PITTSBURGH (AP) -They've gotten by without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Gonchar, and Marc-Andre Fleury. What the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't done since emerging as one of the NHL's best teams three years ago is get by without Jordan Staal.
Now they must, and they know this won't be easy.
Perhaps as difficult as it is for the Montreal Canadiens to play without top defenseman Andrei Markov.
It's Game 2 of the Canadiens-Penguins series on Sunday, and two players who are largely responsible for their teams advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals will be missing.
Staal, one of the NHL's premier two-way players, is out indefinitely because of a severed tendon in his right foot. It appears likely he will miss at least the rest of a series Pittsburgh leads 1-0.