did not return. He did not play Saturday in Florida against the Panthers.
The rookie defenseman has five goals and 25 points with a plus-14 in 51 games this season.
Here are a few other updates from Sullivan…
Dominik Kahun (concussion) skated earlier in the morning, but is not ready to return to team practice. Brian Dumoulin (broken ankle) and Nick Bjugstad (core muscle) have not skated, but are making progress.
Loss of Marino
The loss of Marino is another blow to a Penguins' team that has been decimated by injuries on the 2019-20 season (226 man-games lost).
Sullivan: "There's an opportunity for other guys to step up, and that's been the mindset all year. Regardless of the position, when injuries occur, it's going to provide opportunities for others to step up and continue to help to move this team forward."
Sidney Crosby: "We've got some experience with that this year, guys having to fill different roles and play maybe different minutes or more minutes, whatever the case is. I think we've been through it; we know that it's part of it; and we'll get through it."
Marcus Pettersson: "It means everybody else has got to step up too. We as a team have been through this before all season and I'm sure we would look ahead for a challenge. We've got to step up as a D core and help each other out, but I think we're up for the challenge."
The Penguins will host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at PPG Paints Arena. It will be a chance to exact some revenge from a 4-2 loss last Thursday in Tampa. The Lightning jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Penguins battled back. Until an empty-net goal, the game was 3-2 in the final frame.
Crosby is glad to get another crack at Tampa just five days later.
"Yeah, especially after a game like that that's pretty intense, a playoff-style type of game against a good team that's very opportunistic," Crosby said. "I feel like we didn't have a great start and want to make sure that we start better and get a better result."
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