Carl Hagelin injured, Penguins say will miss month

The Pittsburgh Penguins scratched forward Carl Hagelin moments before their game against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

He blocked a shot against the Edmonton Oilers in a move that was praised by the local media. Maybe he was a little sore before the Canucks game.

OK, make that a lot sore: After the Penguins’ 3-0 win, coach Mike Sullivan revealed that Hagelin is the latest name added to the ever-growing list of injured Pittsburgh players. He has “a lower-body injury and will probably be out for a minimum of four weeks,” according to the team.

Hagelin has 22 points in 61 games this season, with six goals. He’s battled through injuries this season, including a concussion. He most recently was playing on line with Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin.

For those keeping score at home, that’s injuries to Kris Letang, Olli Maata, Patric Hornqvist, Trevor Daley, Bryan Rust, Matt Cullen and now Hagelin.

And yet with this win, and the Washington Capitals’ loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Penguins are just one point out of first in the Metro and the NHL overall.