Penguins Notebook: Crosby ready for 100, 200, 300
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby is on the brink of reaching three statistical milestones.
He enters the Penguins' game against Toronto tonight at 7:08 at Mellon Arena needing one goal to have 100 in the NHL, while his next assist will be his 200th. And if he happens to record one of each, he will have an 300 career points.
The game will be Crosby's 219th in the league.
He is coming off his first multiple-point game of the season, having assisted on two goals in the Penguins' 4-3 loss to Washington Thursday.
Fourth-line center Mike Zigomanis did not participate in practice yesterday at Southpointe because of an unspecified injury, but said he expects to be able to play tonight.
Coach Michel Therrien, citing a recently enacted NHL guideline that allows a team to refuse to specify the nature of an injury, said "we're not sure yet" if Zigomanis would be ready to play against the Maple Leafs and declined to elaborate on his problem.
"We don't have to discuss injuries anymore," he said.
Winger Matt Cooke, who sat out the Washington game because of a vaguely described rib/abdomen/trunk injury, did not practice and is not expected to play.
Toronto will be without winger Ryan Hollweg, acquired from the New York Rangers in the offseason, as he serves the second game of a three-game suspension after knocking St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo headfirst into the boards Monday.
Hollweg should be getting accustomed to watching games in street clothes, since his penchant for hits from behind and boarding has earned him four suspensions in his past 41 games.
"He seems to be missing a filter and you have to put an effective filter in there, [and that is], you should pull up when you see a guy like that," Toronto coach Ron Wilson told reporters.
Hollweg accepted culpability for the hit on Pietrangelo -- not that he had much choice, considering it happened in front of thousands of witnesses and numerous TV cameras -- but suggested that his reputation worked against him when the league was assessing the incident.
"It's part of my game, and things haven't gone my way,"
"I've seen [hits] much worse, and no call was made, so there's a double-standard there. But I brought this on myself, and it's my responsibility."
The game tonight will begin at 7:08, a half-hour earlier than usual, to accommodate a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. ... Crosby has, for the second consecutive season, purchased a suite at Mellon Arena for use by charitable organizations. Young cancer patients affiliated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation will attend the game tonight. ... Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin reiterated yesterday that he doesn't know why Washington winger Alex Ovechkin devotes considerable time and energy to trying to hit him anytime the teams play.
First Published October 18, 2008 12:00 am