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Breaking: Murray makes his return following personal tragedy

Murray returns along with another teammate.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are back at practice this morning, and a hugely welcome face is back on the ice.

Matt Murray took a leave of absence to deal with the death of his father, and while he returned to the team, he has been given time off from playing between the pipes as he dealt with the tragedy.

He wasn't the only one to return to practice today.

Bryan Rust has been on the injured reserve list since the end of December with an upper-body injury. He has 18 points in 38 games this year, and his contributions would be greatly welcomed on this team as they heat up in the season's second half.

Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith had been holding the fort during Murray's absence, but he appears ready to return to action.

The Penguins are a top class organization - everyone knows that a death, particularly one that hits this close to the heart, has a profound impact on a person. Some people deal with it by working, and others need the time to process. 

Murray is only 23-years-old - to lose a father that early is unfathomable. We wish the best for him as he continues to process and deal with the heartbreaking loss, and hope for many wins as the season winds down.

PRACTICE NOTES

Aside from Rust's and Murray's returns to practice, there were some other little interesting tidbits from the skate.

These were the lines, Mike Sullivan rolled with.

Rutherford's kid is at practice today, and the player's should be weary (kidding).

Only one absent at practice today.

The Penguins tried an interesting practice tactic.