Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma seems concerned about Beau Bennett. He told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Saturday that the young forward’s undisclosed injury will miss the team’s two-game road trip and is out “longer than days.”
(So does that mean he’s week-to-week?)
Bennett, 21, dealt with a problematic lower-body issue early this season. He scored his first goal of 2013-14 on Nov. 20 and was getting a spin in the top-six, so Bylsma seems disappointed that the sophomore will be sidetracked again.
“I thought the game in Washington was a real good game for him,” Bylsma said. “He missed a lot of hockey early in the season. Getting his feet under him, adjusting to a top-six role, he was just starting to play his best. Obviously, it’s disappointing.”
Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat