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Crosby to IR, Blandisi recalled on emergency basis

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Joseph Cramarossa. -- KDP PHOTOGRAPHY / WBS PENGUINS

The Penguins recalled forward Joseph Blandisi from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on an emergency basis ahead of Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs, Jim Rutherford announced.

To create a roster spot for Blandisi, Sidney Crosby has been placed on injured reserve.

The moves come after Nick Bjugstad left Friday's loss to the Devils in the second period with a lower-body injury. When asked for a status update on Bjugstad after the game, Mike Sullivan said, "We'll see how he is in the morning."

Blandisi, 25, has two goals and two assists in eight AHL games this season. Both goals came in a 4-3 shootout loss in Springfield on Nov. 2:

In Blandisi's other NHL recall this season, from Oct. 11 to Oct. 29, he recorded one goal and one assist in seven games.

Blandisi can play another two games or spend 15 days on the active NHL roster (whichever comes first) before his emergency recall must be switched to a regular recall to prevent him from needing waivers. Once on a regular recall, Blandisi can play nine more games and spend 26 more days on the active roster (whichever comes first) before requiring waivers again.

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