Pens' Sykora Scratched for Game 7 of Final
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It became obvious during practice Friday morning that Penguins RW Petr Sykora would not suit up for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Sykora did not participate and wore a protective boot on his right foot, which was injured blocking a shot in Game 6.
"It is disappointing," Sykora said. "I felt like I had a strong hockey game in Game 6."
He planned to watch Game 7 on a television in the locker room. "I kind of like to be around the guys between periods," Sykora said. "I want to feel the intensity."
Asked if he'd thought about whether Game 6 was his last in a Penguins' sweater, Sykora, a potential unrestricted free agent, said, "That's the last thing on my mind right now. Who knows?"
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In celebration of the 2009 Stanley Cup Champion Penguins, PenStation at Mellon Arena will be opening early today, June 13th, at 7 a.m. to accommodate fans who wish to purchase official Stanley Cup Championship merchandise. PenStation is also the exclusive outlet for Stanley Cup Final souvenir programs (while supplies last).
Free parking is also available in surrounding Mellon Arena parking lots.
Official PenStation hours for this weekend only:
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Sunday (6/14) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
During practice, Penguins C Sidney Crosby fired a top-shelf wrist shot that stuck between the webbing in the back right corner of the net for what seemed like an eternity. When asked if it was a good omen heading into Game 7, Crosby laughed and said, "I hope so. They don't usually go top shelf, so I'll take those ones."
During a 5-on-3 drill, C Jordan Staal took a deflected slap shot off the side of his helmet. Staal collected himself and shook off the cobwebs, surviving the scare without a scratch.
"That wasn't too fun," Staal said. "It happens, but I'm glad it hit the old helmet."
Added LW Matt Cooke: "Somebody was looking out for him, for sure. We're fortunate nothing came of it. Maybe it knocked some sense into him."
The Penguins and Red Wings surely will be among the favorites to return to the Stanley Cup Final. Detroit has only five potential unrestricted agents - forwards Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Kopecky, D Chris Chelios and G Ty Conklin - and one potential restricted free agent, LW Jiri Hudler. The Penguins have more potential UFA's in forwards Ruslan Fedotenko, Petr Sykora, Miroslav Satan, Bill Guerin, Mike Zigomanis and Craig Adams, plus defensemen Hal Gill, Rob Scuderi and Philippe Boucher and G Mathieu Garon. Also, potential power-play quarterback Alex Goligoski can be a restricted free agent.
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