OTTAWA (AP) -Marian Hossa was happy to learn that his sprained knee will keep him from skating with his new Pittsburgh teammates for only about a week.
Hossa injured his right knee against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, just 13 shifts into his debut with the Penguins.
``It's bad news, but it's also good news because I didn't know what to expect and it's a first-degree MCL (medial collateral ligament) and it should be better within hopefully a week,'' Hossa said Friday.
Wearing a brace, Hossa worked out off the ice Friday while his teammates ran through a practice for their game against Ottawa on Saturday.
Acquired from Atlanta at the trade deadline Tuesday, the five-time All-Star saw about 10 minutes of ice time Thursday before he banged knees with Boston's Glen Murray.
``I just felt good last night in the one period, and to tell you the truth, I'm really looking forward to playing with those guys,'' the 29-year-old right-winger said.
Hossa is not the first star the Penguins have lost to injury this season.
Pittsburgh has also been without captain Sidney Crosby since Jan. 18 with a sprained right ankle, and forward Gary Roberts, who hasn't played since breaking his leg Dec. 29. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recently returned from a long stay on injured reserve because of a high ankle sprain.

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