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Penguins Report: Cooke May Miss Game

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Forward Matt Cooke missed his second straight day of practice with an unidentified injury, making it unclear whether or not he’ll play in Thursday’s showdown against his former team, the Washington Capitals.

“He was not able to practice yesterday, so it’s day-to-day,” head coach Michel Therrien said. “We’ll find out how he’s going to feel about it. It’s not a major concern though.”

If Cooke can’t go, Bill Thomas or Paul Bissonnette could see action on the forth line. Or Therrien could dress defenseman Darryl Sydor, using him as a fourth-line winger and on the power play as he did against New Jersey on Oct. 11. Therrien wasn’t about to tip his hand on the line combinations.

“Game-time decision,” he said.

> The high-powered Capitals will be a test for rookie Alex Goligoski, who has never played Washington.

“I haven’t seen a lot of these teams before,” he said. “It’s a little bit different. I think it’s just a feeling out process out there. It’s about going about your business. They’re fast. They’re really skilled. Keep them in front of you. Don’t let them beat you. Those guys rack up a few points in games, it’s going to be tough to win that game.”

Goligoski’s defensive partner, Mark Eaton, thinks the best defense is to play physcially against Washington.

“Whenever you’re talking about guys with scoring ability, you just get in their face as much as you can and take away their time and space,” Eaton said. “Make life as hard as you can. They have one of the best goal scorers in the game. It’s going to be a group effort.”

> Sidney Crosby addressed his scoring “drought” today. He’s had a number of quality scoring opportunities but only has two assists in four games to show for it..

“I wouldn’t change a lot that I’ve done over the last four games,” Crosby said. “I’m pretty confident that if I keep doing the same things, that stuff will come. It’s one of those things that I just have to keep doing the same thing.”

> He said it: Alexander Ovechkin on the possibility that the NHL won’t allow its players to take part in the 2010 Olympic Games.

“Everybody wants to represent their countries, especially in the Olympic Games,” he said. “It’s still a long way until the Olympics Games and I don’t know what’s going when the Olympics come. I want to play.”

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