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Sykora to Miss Second Straight Game

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins


Wed @ Reading Royals  7:05pm
Sat @ Johnstown Chiefs  7:05pm
Sun Johnstown Chiefs  4:05pm

Wed @ Johnstown Chiefs L, 3-5
Fri Johnstown Chiefs W, 6-1
Sat Johnstown Chiefs W, 5-2
For the second night in a row, the Wheeling Nailers got off to a quick lead against the Johnstown Chiefs Saturday night and went on to outdistance their rival, 5-2. It was Wheeling second straight win over the Chiefs, who were playing without Alex Penner and Trevor Hendrikx due to suspensions.

Ben Geelan gave the Nailers the lead midway through the first when he scored on a wrister that beat Johnstown goalie Ian Keserich low. Veteran forward Kelly Miller fed Geelan the puck on his goal. The Nailers took a 2-0 lead minutes later when Bo Cheesman flipped a top shelf backhander past Keserich for his second goal in three games.

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Updated: 11:48 EST

Penguins forward Petr Sykora did not participate in the team’s morning skate Tuesday afternoon and will not play in Pittsburgh’s pivotal showdown with the Florida Panthers at Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m. 

Sykora, who is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, will miss his second straight game.

"He continues to get better," interim head coach Dan Bylsma said. "At this time of the year it's better to rest than to force the issue. He could get in there right now if we needed him but it's better to get the rest."

Sykora played through the injury but the team's improved depth at forward has given the Penguins the luxury of letting Sykora heal his injury.

"We have a lot of games left," Bylsma said. "He needs to be healthy going forward and not just for one game. He'll rehab and get better. He's not far away.

The line combinations at the morning skate were: Bill Guerin-Sidney Crosby-Chris Kunitz; Pascal Dupuis-Evgeni Malkin-Ruslan Fedotenko; Tyler Kennedy-Jordan Staal-Matt Cooke; Craig Adams-Maxime Talbot-Eric Godard.

The defensive pairings were: Brooks Orpik-Sergei Gonchar; Kris Letang-Mark Eaton; Hal Gill-Rob Scuderi.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week, will make his 16th straight start in net for Pittsburgh. Fleury has won six straight contests and could match his career high with another win (7, March 9 - March 31, 2008; April 9 - April 29, 2008).

A victory would also tie him with Ken Wregget (104) for second place on the Penguins’ all-time wins list.
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