Penguins Letang hospitalized after hit

The Pittsburgh Penguins lost an important member of their defense late in the second period of their game against the Arizona Coyotes Saturday.

Kris Letang

Kris Letang

Kris Letang left the ice with help from teammates Steve Downie and Rob Scuderi, trailed by Penguins training staff, following a hit from Coyotes captain Shane Doan.

With a little under five minutes to play in the second period, Letang took a pass deep in his defensive zone before flipping the puck up towards center ice. After releasing the puck, Letang was checked hard by Doan, causing him to fall awkwardly into the endboards.

Play was stopped a few seconds later, as Letang remained down on the ice. After he was looked at by training staff, he was helped to the Penguins locker room. He did not return to the game, and was sent to a local hospital to be evaluated.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported that Letang will remain in the hospital overnight for observation.

Letang, 27, has 11 goals and a career-high 54 points in 69 games this season. His 54 points ranks him 3rd among NHL defensemen.

The Penguins would go on to win the game 3-2.