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Penguins place Kris Letang on IR

Updated: December 17, 2013, 1:00 AM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins placed defenseman Kris Letang on injured reserve Monday with an upper-body injury. Coach Dan Bylsma said Letang could return after Christmas.

Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin is day to day with a left leg injury. The NHL's third-leading scorer left Saturday's game after sliding hard into the end boards while trying to thwart a Detroit rush. Malkin did not play Monday night as the Penguins hosted Toronto and won 3-1.

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