NHL roundup: Penguins D Kris Letang suffers stroke

KRIS LETANG: Will miss 6 weeks after suffering stroke
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KRIS LETANG: Will miss 6 weeks after suffering stroke

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be out for at least six weeks because of a stroke.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero announced Friday that Letang had a stroke last week.

‘‘Kris had one brief episode of dizziness and nausea last week,’’ Shero said. ‘‘We held him out of the Los Angeles game Thursday night, and when he continued to feel ill, tests conducted in Phoenix on Saturday gave us the first indication of his condition.


‘‘Further testing then was conducted when he returned to Pittsburgh, and he continued to undergo a battery of tests here this week.’’

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Letang will be treated with blood thinners and the stroke is not expected to threaten his career.

‘‘I hope that by making my condition public at this time, I can help other people by encouraging them to seek medical help if they experience some of the symptoms associated with a stroke — regardless of their age or general health,’’ the 26-year-old Letang said. ‘‘I’m optimistic that I can overcome this and get back on the ice.’’

Rangers 4, Penguins 3 — Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello scored in a shootout as New York handed host Pittsburgh a rare shootout loss. The Penguins had won all four shootouts this season and 14 of 15 overall.

Coyotes 2, Blackhawks 0 — Keith Yandle scored 69 seconds in and had an assist on Radim Vrbata’s goal late in the second period and Mike Smith stopped 29 shots to help host Phoenix hand Chicago its first shutout of the season.


Devils 2, Oilers 1 — Devils defenseman Jon Merrill scored his first NHL goal 2:34 into overtime, Cory Schneider made 19 saves, and Andrei Loktionov scored in regulation as host New Jersey snapped a two-game skid with a win over Edmonton.

Sharks 3, Blue Jackets 2 — John McCarthy scored his first goal since 2010 to help host San Jose head into the Olympic break on a winning note. Sharks coach Todd McLellan broke Darryl Sutter’s franchise record by coaching in his 435th game.

Hurricanes 5, Panthers 1 — Riley Nash and Alexander Semin scored 87 seconds apart midway through the first period and Anton Khudobin stopped 34 shots in his 16th straight appearance as host Carolina routed Florida for its seventh win in 10 games.