Vokoun (blood clot) cleared, to begin comeback

 

Tomas Vokoun will try to get back in condition to play this season. (Getty Images)
Tomas Vokoun will attempt to get again in condition to play this season. (Getty Pictures)

 

An excellent chunk of the crew may be in Russia right now taking part in the Olympics but on Wednesday the Pittsburgh Penguins received some nice news back on the home front; Tomas Vokoun has been cleared to play.

The goaltender has been out the entire season after a scary state of affairs unfolded within the preseason. At a group follow, a blood clot was discovered in Vokoun's pelvis that required fast attention. He underwent surgical procedure to disolve the clot that he said saved his life just in time.

After that scary incident, it wasn't clear if Vokoun would play within the NHL once more. At 37 years of age, it might be a tricky street to come again.

While the reply is not clear but if he'll play again this season (or next), he is a minimum of medically cleared to. From right here it is just about all up to him.

Vokoun mentioned his focus now could be on observe and attempting to get himself up to health and condition so that he would possibly have the ability to play for the Penguins.

Vokoun was key for the Penguins final season, taking on the starting job within the playoffs for Marc-Andre Fleury, who was struggling within the postseason once once more. Vokoun played effectively and helped the Penguins attain the convention finals. Even with that he wasn't anticipated to be the beginning goalie for the Penguins this season but he was going to get a good load from Fleury.

Instead, the Penguins had to alter their plans and go with inexperienced Jeff Zatkoff in net behind Fleury. The rookie is 9-2-1 with a909 save percentage and 2.64 targets in opposition to common. That's definitely serviceable but less than Vokoun's919 and a pair of.forty five from last season in Pittsburgh.

Talking of the Olympics, after seeing Ondrej Pavelec towards the USA on Wednesday, surely the Czech Republic would have loved if Vokoun have been already heatlthy and taking part in too.

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Pens’ Vokoun off blood thinners, to resume skating

 

Tomas Vokoun is taking positive steps in his recovery from surgery to remove a blood clot. (USATSI)
Tomas Vokoun is taking constructive steps in his restoration from surgical procedure to remove a blood clot. (USATSI)

 

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Tomas Vokoun's street to recovery took a very constructive step recently when the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender was taken off blood thinners. The 37-year-previous veteran had a blood clot on his pelvis eliminated in October and was anticipated to be out three-6 months while recovering. It's been practically four months since his surgical procedure.

Now that Vokoun has been off the blood thinners for a week, he'll resume skating as early as Wednesday. He will not be able to take shots but, however this is certainly a very positive sign for Vokoun being able to come back. In keeping with Dan Bylsma, if his health stays secure, Vokoun can get again to trying to stop some pucks in apply a minimum of.

The Penguins backup goaltender, who stepped in as starter last postseason, has not performed an everyday-season game this 12 months. He discovered swelling on his thigh during a Penguins preseason apply and was taken to the hospital the place he was diagnosed with the blood clot.

Last season, Vokoun went thirteen-4-zero in 20 regular-season appearances with the Penguins, posting a919 save share and 2.55 goals-against average. He wrested beginning duties away from Marc-Andre Fleury during the playoffs and went 6-5-1 within the postseason, with a933 save percentage and 2.01 targets-towards common.

Fleury has been strong enough this season because the Penguins proceed to guide the Metropolitan Division by a large margin.

There doesn't seem like a definitive timetable for Vokoun's return, however it's certainly good to listen to he is making his means back from a really scary ailment.

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Pierre-Paul: Blood will be spilled vs. Dallas

JPP: Giants “To Put It On” Cowboys

 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants’ four-game winning streak and the Dallas Cowboys’ recent struggles imply Sunday’s recreation between the teams at MetLife Stadium will carry a level of significance that when appeared inconceivable.

This isn’t lost within the Giants’ locker room, the place Sunday night time defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul fired up some very confident-sounding talk concerning the matchup.

“We’ll put it on them, man,” Pierre-Paul mentioned after the Giants’ 27-thirteen victory over the Inexperienced Bay Packers, wherein he returned an interception 24 yards for a landing. “I am fairly certain the offense is going to get going. The protection is going to get going much more. And the special groups will contribute to it.

“It may be a combat. It should be a dogfight. There’s going to be a lot of blood spilled on the market.”

The Giants (four-6) started the season with a 36-31 road loss to the Cowboys. That was Pierre-Paul’s first sport again after lacking the preseason following again surgical procedure, and afterward he mentioned he was dissatisfied not to be able to play at full strength because of how essential video games towards the Cowboys are to him. He blocked a field purpose to clinch a win at Dallas in December 2011, helping the Giants en route to their newest Super Bowl title, and he returned a Tony Romo interception for a touchdown in final season’s recreation in Texas.

After this year’s season-opening loss, the Giants misplaced five extra video games to begin zero-6. However they have won four in a row to maneuver within a game of the second-place Cowboys (5-5) and 1½ video games of the primary-place Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) in a tightly bunched NFC East race. Nobody within the Giants’ locker room is going to have a tough time getting up for this one.

“We all know the motivation goes to be there,” linebacker Jon Beason said after the Packers game. “It’s the Cowboys. The winner’s going to go on and nonetheless have an opportunity, and the loser is probably done.”

In Irving, Texas, the Cowboys responded to Pierre-Paul’s potential bulletin-board comments with a collective shrug.

“He’s presupposed to feel that method,” vast receiver Dez Bryant said. “You are an opponent. We’re an opponent for them. It is great confidence.

“We’re simply going to go out there and play our game. All we deal with is the best way we put together and prepare for games. We’re going to go on the market and give it our all.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett does not want his staff to get caught up in any kind of trash-talking back-and-forth, just like the outdated days with Brandon Jacobs and Patrick Crayton trading barbs.

“We just have to concentrate on what we have to do,” Garrett said. “We’ve got nice respect for the Giants, their players, their coaches, their football group. We’ve to go up there and play our best football.”

ESPNDallas.com’s Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.

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