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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Kris Letang exits vs. Stars with injury

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DALLAS -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang left Wednesday night's 4-3 shootout win over the Dallas Stars in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return.

Letang was down on the ice for several minutes midway through the period after he was hit in the head area on a hard check along the end boards by Dallas' Eric Nystrom.

Letang, Pittsburgh's top-scoring defenseman with 31 points, skated shakily to the locker room while Nystrom went to the penalty box to serve a roughing minor.

The Penguins announced in the second period that Letang was done for the night.

"I know (Nystrom) traveled a distance to make the hit," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said after the game.

Left winger Steve Sullivan also missed all of the third period with the lower-body injury.

Bylsma said both Letang and Sullivan are day-to-day.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.