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A hole in his heart known as PFO might have been responsible for Kris Letang's stroke, the Penguins say.

PFO, or patent foramen ovale, affects 20 to 25 percent of Americans, according to doctors. Some of the holes have a flap-like opening; others do not. All babies have the hole before they are born. After birth, the hole usually closes within 72 hours, sometimes with the first breath. "But with up to a quarter of patients, the hole doesn't close," said Dr. John Girod, a cardiologist at St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon. Even when the flap remains open, "most of the time it's of no consequence," he said. It might have been of consequence for Letang, who was diagnosed with a small hole between his heart's upper (atrial) chambers, the Penguins said. The team on Friday announced that Letang suffered a stroke, perhaps as early as Jan. 30. He missed a game in Los Angeles that night and continued to feel ill, missing Saturday's game in Phoenix. A series of tests there and in Pittsburgh confirmed the stroke. Letang is expected to miss at least six weeks.
Sat, Feb 8, 2014 11:03:00 AM

Jonathan Toews notched a goal and three assists on Sunday to take down Vancouver by a score of 4-2.

Toews scored the winning goal and added an assist on the insurance marker, both in the final two minutes of the third period. Toews now has eight goals and 18 assists in 40 games this season.
Jan 22 - 10:39 PM

Cam Atkinson scored Sunday's overtime winner to put the Blue Jackets past the Senators, 7-6.

It was a beauty of a goal too on the breakaway. That was his second goal of the game, which gives him 23 goals and 45 points in 54 games this season.
Jan 22 - 8:36 PM

Mikko Koivu is too sick to play in Sunday's match with the Predators.

Through 45 games thus far Koivu has picked up 13 goals and 33 points with 43 blocks as well. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Jan 22 - 7:39 PM

Evgeni Malkin lifted his point streak to seven games during Sunday's 5-1 win over the Bruins.

Malkin extended his scoring with a pair of helpers, giving him 32 assists and 54 points in 46 games. He has six goals and 11 points during his scoring spree.
Jan 22 - 6:59 PM

Tuukka Rask left midway through Sunday's match against the Penguins because he wasn't feeling well.

The all-world netminder had stopped 20 of 22 shots and was losing 2-0 at the time of his departure. He was replaced by Zane McIntyre. Rask is considered day-to-day, for now.
Jan 22 - 5:38 PM

J.T. Miller put Mat Zuccarello's overtime feed home on Sunday to beat the Red Wings by a score of 1-0.

It's his fifth game winner of the season and his 16th overall goal of the campaign. Miller has 34 points in 47 games, including seven goals and five assists in the the last 10 matches.
Jan 22 - 3:34 PM

Henrik Lundqvist picked up his second shutout of the season as the Rangers beat the Red Wings 1-0 in overtime on Sunday.

The King was a perfect 21 for 21, including the two shots asked of him while on special teams. He improves to 20-12-1 on the season and is now up to 61 career shutouts.
Jan 22 - 3:22 PM

Patrik Laine (concussion) won't play in Monday's match with the Ducks.

Laine noted that he feels he needs more practice time before returning to action. The Jets will host the Sharks on Tuesday before finishing up in Chicago on Thursday prior to the All-Star break.
Jan 22 - 2:04 PM

Jared Coreau will start Sunday afternoon's game against the Rangers.

He was pulled against Boston on Wednesday and will look to bounce back versus New York. Coreau has a 5-1-1 record with a 3.04 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage this season.
Jan 22 - 12:12 PM

John Tavares scored a power play goal Saturday in a 4-2 win over the Kings.

Tavares has been white-hot of late with eight goals in his last five games. He chipped in with an assist as well Saturday and it was his first helper in the five games. Tavares is up to 19 goals and 36 points this season and is a must-start in pools.
Jan 22 - 8:55 AM

Jordan Eberle continues to put a slump behind him, most emphatically doing so on Saturday with a four-point output in the Edmonton Oilers' 7-3 win against the Calgary Flames.

He generated two goals and two assists in this one, managing a +2 rating and six SOG in just 15:39 TOI. Eberle now has six points in his last four games to give him 32 on the season.
Jan 22 - 2:23 AM




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