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Notebook: Injury sidelines Pens' Roberts for Game 1

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By Mike Prisuta
Saturday, April 26, 2008

• Penguins left wing Gary Roberts missed a third consecutive game Friday due to a groin injury. He was optimistic about his status at practice Thursday and appeared frustrated after the morning skate yesterday. Coach Michel Therrien said Roberts made the decision not to play in Game 1. "It was Gary's call," Therrien said. "We were disappointed, but you have to respect his decision. He felt he was not 100 percent."

• Aside from Roberts, the Penguins scratched the following players: forward Jeff Taffe and Kris Beech, defenseman Darryl Sydor and goaltender Dany Sabourin. Those four players have yet to appear in the playoffs.

• Forward Colton Orr replaced Ryan Hollweg on a checking line for the Rangers, who also scratched forwards Petr Prucha, Greg Moore and Dane Byers, and defensemen Marek Malik and Jason Strudwick.

• Fans were encouraged to support the Penguins with a "whiteout" at Mellon Arena. The concept of home fans wearing uniform white shirts is hardly unique and is practiced by many NHL teams. The "whiteout" idea dates to fans of the Winnipeg Jets creating a bright backdrop for home playoff games. Rangers center Scott Gomez is a fan of the "whiteout." "It's good for hockey," he said.

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