Tarnstrom tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee
Thursday night, during the Penguins' first win of the season, and
was placed on the injured list Friday. He was injured in the first
period of a 7-5 victory over Atlanta when his skate stuck in the
ice while he was being hit from the side.
His loss creates a void for a team that is struggling to shut
down opponents. The Penguins allowed 47 goals through their first
10 games, easily the most yielded in the NHL.
Pittsburgh played the rest of Thursday's game with five
defensemen, though their 11 power-play opportunities helped reduce
the work load for them. Tarnstrom, who won a $1.6 million salary in
arbitration last summer, has a goal and three assists and is a
minus-3 through 10 games.
Tarnstrom had 16 goals and 36 assists during the 2003-04 season,
giving him a team-high 52 points.