Penguins' Letang Returns to Lineup 12 Days After Suffering Stroke

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is a super hero. The 35-year-old blueliner suffered his second stroke only 12 days ago and on Saturday night, returned to the Pens' lineup. Not only did he return to the lineup, he led his team in ice-time against the Buffalo Sabres.

Pittsburgh defeated the Sabres 3-1 on Saturday, for their second win against Buffalo in back-to-back nights. Letang played just over 22 minutes in the game and also registered seven hits for good measure. 

Letang met with the media after the game and had this to say about returning to the ice after another health scare:

It feels great. As I was starting to feel better, you get anxious, you want to go back out there. With the schedule, we don't have a chance to practice that much. So, tried to prepare the best I could. Timing needs to get a little better, but the legs were there. When I started feeling better, obviously I ramped up the intensity in practice, but there (were) a couple of things we had to wait on. Like blood tests, stuff like that, just to make sure I can go into contact. Once it was clear, I got the green light.

Here's the highlights from Letang's triumphant return to the ice:

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