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Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009

D Mark Eaton promised to "deliver all the usual cliches" Monday after the Penguins practiced at Southpointe.

The subject was the Penguins' inability to win three consecutive games since opening November with six straight victories, and Eaton delivered on his pledge. He also stressed that thinking of a winning streak is dangerous — even though interim coach Dan Bylsma acknowledged victories in two of every three games over the club's final 21 contests "probably" won't be enough to reach the playoffs.

"We can't afford to think anything more than one game at a time, one period at a time, really," Eaton said. "But, yeah, we're going to need to string something together at some point. We just can't let ourselves lose sight of playing the (New York) Islanders on Wednesday."

• LWs Matt Cooke and Ruslan Fedotenko did not practice yesterday, and their status to play at home against the Islanders is uncertain.

"It's that time of the year where some guys need a day off and to be evaluated," Bylsma said. "We may see them on the ice today, and we may not. I don't know, to be honest."

• Bylsma said he is no more worried about possible mental and physical fatigue for G Marc-Andre Fleury than he is "any other player." Fleury was pulled Sunday from a 5-2 loss at Washington; he has appeared in 29 of 31 games since returning from a one-month, injury-related absence Dec. 18. He has allowed 21 goals in the past six games, including five Sunday.

"After the game I was tired, but I came home and sat on the couch all night," Fleury said. "Physically I'm good." Bylsma has not named a starter for Wednesday.


115,000 — Money raised by the NHLPA for the Luc Bourdon Memorial Fund; Bourdon, a former Vancouver prospect and best friend of Penguins D Kris Letang, was killed last June in a motorcycle accident.

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