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Penguins notebook: Crosby leaves to attend family funeral

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

Captain Sidney Crosby left the Penguins to attend a family funeral, coach Dan Bylsma said Wednesday before a game against Montreal at Consol Energy Center.

Crosby joined right winger James Neal (concussion) and defenseman Paul Martin (broken thumb) in an on-ice workout prior to the Penguins' morning practice.

Those players have participated in individual workouts with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar for three consecutive days.

Crosby (broken jaw) will not skate Thursday but will rejoin the Penguins this week, Bylsma said.

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• With Crosby and fellow center Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup because of injuries, winger Pascal Dupuis played in the middle. He began the game against Montreal on a line with left winger Brenden Morrow and right winger Beau Bennett. Dupuis also played center at Florida on Saturday, the first game Malkin missed with a re-aggravated right shoulder injury.

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• New security measures were implemented for practice and the game Wednesday. Additional police officers were positioned throughout Consol Energy Center, and arena security used electronic wands on fans and media. All NHL clubs have ratcheted up security in the wake of multiple bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday. There was a moment of silence for the marathon bombing victims prior to the game. The song “Sweet Caroline” was played during a first-period TV break. That song is famously played at Boston Red Sox baseball games.

• Former longtime team physician Dr. Charles “Chip” Burke and ex-Penguins right winger Mark Recchi were honored before the game against Montreal. Burke and Recchi joined the Trib Total Media All-Time Team — Burke as a builder, Recchi as the 16th player.

• Limited seats for Games 1 and 2 of the Penguins' first-round Stanley Cup playoff series will go on sale Monday. Details will be made available beforehand.

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• Penguins players, including starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, delivered pizza to students who began lining up outside Consol Energy Center around 10 a.m. Wednesday. Twice each season, players greet local students who try to get tickets to Penguins home games through the Student Rush program.

— Rob Rossi

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