Lovejoy gets called up from AHL
PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins recalled defenseman Ben Lovejoy from the AHL after defenseman Jordan Leopold had to be helped off the ice after taking a hit to the head during Pittsburgh's playoff game Friday night against Ottawa.
Leopold was leveled by an elbow from Senators defenseman Andy Sutton late in the first period of Pittsburgh's 2-1 victory in Game 2. Leopold has had several concussions and it is uncertain when he might return.
He will not play in Game 3 on Sunday night.
"Jordan is definitely day-to-day right now," coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday. "I honestly don't have a report on him right now."
Sutton was not penalized and contended it was a legal hit, although the Penguins argued he raised his body and targeted Leopold's head with his left arm.
"It was a dirty hit. I still feel that way. You remember stuff like that down the road," forward Mike Rupp said.
Lovejoy had a plus-8 rating and three assists while playing in 12 games with Pittsburgh this season. He has nine goals and 20 assists at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Defenseman Jay McKee, who did not play in the first two games, will move into the lineup with Leopold out.
"Jay's strengths are a little different from Jordan's," Bylsma said. "Jay is a [penalty kill] guy and a shot blocker. We get more help on the PK with Jay in there. It certainly won't change the way we play."
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