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Pens Report: 03.09.17

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens held practice on Thursday afternoon at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the beautiful new facility that is home to the Oilers.

Here's what you need to know… 

INJURY UPDATES

Patric Hornqvist - diagnosed with a concussion on Wednesday morning and has been sent back to Pittsburgh. He has not been ruled out of rejoining the team during their weeklong, 5-game road trip.

Kris Letang - Is in Pittsburgh rehabbing an upper-body injury. Head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed that it is a hockey injury and not related to a concussion or his previous stroke issues.

PRACTICE NOTES

The Pens were missing forwards Matt Cullen, Carl Hagelin and Scott Wilson. All 3 players were held out for maintenance days.

"For the most part it's maintenance days," Sullivan said. "At this time of year everyone is dealing with bumps and bruises. That's pretty much what it was."

SESTITO HEARING

Forward Tom Sestito will have a hearing in the afternoon with the NHL regarding his boarding penalty Wednesday night against Winnipeg's Toby Enstrom. On the play Sestito was assessed a five-minute major boarding penalty and game misconduct for hitting Enstrom from behind.

"The league is going to do what they do," Sullivan said. "I usually don't comment on these types of things because it really doesn't matter what our opinions are. I know Tommy's intent isn't to injure. He plays the game hard, and brings a physical element to our team when he's in the lineup. I know his intent is just to play the game hard."

HEAD MARK

On the opening rush of practice Carter Rowney lifted a shot that hit goalie Matt Murray in the mask. Murray put his head down and his helmet fell to the ice. But Murray shook it off, adjusted his helmet strap and was back in action. And all was right in the world. 

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