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Penguins Report: Crosby Sits Out Practice; May Miss Game

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby left practice early on Friday afternoon and his playing status for Saturday night's game against the New York Islanders is unknown.

"A little sore today," Crosby said. "We'll see tomorrow."

Crosby has been bothered by a lingering undisclosed injury that he suffered against the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 30.

"It's been like this for a week," head coach Michel Therrien said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow. So far he's felt good enough to play those games. He got hurt a little bit. We hope he's going to be there tomorrow."

> Defenseman Ryan Whitney skated again with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar before Penguins practice on Friday. Whitney continues his rehab from offseason foot surgery.

Whitney has been skating for a few days and hasn't had any setbacks. There is no set date for his return.

> It’s an elite club of people who have their named attached with the words “most in NHL history.” However, Penguins forward Petr Sykora prefers to be no longer a member.

Sykora had registered 36 two-goal games in his NHL career heading into Pittsburgh’s matchup against Edmonton on Thursday night, the most ever by an NHL player without scoring three in a game.

He had another opportunity to break the distinction after netting two goals against the Oilers. However, he came up short again and had to settle for his 37th career two-goal game.

“I don’t care anymore,” Sykora said of not landing the elusive hat trick. “I’ve got a beautiful son, that’s all that matters.”


Sykora wasn’t the only Penguin who had a chance to record Pittsburgh’s first hat trick of the season. Miroslav Satan has recorded seven hat tricks in his career. His last three-goal effort, ironically, was on Feb. 4, 2006, against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena. But like Sykora, he too came up one goal short.

“Both of us had some chances and it just wasn’t meant to be,” Satan said.

> Satan is off to one of the best starts in his career with a team-leading eight goals through 13 games, including four power-play goals. Satan admitted that he normally has a slow start but finishes strong.

"It's usually the other way around," Satan said.

He is currently riding a three-game goal scoring streak into Long Island, where he played the past three seasons.

“I know most of the team,” Satan said. “I’ve had this happen before where I played against my former team so I don’t think it’s going to be something new for me.”

Satan’s departure was a mutual agreement with both sides heading in different directions.

“They decided that they’re going to go with young guys and rebuild," Satan said. "I’d rather be on a team that has a chance to win.”

> Pittsburgh nearly blew another lead in the third period on Thursday night against the Oilers. The Penguins let a 5-1 advantage evaporate, but still hung on for a 5-4 win. However, the Penguins believe that the Oilers game was more of an anomaly than a trend.

"It’s something that’s going on right now," Sykora said. "I don’t think it’s gong to happen again. It’s those games where you’re facing a team from the Western Conference, which plays totally different hockey. They play up-and-down, run-and-gun hockey. We kind of got caught up in that kind of hockey. That’s not the way we play. That’s what happened last night. We still came out with two points, that’s the most important thing."

It’s something you address with your play. You can only talk about it so much. - Sidney Crosby
"It’s happened a few times and we’ve talked about it," Crosby said about blowing leads. "It’s not something we’ve let go on and not address it. It’s something you address with your play. You can only talk about it so much. When the time comes, you have to go out there and do the right things."

Therrien addressed the issue with his team but has turned his focus to the Islanders.

"We discussed it last night," he said. "I’m concentrating on tomorrow nights’ game."


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