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PITTSBURGH (KDKA)– The Penguins have sent forward Adam Johnson back down to the minors.

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The team announced the move on Friday morning as the Pens prepare for the playoffs next week.

“The Penguins have re-assigned forward Adam Johnson to the @WBSPenguins. Johnson, 24, played his first six NHL games with Pittsburgh, collecting two assists and finishing plus-2.”

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Johnson spent most of his abbreviated time in the NHL as a bottom-six forward, filling an open roster spot during the Evgeni Malkin injury.

The move will help the AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins as they try to make it into the Calder Cup Playoffs.

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“Big weekend for the Baby Pens…they need all the help they can get….. 3 points out of the playoffs with 6 to play….”