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Penguins Report: Crosby Skates, Malkin Absent

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins had Monday off but were back on the ice Tuesday at Southpointe for practice. Sidney Crosby participated in the entire practice, while Evgeni Malkin did not skate. Both superstars had injury scares in the team's 2-1 victory at Tampa Bay Sunday.

Crosby went down nursing his knee in the first period after Steve Downie slew-footed him to the ice. Crosby returned and finished the game. Malkin left the game in the second period after being hit with a shot and did not return. X-rays came back negative for breaks, but he is still listed as day-to-day. 

2:45 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room:

Dan Bylsma
On Evgeni Malkin’s injury:
Geno is day-to-day. He’s going with us tomorrow.
On how close Eric Godard is to playing to his full potential:
He’s close. He’s day-to-day, too. He practiced yesterday and did some physical contact. We saw him out there with the team today.
On deflecting the attention from Matt Cooke’s hit in the previous Boston game:
Within this room and within our focus, I don’t think we’re seeking out the attention. We know that the games that we’ve had are big games for us. We’re focusing on those things. There has been a lot of work from the players to get ready to focus on this game coming up – the game we have in front of us against New Jersey.
On the possibility of scratching Cooke in the upcoming game:
There is always a decision to be made by the coaches. I don’t think that’s going to happen.
On the hit on Sidney Crosby during the Tampa Bay game:
It was a play where my eyes followed the puck into the zone, and the guys getting tangled up happened a good second-and-a-half after the puck left. My eyes weren’t on the play, and I looked back to see him down on the ground. I did see the replay, and at that point in time, I knew that he was doing pretty well. I saw the replay after the fact, and you feel pretty thankful that the player didn’t sustain an injury on the play. It didn’t look great.

Sidney Crosby
On if his knee swelled up over night:
I feel good. I feel pretty good coming out of that with just a little soreness. I consider myself to be pretty lucky. That’s a good thing and I’m happy with the way I’m feeling right now.
On getting additional treatment:
There is always treatment at this time of year. It’s pretty typical. Nothing too bad.
On the replay of the play:
I saw the replay. I only saw it quick in Tampa. I saw it again and I didn’t think there was any need for his leg to be behind me like that. That’s hockey sometimes. Once we go down and were twisted up, there’s nothing you can do. That’s hockey. If his leg is not behind me to start with then my leg doesn’t even get in that position. I didn’t like but that’s hockey and these things happen.
On if the Cooke drama will go away after the Boston game:
It’s going to be intense. That’s a game where we expect that. We’ve played in emotional and high intense games before. At the end of the game you have to win. We’re still playing to win. They need the points. We need the points. There will be a lot of emotion in that game. Our focus right now is on Jersey and making sure we bounce back. When it’s time for Boston, we’ll be ready.
On if he thinks the Boston game is being blown out of proportion:
A lot of stuff gets blown out of proportion to be honest with you. That’s normal. Anything that creates a story or a buzz, that’s typical. That’s the way it is. I don’t think anybody will be stupid out there, but it will be emotional and that’s normal given what happened. It’ll be talked about until that game comes. That’s just the way it is. There’s a story there and people want to hear about it.

Assist Caitlin Kasunich

11:48 AM:

Eric Godard practiced with his teammates for the first time since Jan. 25

Sidney Crosby was on the ice for practice just two days after avoiding a possible serious injury


11:39 AM:
Quick hit practice notes:
> Evgeni Malkin was the only player absent from practice

> Eric Godard participated in his first full practice since suffering a groin injury Jan. 25 in New York at Madison Square Garden.

> The Penguins adjusted their lines with some interesting combinations with Malkin out. The forward groups looked like this:
The fourth line rotated between Talbot, Rupp, Adams and Godard.

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