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Pittsburgh Penguins put Kris Letang on injured reserve

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Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has six goals, 11 points and -6 rating in 24 games this season.

PITTSBURGH (AP) --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 is not expected to play on Monday night when the Penguins host Toronto.

Letang joins a crowded injured list that includes defenseman Brooks Orpik (concussion), Rob Scuderi (ankle) and Paul Martin (lower body).

The Penguins recalled defenseman Philip Samuelsson from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Monday. Samuelsson is the son of longtime NHL defenseman Ulf Samuelsson. Pittsburgh also recalled forward Harry Zolnierczyk from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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