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Penguins News: Nylander Recalled, Friedman Fined



Pittsburgh Penguins, Alex Nylander

After a couple of days with the WBS Penguins, the Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Alex Nylander Thursday.

Nylander, 25, played six NHL games this season, with one assist and is plus-1. This season with WBS, he’s recorded a career-high 25 goals, 25 assists, and 50 points. He’s plus-2 with WBS in 55 games. His 25 goals lead the team, and his 50 points are second.

Nylander was not with the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday when they lost to the New Jersey Devils 5-1 at Prudential Center. However, Nylander was sentenced to WBS’s 5-0 loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday.

The WBS Penguins are in last place in the Atlantic Division.

The Pittsburgh Penguins did not announce a demotion or injury necessitating his recall. Defenseman Jan Rutta will be a game-time decision Thursday when the Penguins host the Minnesota Wild.

Mark Friedman:

The NHL Hockey Operations Department fined Friedman $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment). Players receive a warning on their first offense. Their second offense is a $2000 fine.

Friedman was not penalized on the ice for embellishment Tuesday.

The NHL Hockey Operations Department tracks all games, logs all penalties for diving or embellishment, and flags all non-calls it feels deserving of such a penalty. The NHL did not announce at what time the action may have occurred, but New Jersey winger Timo Meier was penalized for high-sticking Friedman late in the first period.

Friedman has drawn 11 penalties in 21 games this season.