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NHL notes: Penguins' Kris Letang out with injury

Penguins defenceman Kris Letang suffered a lower-body injury Sunday against the Bruins. (JASON...

Penguins defenceman Kris Letang suffered a lower-body injury Sunday against the Bruins. (JASON COHN/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 9:19 PM ET

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Kris Letang is out with a lower-body injury following Sunday’s win over the Boston Bruins.

Letang left the game late in the first period and did not return after what seemed to be an innocent play racing for the puck against Bruins forward Brad Marchand in the Pens zone.

Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said Letang is undergoing further evaluation.

Letang, who missed three games in early February because of a lower-body injury, leads all defencemen in scoring with three goals and 28 points in 26 games.

BRUINS LOSE KREJCI TO KNEE INJURY

An apparent right knee injury to David Krejci may sideline the Boston Bruins forward.

Krejci was hit on the knee by a slap shot from fellow teammate Johnny Boychuk during the third period of the Bruins' 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

He needed to be helped to the Bruins bench after laying on the ice for several minutes, not applying any weight onto the leg.

He will be re-evalutated Monday and has not been ruled out by the Bruins for their next game Tuesday in Winnipeg against the Jets.

The Czech Republic native is second on the team in scoring with seven goals and 24 points.

FLAMES WITHOUT KIPRUSOFF

The Calgary Flames won't have goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff when they face the Stars in Dallas on Monday.

Kiprusoff remained home to be with his wife for the imminent birth of their second child.

Joey MacDonald is expected to start in goal for the Flames while Danny Taylor was summoned from the minors.

If all goes well, Kiprusoff will join the team as they continue their road trip in Nashville against the Predators and the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

STARS OWNER STAYING PATIENT

Tom Gaglardi was in the stands when the Chicago Blackhawks embarrassed the Stars in Dallas on Saturday.

But the Stars owner is preaching patience following their 8-1 drubbing to the NHL's top team.

"I don't know that we've been playing the right way for a few games now," Gaglardi told Dallas Stars Inside Edge blog. "I think we got lucky to win some games, and some games we played very well. Certainly our lack of discipline and carelessness with the puck really was exposed (Saturday) night, and a good team made us pay and really embarrassed us in our own building."

Gaglardi has not considered making any changes to the organization at this point in time.

The Stars currently sit 12th in the Western Conference, three points out of a playoff spot.

SMITH NEXT ON COYOTES LIST

After inking defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to a six-year contract extension worth $33 million, the Phoenix Coyotes are turning their attention to goaltender Mike Smith.

But Smith is adamant about not negotiating during the regular season.

"It's Mike's decision. It's a mutual decision that we're not going to discuss a contract with Mike during the year," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney told the Arizona Republic.

"But as we've shown with Oliver and certainly signing Henrik Samuelsson and the other young players we continue to sign, we're ready, willing and able to sign anybody that we think is important to us long term."

Smith, making a prorated $2 million during the shortened NHL season, becomes an unrestricted free agent July 5.

CANADIENS SIGN JUNIOR PROSPECT

The Montreal Canadiens signed defenceman Darren Dietz to a three-year entry-level contract Sunday.

The 19-year-old native of Medicine Hat, Alta., had 24 goals and 58 points in 72 games with the WHL's Saskatoon Blades this season. Heading into Sunday night’s action, he led the league in goals by a defenceman and was third in points.

Dietz was selected in the fifth round, 138th overall, by the Canadiens at the 2011 NHL draft.


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