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Penguins notebook: Crosby not bothered by Olympic housing

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Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 7:54 p.m.

As reports from Russia filtered in Tuesday about the cramped quarters of the Olympic Village for Canadian hockey players, many were aghast at the twin beds and three-to-a-room format.

Not Sidney Crosby, who gave a figurative shrug.

“Pretty similar to Vancouver,” he said, referring to the 2010 Games. “Not quite that tight, but we had three guys in a room, and I think (Boston Bruins star Patrice) Bergeron was sleeping in a closet. … To house that many athletes in that small a (town), it's probably what you're going to see.”

• Penguins players who were not selected for the Olympics are being encouraged by coach Dan Bylsma to “vacation” or “take a break.” The ways in which each will choose to do so varied. Center Brandon Sutter will go ice fishing. “Most guys think I'm crazy, but I'm looking forward to it,” he said. Count winger James Neal among them: “I'll find myself on a beach somewhere, relaxing and enjoying the time off.”

• Winger Taylor Pyatt will not play in either of the Penguins' final two games before the break, Bylsma said. Pyatt left Monday's game after one shift because of a lower-body injury. “We should have more information on him probably returning to practice (after the Olympics),” Bylsma said.

• Defenseman Kris Letang will miss his fourth consecutive game Wednesday. Bylsma said Letang was not accompanying the team to Buffalo and provided no update on his health.

• Forward Andrew Ebbett was re-assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Tuesday. Ebbett, who has one assist in seven games with the team, was scratched three of the past four games. Taking his roster spot was forward Harry Zolnierczyk, who was recalled Tuesday. Zolnierczyk has played in nine games for the Penguins this season.

• Defensemen Brooks Orpik and Robert Bortuzzo were given practice off as “maintenance days.”

— Chris Adamski

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