Kris Letang Injury: Penguins Defenseman Leaves Game After Eric Nystrom Hit

Feb 26, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal (11) defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) and wing Matt Cooke (24) gather to congratulate defenseman Kris Letang (58) after Letang scored against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Consol Energy Center. Pittsburgh won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Dave Miller-US PRESSWIRE

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is being called "day-to-day" after suffering a hit to the head from Eric Nystrom of the Dallas Stars.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is being called "day-to-day" by Pens coach Dan Bylsma after leaving the game against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday. With 9:55 remaining in the first period. Letang suffered a hit to the head from Stars winger Eric Nystrom, stayed down on the ice for an extended period of time and struggled to leave the ice.

Here's the hit that caused Letang's injury.

Letang missed time earlier this season with a concussion. In that instance, unlike in this game, Letang did not immediately leave the game. He missed nearly two months of action as a result of that concussion, suffered in a game against the Montreal Canadiens. The Penguins have neither confirmed nor denied that Letang suffered a concussion as a result of Nystrom's hit. Brendan Shanahan and the NHL Department of Player Safety will almost certainly be taking a look at this hit, and it wouldn't be shocking to see a suspension levied against Nystrom.

For more on Letang and the Pens, check out Pittsburgh Penguins blog PensBurgh and SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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