Thursday, November 23, 2006

Penguins 3 - Bruins 4 (SO): Crosby-Less Penguins Fall Short

Bad things happen when future MVP Sidney Crosby can't make the lineup due to a groin injury, although they still got a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins.

Crosby missed only one game last season, so the Penguins aren't used to not having him around.

Game Recap from Yahoo! Sports:
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas liked the lineup he faced in a shootout -- one that didn't include Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby.

Marco Sturm scored one of three Boston goals during a second-period flurry, then won it by being the only player to score in the shootout as the Bruins squandered a two-goal lead before beating the Penguins 4-3 Wednesday night.

Sturm was Boston's first skater in the shootout and, after Pittsburgh's Michel Ouellet shot wide, he stuffed a shot under goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's pads. Evgeni Malkin, who had a goal and an assist, and Sergei Gonchar each missed for Pittsburgh to end it. Gonchar's shot deflected off Thomas' glove and a post.

"I find if I lose a shootout, I feel devastated," Thomas said. "If I win I feel like I did what I'm supposed to do. Shootouts are a lot like poker -- there's some skill involved, but it's a whole lot of luck."
So, what's the latest on Crosby's injury? Well, it just seems to be a day-to-day thing. He could be in the lineup for the next game or he could miss one more game.

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