The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled heavy forward Anthony Angello from the taxi squad on Sunday. According to the Penguins morning email on behalf of head coach Mike Sullivan, the team also activated defenseman Mark Friedman from the IR.
Friedman has been on the injured list since his wild game against his former team, the Philadelphia Flyers, on March 4. The defenseman scored his first NHL goal, notched an assist then suffered an upper-body injury after Philadelphia center Nolan Patrick boarded him.
Friedman has been skating with the Penguins taxi squad for several weeks. The defenseman was claimed off waivers from Philadelphia. It was GM Ron Hextall’s first personnel acquisition as GM of the Penguins.
Friedman only played two games for the Penguins and had two points (1g, 1a).
Angello was an unexpected scratch on April 6, but Sullivan later revealed the Penguins fourth-liner and net-front presence on the second power-play unit suffered an upper-body injury.
Angello was not placed on IR but moved to the taxi squad, which allowed the Penguins to save the salary cap space. Before his injury, Angello had three points in five games (1g, 2a). The three points represent most of his season output. This year, Angello has four points (2g, 2a) in 19 games.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound winger is in his third professional season after four years at Cornell.
The Penguins face the Buffalo Sabres for the second of back-to-back games at Key Bank Arena. The Penguins climbed to second place in the MassMutual East Division after their 3-2 regulation win on Saturday. They fired 41 shots on goal in the win and have points in five straight games.
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