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By Mike Prisuta
Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Penguins had the day off Monday but made five players available to the media.

Captain Sidney Crosby wasn't one of them.

That apparently irked at least one out-of-town journalist, who told coach Dan Bylsma it was "pretty out of character" for Crosby not to be available during a Stanley Cup Final, and then asked, "What is it about five or 10 minutes out here with (the media) that he would need a break from?"

"Having a game plan for the playoffs, I made a point of saying every day doesn't need to be the Sidney Crosby day," Bylsma said. "There have been days when he hasn't been out here; that was it. We made a choice to give other people a chance to be up here and for you to talk to them. We feel it's important for it to be a team thing, not just Dan Bylsma and Sidney Crosby talking at the podium every day."

Matt Cooke, Sergei Gonchar, Tyler Kennedy, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang handled the interview duties for the Penguins in Crosby's absence.

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