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Johnson (groin) questionable; Penguins recall goaltender John Curry
Goaltender John Curry has been officially recalled and has joined the Penguins in Minnesota.
Although Marc Andre Fleury is believed to have been bothered by what is being described as a “nagging” upper arm injury for a few weeks, the reason for the callup of Curry is that Brent Johnson suffered a groin injury near the end of today’s morning skate. The callup of Curry is a precautionary move in case Johnson can’t suit up.
Johnson was due to be re-evaluated prior to game-time. Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal as expected.
With Curry being called up after 4:00 p.m., he does not count against the salary cap for today.
Official Press Release
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender John Curry from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Curry, 25, made his National Hockey League debut last season playing in three games for Pittsburgh. The netminder posted a 2-1 record, 2.40 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. Curry played his first career NHL game and recorded his first win Nov. 26 at NY Islanders.
This season Curry has led the charge for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, appearing in 31 games with a 16-13-1 record, 2.54 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.
Curry has played the last two-plus seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and owns the franchise record for career wins (73) and wins in a single season (33 – 2008-09). The Shorewood, Minnesota native also became the first goaltender in team history to produce back-to-back 20-win seasons. He led Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the AHL Calder Cup Finals in 2008, going 14-9 with a 2.83 goals-against average in 23 playoff contests.
Curry played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston University. He was a finalist for the 2007 Hobey Baker Award and a RBK First Team All-American after leading the nation with seven shutouts and going 17-10-8 with a 2.10 goals-against average in his senior campaign.