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Crosby shrugs off spear by stick of Islanders' Blake @NHL

PITTSBURGH (AP) -Penguins forward Sidney Crosby felt fine a day after the second-year star was speared by the stick of New York Islanders' All-Star Jason Blake.

"It just kind of knocked the wind out of me," Crosby said Wednesday. "It's not something you want to dwell on. It's done and over. There's a lot more important things to worry about."

Blake didn't receive a penalty following the hit that occurred with less than a minute remaining in the Penguins' 5-2 victory on Tuesday night. Crosby, however, was sent to the penalty box for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"I don't think there needs to be too much attention drawn to it," Crosby said. "It happened. It is what it is, and people can make their opinions on it, but, like I said, it's something that happened and I've accepted that. It's not good to see it, but it happens."

While Crosby deflected a barrage of questions about the play, Penguins coach Michel Therrien was vocal in calling for a suspension or fine for Blake - the Islanders' leading scorer. Therrien planned to meet with general manager Ray Shero to discuss the team's options with the NHL office.

"This is not only my feeling, but our feeling about the incident," Therrien said. "It was a cheap shot, and we're not going to accept those things. We're not going to take it."

Crosby, the NHL scoring leader, and Blake will be Eastern Conference teammates in the All-Star Game on Wednesday.

"There was no intention to hurt Sidney," Blake said Wednesday. "He's a world-class player. It was unfortunate, but we'll both move on and I look forward to playing with him next week."

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