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Blackhawks star laments Crosby's absence

| Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

Chicago stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were on the ice with Penguins star Sidney Crosby in one of the most famous recent hockey games — the 2010 Olympic gold medal game — but a meeting in the NHL will have to wait.

Crosby missed a game against the Blackhawks for the fourth consecutive time, last playing against Chicago on Feb. 14, 2007, at Mellon Arena.

"I think one of the years he played 81 out of 82 games, and the one he missed was against the Blackhawks," Kane said with a smile.

Indeed, the only game Crosby missed during the 2009-10 season was against the Blackhawks when he sat out with a groin strain.

Crosby last played in Chicago during his rookie season, two weeks before Mario Lemieux officially announced his retirement because of a heart condition.

Kane hopes he gets a chance to play against Crosby one of these years.

"Hopefully he's getting better," said Kane, who expressed excitement that the Penguins and Blackhawks will meet twice a season starting next year.

Injury update

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma offered no report on Crosby (headaches), nor defensemen Paul Martin and Kris Letang.

Martin was injured Friday in Ottawa, and the Penguins have not revealed the nature nor severity of the injury. Letang continues to deal with a concussion.

Defenseman Zbynek Michalek (concussion) also remained out of the lineup

Back in action

Defenseman Ben Lovejoy (broken wrist) returned against Chicago, his first game since Nov. 3.

Centers Jordan Staal and Craig Adams also returned to the lineup. Staal had last played against Detroit on Dec. 13, and Adams left Saturday's game against Buffalo.

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