Bylsma: Crosby getting better
» Coach Dan Bylsma said Monday that center Sidney Crosby (mild concussion) "is progressing, getting better," though he declined to offer specifics. Crosby missed a third straight game last night. He will not be permitted to resume playing until all symptoms of his concussion - headache, neck pain and general sickness - are completely gone. He was injured last Wednesday against Tampa Bay.
» Seemingly no Penguins player is a match for a nasty bug that has invaded the dressing room. Right wing Arron Asham could not play against the Boston Bruins at Consol Energy Center because of the virus, which forced forwards Evgeni Malkin and Chris Conner and defenseman Brooks Orpik to miss practice Sunday. Those players returned for a morning practice yesterday, but Asham was held out.
» Forward Dustin Jeffrey was recalled from AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Bylsma planned to use him in spots, even at third-line center if he felt the need to pair centers Malkin and Jordan Staal on the same line.
» Staal opened the game reunited with "Nightmare Line" mates Matt Cooke (left wing) and Tyler Kennedy (right wing). That line was a staple for the Penguins from the moment Bylsma was hired Feb. 15, 2009, until this season. Malkin filled Crosby's traditional spot between left wing Chris Kunitz and right wing Pascal Dupuis.
» With the Bruins in town, Cooke was a popular target among the visiting media. The Bruins still have not forgiven him for his check on center Marc Savard last March. In addition to sparking a rule change for blind-side hits that check also left Savard concussed and out until Round 2 of last postseason. Savard has been critical of Cooke, as have many among the national media.
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