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Penguins’ Pettersson, Ruhwedel positive for COVID-19

Penguins' Pettersson, Ruhwedel positive for COVID-19

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenders Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel entered COVID-19 protocol Monday after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Coach Mike Sullivan confirmed the positive tests and said Sullivan said Pettersson is symptomatic while Ruhwedel is asymptomatic so far.

Pettersson and Ruhwedel are the fifth and sixth members of the Penguins to be in protocol so far this season, alongside forwards Jeff Carter, Jack Guentzel and Zach Aston-Reese and defender Kris Letang.

Letang, who was symptomatic, has been cleared to return to the team, though it’s too early to say if he will be available on Thursday when the Penguins host Philadelphia. Carter, Guentzel and Aston-Reese have returned.

“I don’t think it’s because guys aren’t diligent, or aren’t doing the right thing,” Sullivan said. “I just think this is part of the world we live in now. It’s a little different this year, as there is some semblance of normality. The protocols are not mandatory. But I think our guys are doing really well just using their common sense.”

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