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Penguins demote forwards Conner, Johnson - 01-26-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Thanks for coming fellas.

A day after scoring two goals while filling in for dinged up forward Bill Guerin, Penguins forward Chris Conner (above) was demoted to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton along with Nick Johnson.

Conner scored twice in last night's 4-2 win against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden playing primarily with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. His second goal was the game-winner. In seven NHL game this season, Conner has three points (two goals, on assist).

Johnson was recalled last week from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and made his NHL debut against the Capitals Thursday. In three games primarily played on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko and scored one goal.

EN Says: It might seem kind of rude to send Conner down after such a good night, but he was only here to fill in for Guerin while he recovers from his undisclosed injury. He took advantage of his opportunity and made a case for the team to recall him should another member of the NHL roster be unavailable.

We liked what we saw from Johnson. He just seemed to have a good sense for the game and wasn't really overwhelmed by playing with a talent like Johnson. He still needs some development as he's a bit raw, but he has a future.

(Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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