Notebook: Pens beat Jokerit, 4-1, in Finland
• Forwards Evgeni Malkin, Ruslan Fedotenko, Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis scored for the Penguins Thursday in a 4-1 victory against Jokerit at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Center Sidney Crosby recorded three assists in the Penguins’ final exhibition game. They finished 4-0-1.
• General manager Ray Shero said defenseman Sergei Gonchar’s arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder — performed yesterday in Pittsburgh — was “quick.” Shero had yet to hear a full report on Gonchar late yesterday (Finland time), but said early indications pointed to the procedure being a success. Gonchar will miss a minimum of four months. The team expects him to return in March.
• Center Max Talbot did not play against Jokerit due to a sore leg. He was examined prior to the game by team physician Dr. Charles Burke, and Shero said Talbot was “good to go.” However, it is unknown if Talbot will play Saturday when the Penguins open the regular season against Ottawa at Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
• Forward Ryan Stone, among the last cuts at training camp in Pittsburgh last week, has been placed on waivers, Shero said. Stone has until noon today to clear. If not, he likely will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. The Penguins were attempting to trade Stone after several clubs expressed interest upon his re-assignment last week.
7 — Approximate hours the Penguins were in Helsinki, Finland, for yesterday’s game