Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Injured Letang, Brassard Not in Lineup

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Injured Letang, Brassard Not in Lineup

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Kris Letang sat out Tuesday night against the New York Islanders because of a lower-body injury he picked up Saturday in Vancouver.

Derick Brassard also missed the game with a lower-body injury that occurred Thursday in Calgary. He also missed the game in Vancouver.

Neither player participated in an optional skate Tuesday at PPG Paints Arena, and Letang left practice Monday at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex about 10 minutes early. When Letang left the ice, Juuso Riikola assumed Letang's spot next to Brian Dumoulin and with the No. 1 power play.

Riikola began the game Tuesday as Dumoulin's partner as the Penguins were taking a by-committee approach in replacing their top defenseman.

"Tanger is an elite player," coach Mike Sullivan said. "He plays so many different roles for us back there and helps us in so many ways. We never look for any one guy to replace Tanger if he's not in our lineup."

Letang has been the arguably the Penguins' best player thus far, compiling four goals and 11 points in nine games while playing at a level few NHL defensemen can match. But Saturday in Vancouver, Letang absorbed a knee-on-knee hit from Canucks forward Tim Schaller, his left knee taking the brunt of the impact.

Honoring victims

Penguins players wore "Stronger Than Hate" patches Tuesday, part of the organization's ongoing effort to support victims and families of the Tree of Life mass shooting Saturday.

In addition, players were to sign jerseys after the game, and those will be available for auction at treeoflife.givesmart.com.

"It was a devastating day for the City of Pittsburgh, for the people affected and their families," Carl Hagelin said. "I think [Tuesday] is a way for us to play for them. We always play for our fans and the city, but it'll be a little extra. You're definitely going to feel it out there."

All proceeds from the jersey auction and other fundraising efforts - including the 50/50 Raffle Tuesday - will benefit the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and a fund established by the City of Pittsburgh Department of Safety to benefit officers wounded during the attack. …

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