What a great game – despite the loss for the Penguins. Kris had 2 points this game, 1 for an assist on the 3rd period James Neal goal and the 2nd point coming from is own goal towards the end of the 3rd period. Pens lost in OT with the Mark Streit goal. Teammate James Neal had a 3 points and was the 3rd star of the game with 1 goal and 2 assists. Another exciting game note, Coach Dan Bylsma coached his 400th career NHL game on Saturday; his overall record is 252-118-30.
Postgame quote from Kris: “At the end of the day, I want to win. It doesn’t matter if I feel good comfortable or not I think the most important is to win.”
Next Game: 4/13/2014 against the Senators in Pittsburgh at 7:30 PM EST – Last game of the regular season!
More media and photos after the jump!
What great news! I know this is a bit late – just came home from work, but it’s a fantastic update nonetheless.
Kris has returned to the lineup – currently he is playing in the tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings!
Here are all the media updates from the Pens:
Letang Returns to the Ice Tonight
Defenseman Kris Letang, 26, will return to the lineup Wednesday night when the Penguins hosts the Detroit Red Wings at CONSOL Energy Center 10 weeks after suffering a stroke.
“When I heard I had (a stroke) my first reaction was when would I skate again and play again?” Letang said. “I always wanted to come back.”
Letang, 26, was cleared to participate in full contact practice by doctors on March 17 and has worked the past three weeks with the team. Doctors cleared Letang to return to the ice, but the decision was left to him on when he felt comfortable to play.
“Kris has been bugging me for a little while for a return to play,” general manager Ray Shero said. “He feels good on and off the ice so he’ll be back this evening.”
“It was a decision between myself and (Shero),” Letang said. “We’ve been chatting for the last few weeks. Relief and really happy to have a chance to play.” – Source
Letang to “Self-Monitor” in Return
Letang will be paired with defenseman Rob Scuderi and will see action on the team’s second power-play unit. While the team will be cognizant of his health situation, they won’t be closely monitoring him.
“Some of the monitoring of Kris will be self-monitoring,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “I’m not going to ask him after every shift, good pass or bad pass or hit he takes how he’s feeling in the game.”
The Penguins are just happy to have their teammate and friend back on the ice. Source
First one is the final episode of Trib Jr. Reporter segment. Vianna Shiry interviews Kris Letang in this final installment of this great series!
Kris Letang was presented with the The Masterton trophy presented by Trib Total Media. He was selected as a symbol of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Congratulations Kris!
Here are a few pictures from the autograph sign on March 25! Pictures credit to their original owners. It’s so great to see Kris meeting his fans – I love these type of candids. Such a great experience for both player and fan :)!
Kris skated with the Penguins today in his first full practice since suffering a stroke in January. This is a huge step in his recovery, I keep saying it, but it’s GREAT to see Kris on the ice. There is no timetable for his return to playing nor has the cause of the stroke been determined, still us Tanger fans will take this good news with relief that our favorite NHL player is on his way to returning whenever that will be.
Off Day: Kris Letang (03.17.14)
Kris Letang speaks with the media following Monday’s practice at CONSOL Energy Center. Presented by 84 Lumber.
Whirl Magazine, interviewed Kris for a fun 5 facts article and posted a new promo picture of Kris (Taken from this season’s media day back last October) [Source]
WHIRL: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Kris Letang: It depends. When I’m at home, usually my son wakes me up. I pick him up, I go downstairs with him, and get him breakfast. At the same time, I’m getting breakfast for myself. On the road, it’s just getting a shower and heading down to the breakfast area and just getting breakfast with my teammates.
WHIRL: Do you have a favorite dessert?
KL: It’s probably a cake that I get back home. It’s called a royal chocolate cake, and it has a hazelnut crust on it. My mom sends some for my birthdays, the same cake.
WHIRL: Who is getting the most play on your iPod?
KL: I don’t have a favorite band. It’s always whatever plays on the radio.
WHIRL: When you’re not working out with the team, what is your go-to routine?
KL: When I’m not with the team, I always go for a run. I like running. I’m not really a guy who likes to bike, so a good run will do it for me.
WHIRL: Where is your favorite place to go in Pittsburgh?
KL: I would say Butcher and the Rye or Meat and Potatoes.
Kris will join the team for full practice this Monday! According to the Penguins article by Sam Kasan, Kris is cleared for practice, great news on his journey to recovery from his stroke suffered on Jan.29.
“We had an idea that at this point in time he could possibly be cleared to practice,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “He still has some other things to go through. He’s been working out, skating on his own and doing quite a bit on his own. [ Source ] Even though Kris can join the team, I know the Penguins medical staff will be cautious; no timeline or confirmation on his recovery and when (and if) he will return this season has been announced.
Last night the Penguins hosted and participated in the 2014 Pens and Plates!
You can read all about the festivities here and enjoy the pictures and video below:
From Josh Yohe at the Pittsburgh Tribune, wrote a great article with quotes from Kris’ teammates about his amazing talent on the ice. It’s a bittersweet reminder that Kris’ return this season has yet to be determined, his presence on the ice is greatly missed by both his fans, teammates, and the Penguins organization.
This article is from March 2013, I may have posted it then but it doesn’t hurt to share it again, it’s a great read!
According to Chris Adamski at Pittsburgh Tribune, Kris has been skating this week, but there is no set date on when he will return to game action. I’m so happy to read (and share) good news with you all of Kris’ recovery! [source]
I’m extending the deadline the get well book for Kris so if you like to share your wish, All details here: http://krisletang.org/2014/02/08/get-well-project/ -
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