TAMPA, Fla. -- Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and other team officials declined to comment on a situation after the team's 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay in which a stretcher was taken into the coaches' locker room at the St. Pete Times Forum by medical emergency response personnel.
Several minutes later, the stretcher was brought back out, empty, although the medical personnel continued to enter and leave the room for a short time.
Asked if someone was having a medical issue, Bylsma pointed toward the locker room and said, "No, the ones in trouble are in there."
Pressed further on whether there was a problem, he shook his head and said, "No."
Among those who were seen going about their business as normal after the game were Bylsma, assistant coach Tony Granato, general manager Ray Shero, conditioning coach Mike Kadar, video coach Jim Britt, head trainer Chris Stewart, head equipment manager Dana Heinze and senior director of team operations Frank Buonomo.
• Matchup: Penguins at Florida Panthers, 5:08 p.m. today, BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla.
• TV, radio: FSN Pittsburgh, WXDX-FM (105.9).
• Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury for Penguins. Tomas Vokoun for Panthers.
• Penguins: Are 3-0 vs. Florida, all by 3-2 scores in OT or shootout. ... Are 6-2 vs. Southeast Division. ... Are 3-3 in second half of back-to-back games.
• Panthers: Have lost 3 games in row. ... Penalty killing, 72.2 percent, among worst in league. ... 6 short-handed goals among most in NHL, but just 1 has come at home.
• Hidden stat: Florida's 6 wins at home tied for fewest in NHL before last night.
Bylsma described defenseman Sergei Gonchar as "day to day."
Gonchar missed the game with what is believed to be a foot injury. He took a hard shot by New Jersey's Brian Rolston off the outside of his right foot Wednesday in a 2-0 loss.
He did not take the pregame warmup yesterday.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby lost his helmet, and maybe his head a little, and took a costly cross-checking penalty with 2:06 left in regulation and his team scrambling to come back from a two-goal deficit.
He got hit near the end boards by Tampa's Mattias Ohlund, which is when his helmet came off. Crosby thought Ohlund should have been penalized, as Penguins teammate Jordan Staal was earlier in the third period.
"[Staal] got a boarding penalty earlier, and I don't know what the difference was between Ohlund going after my head in the corner and that, to be honest with you," Crosby said. "I didn't see a big difference. I got upset. Obviously, it wasn't a call [on Ohlund] and I got a call there. I was just a little frustrated with that play."
Penguins defenseman Martin Skoula got a rare penalty for playing with a broken stick in the first period.
He was near the boards in his end attempting to clear the puck when his stick snapped a little above the blade.
"The stick broke, and I was kind of caught in not wanting to lose the puck," Skoula said. "I never touched [the puck]. I just kind of reached [toward the puck] with the piece that was broken. You obviously can't do that, so it wasn't the best play by me."
There is no way to know how many fans got tickets for today to the Steelers' game at Miami and the Penguins' game at Florida and will try to make a doubleheader of it.
The two venues are perhaps 45 minutes apart without heavy traffic. There should be about an hour from the end of the Steelers' game, which starts at 1 p.m., to the 5:08 p.m. start for the hockey game.
Perhaps there are some who are making it a state of Florida triple header over two days. There was a loud vocal minority of Penguins fans at the St. Pete Times Forum yesterday.
Former Penguins winger Ryan Malone, who is in his second season with the Lightning, brought his son, Will, to the Penguins' locker room area after the game and spent some time chatting with defenseman Brooks Orpik. The two were chosen Friday to play for the United States at the Olympics. ... The Penguins' only healthy scratch was winger Eric Godard. The Lightning scratched defenseman David Hale. ... Zenon Konopka scored Tampa Bay's winning goal, at 14:26 of the second period, on his 29th birthday. ... Former Penguins winger Miroslav Satan, who was on the 2008-09 Stanley Cup team, signed with Boston. He had been a free agent since July 1.
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