Mar 6, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Marcel Goc (57) reacts on the ground against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins' Marcel Goc out three weeks with ankle injury

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The injury bug continues to strike to Pittsburgh Penguins.

Just three days after the Penguins learned they would be without center Evgeni Malkin for three weeks with a foot injury, the Penguins now have lost another forward.

The Penguins announced that forward Marcel Goc will miss three weeks with a foot injury.

Goc was injured when he was knocked into the boards during a 3-2 loss to Los Angeles at Consol Energy Center,

The timeline for the injury means Goc, acquired from the Florida Panthers at the NHL Trade Deadline, would miss the rest of the regular season and perhaps the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Goc has two assists in 12 games since joining the Penguins. He has 11 goals and 25 points in 74 games this season.

It’s not all bad news for the Penguins as they get set to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night though.

Forward Beau Bennett will be back in the lineup after recently completing a three-game conditioning assignment with Wilkes/Barre.

Bennett, who sat out the past 50 games while recovering from a wrist/hand injury, will take the lineup spot created by Goc’s injury, although it was believed that he was going to be in the lineup regardless of the injury to Goc.

Bennett is scheduled to play on the left side of a line that has Jussi Jokinen in the middle and James Neal on the right side.

In other Penguins new, rookie defenseman Olli Maatta, whose game has slipped significantly in recent weeks, will be a healthy scratch tonight.



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