Penguins D Ben Lovejoy dealing with “long-term” injury

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to continue their playoff push without veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy.

Coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday that Lovejoy is dealing with a “long-term” upper body injury and is out indefinitely. The 32-year-old Lovejoy left last Saturday’s loss to Tampa Bay midway through the second period following a collision with Lightning forward J.T. Brown.

Sullivan declined to give a timetable for Lovejoy’s possible return. Lovejoy has three goals and six assists in 57 games for the Penguins this season and has a plus/minus of plus-9, second among defensemen on the team.

Injured forwards Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bonino practiced on Tuesday but will not be in the lineup when Pittsburgh plays at Boston on Wednesday. Malkin hasn’t played since Feb. 2, while Bonino has been out since Jan. 12.

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