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Head coach Dan Bylsma didn't have any injury updates, other than saying that Crosby still has no indication of concussion symptoms. He did note that defenseman Kris Letang skated this morning on his own. He will skate again Tuesday, but there is no timeline on his return to practice.
CROSBY IS NHL'S TOP STAR
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named NHL ‘First Star’ for the month of March after leading all NHL players in points (25), assists (19) and rating (+19) while helping Pittsburgh post the first perfect month in NHL history (15-0).
Crosby, who is currently sidelined indefinitely with a broken jaw, began March with a three-point game (1G-2A) night against Montreal on March 2 – the first of his eight multiple-point games last month.
Full story here.
Evgeni Malkin and James Neal
--Sam Kasan & Wes Crosby
Only three players were absent from the team's practice: Sidney Crosby, Paul Martin and Kris Letang.
In the lines, Kennedy slid into Crosby's spot between Kunitz and Dupuis. The second and third lines remained the same.
Update: Iginla also worked with the top PP unit. Iginla and Niskanen were up top with Kunitz, Malkin and Neal down low.
Second PP unit had Dupuis and Despres up top with Kennedy, Sutter and Morrow down low.
The Pens recalled Robert Bortuzzo from his 3-game conditioning assignment.
Bortuzzo, 24, helped WBS go 2-0-1 this weekend by contributing one assist and a plus-2 rating in three games. For the season, Bortuzzo has amassed four points (1G-3A) and a plus-4 rating in 31 AHL games.
Full details here.
CROSBY BROKEN JAW UPDATE
Crosby, who is out indefinitely due to the injury, was hit in the face with a puck in the Penguins’ 2-0 win over the New York Islanders Saturday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center. He did not return in the game and went to immediately to the hospital.
“I was surprised, he looked really good for what I was expecting,” Shero said. “He was in good spirits, up and around. Over the next few days we’ll see how things go and get some sort of time frame on it at some point. We’ll try to update later in the week if we can.”
Shero was also optimistic about Paul Martin's recovery from surgery.
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START THE DAY
Good morning Pens fans! Today the Pens will hold an 11 a.m. practice at CONSOL Energy Center. It will be the first for newcomer Jarome Iginla (funny that he played a game even before he has practiced with the club).
The Penguins will practice for the first time with future Hall of Famer and Canadian national icon Jarome Iginla. In honor of Iggy's legendary career I decided to open the day with "Hall of Fame" by The Script. One day he will be enshrined in the Hockey HOF. Let's hope he does so with a Stanley Cup on his resume.