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Penguins notebook: Crosby rested, but clinches scoring title

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By ROB ROSSI

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 9:15 p.m.
 

Evgeni Malkin no longer has bragging rights on fellow Penguins franchise center Sidney Crosby.

Crosby won his second NHL scoring championship with 104 points. He also finished with 36 goals.

Crosby did not play against Ottawa on Sunday night at Consol Energy Center. Coach Dan Bylsma opted to rest him. Crosby also did not play at Colorado last Sunday because of an upper-body injury.

Crosby played in 80 games. He had appeared in only 99 regular-season games from 2010-13.

Crosby joined Malkin (two), Jaromir Jagr (five) and Mario Lemieux (six) as Penguins to win multiple scoring titles.

• Center Brandon Sutter also did not play on Sunday night. He never had missed a game as a Penguin, and the absence snapped a streak of 307 consecutive games played that dated to March 2010. Winger Craig Adams is the only Penguins player who played in each of the club's 82 games.

• Malkin and winger Chris Conner (feet) and winger Joe Vitale (mid body) each skated with teammates during an optional practice Sunday morning. Bylsma said he was not sure if any of the three players would be available for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Wednesday night — though Malkin and Vitale each were optimistic they could play in the series opener against Columbus. Malkin finished the season with 72 points, second only to Crosby among Penguins, even though he missed 22 games.

• Winger Chuck Kobasew was recalled from AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and played against Ottawa. Winger Harry Zolnierczyk, recalled on Friday, also played — his second consecutive game.

• Goalie Tomas Vokoun stopped 18 of 21 shots for the AHL Penguins on Sunday. He finished a conditioning assignment with 41 saves over two games. Vokoun, 37, has not played in the NHL this season after surgery in October to dissolve a blood clot. He said “it is possible” Sunday marked his last professional game. “What can I say,” Vokoun said. “It went by fast. Anything's possible. We'll see.” Vokoun is on an expiring contract with the Penguins, who signed Jeff Zatkoff to a two-year extension this season.

— Rob Rossi

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