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Pens' injured Talbot misses practice

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Forward Max Talbot did not participate in a full practice Wednesday at Mellon Arena - the Penguins' first since wrapping a second-round series Sunday against the New York Rangers.

Talbot missed the final two games of that series with a broken right foot. He briefly tried skating yesterday prior to practice but was visibly frustrated before leaving the ice after only a few minutes.

Just not enough

Defenseman Ryan Whitney isn't the only whipping boy for oft-disgruntled Penguins fans.

Turns out, captain Sidney Crosby is taking some heat for failing to "dominate" a second-round series against the New York Rangers. Crosby did not score a goal in five games, though he is tied for second, along with teammate Evgeni Malkin, in playoff scoring with 14 points.

"You hear things throughout the year about yourself and the team, and a lot of them are a little off-base, but that's right up there with anything I've heard," Whitney said. "(Crosby) is second in the NHL in playoff points, and he's only played nine games. What else do you want him to do• And we're 8-1."

Friendly wager

Gambling is all the rage in Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato are all in as the Eastern Conference final approaches.

Under terms of a so-called friendly wager with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Ravenstahl and Onorato must wear a Flyers sweater and fly a banner in Pittsburgh if Philadelphia beats Pittsburgh. Nutter must wear a Penguins sweater and fly a banner in Philadelphia if the Flyers lose.

Another whiteout

The Penguins again plan to create a "whiteout" at Mellon Arena for Game 1.

The team will distribute a free white T-shirt to all fans attending the game. The Penguins used the same tactic for Game 1 of the second-round series against the Rangers.


1.56 -- Sidney Crosby's points-per-game average in the 2008 playoffs

1.10 -- Points-per-game average for Ottawa right wing Daniel Alfredsson, the leading playoff scorer in the 2007 playoffs (22 points/20 games) Additional Information:

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