Posted October 24, 2011 on AP on Fox
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek is out 4-6 weeks after breaking his finger in right hand. Michalek sustained the injury in the third period of a 4-1 win over New Jersey on Saturday when he dived to block a slap shot by New Jersey's Rod Pelley. Coach Dan Bylsma says Michalek will not need surgery. The injury forces the team to shuffle its defensive pairings. Paul Martin, who had been teaming with Michalek, will now work with Kris Letang. Bylsma also said center Evgeni Malkin, limited by soreness in his surgically repaired right knee, will make the trip with the team on Tuesday to play the New York Islanders. Malkin hasn't played since an overtime loss to Washington nearly two weeks ago.

Penguins' Michalek adds to growing injury list

Zbynek Michalek wasn't having a gangbusters start to the season, save for being part of a near-perfect penalty-killing squad. Things took a turn for the worse for the Penguins defenseman Saturday when a point-blank slap shot taken by New Jersey's Rod Pelley felled Michalek and left him with a broken finger on his right hand. That happened with 9:18 left in regulation.

Pens defender Michalek out at least 4 weeks

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Zbynek Michalek is out 4-6 weeks after breaking his finger in right hand.

Penguins' defense takes another hit

Defenseman Zbynek Michalek will be out four to six weeks with a broken finger, becoming the latest Penguin to suffer an injury.
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