Guentzel out at least 4 months

Orlando Sentinel - - Scoreboard -

Pen­guins top scorer Jake Guentzel is out at least four months af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery on his right shoul­der on Tues­day.

Guentzel, 25, in­jured his shoul­der in the third pe­riod of a 5-2 vic­tory over the Sen­a­tors on Mon­day night when he slammed into the boards shortly af­ter scor­ing his team-high 20th goal of the sea­son.

Guentzel is a two-time Stan­ley Cup win­ner with the Pen­guins. He helped Pitts­burgh thrive de­spite miss­ing cap­tain Sid­ney Crosby, who has been out since Nov. 9 af­ter ab­dom­i­nal surgery.

The Pen­guins are 14-5-3 dur­ing Crosby’s ab­sence thanks in large part to Guentzel’s play­mak­ing. Guentzel was named to the All-Star team on Mon­day, just hours be­fore go­ing down.

Pen­guins GM Jim Ruther­ford said the ex­pected re­cov­ery is 4-6 months, mean­ing there’s a chance Guentzel could re­turn for a por­tion of the play­offs.

One-timers: Blue Jack­ets G Joonas Kor­pisalo will be side­lined four to six weeks af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery to re­pair torn car­ti­lage in his right knee . ... Jonathan Marches­sault scored twice, Marc-An­dre Fleury made 26 saves, and the Golden Knights de­feated the Ducks 5-2 in Las Ve­gas . ... Barry Trotz im­proved to 3-0 in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. against his for­mer club as the Is­lan­ders topped the Cap­i­tals 4-3 . ... Da­mon Sev­er­son scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Devils a 3-2 win over the Bru­ins in Newark, New Jersey.

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