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Penguins forward Sykora to miss pre-season games with broken nose @NHL

PITTSBURGH - Penguins right wing Petr Sykora will miss at least two pre-season games because of a broken nose and probably won't resume practising until next week.

Sykora's nose was broken during a collision with Pittsburgh defenceman Brooks Orpik during the Penguins' 5-2 exhibition victory in Montreal on Tuesday night. Sykora had earlier scored Pittsburgh's third goal.

"When I got hit, I immediately felt for my teeth. I was happy to have them," Sykora said.

Sykora will have his nose realigned Friday. He won't play in pre-season games Friday in Detroit or Saturday in Pittsburgh against the Red Wings.

Sykora, signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent during the off-season, will accompany the team when training camp moves to West Point, N.Y., next week. The Penguins have two pre-season games next week, both against Buffalo.

In other news Wednesday, the Penguins assigned goaltender John Curry to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

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