NHL notebook: Crosby skates with injured mates

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins skated with injured teammates Monday but there's no...

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins skated with injured teammates Monday but there's no timetable for his return. (QMI Agency file photo)

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, Last Updated: 8:27 PM ET

Things are looking up for the injury-plagued Pittsburgh Penguins.

But not too far up.

Even though captain Sidney Crosby skated with teammates at practice Monday, he’s still out indefinitely with a broken jaw, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Crosby was wearing a full shield to protect his jaw as he joined injured teammates James Neal and Paul Martin on the ice.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told reporters Neal is now symptom-free after suffering a concussion April 5. There is no timetable on any of the three’s return.

The Penguins could be back to full strength in time for the playoffs.

LAVIOLETTE’S JOB SAFE … FOR NOW

Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette can rest easy, for the time being.

According to The Inquirer, general manager Paul Holmgren praised his coach Monday in Montreal.

When asked if there was going to be a coaching change at the end of the season, Holmgren gave reporters a terse response.

“I haven’t even thought along those lines,” he told The Inquirer. “I think it’s been a difficult year because of the (injury) situation. We haven’t had our whole team all year. I don’t blame the coaches.”

Laviolette coached the Carolina Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup title in 2006, and in his first season with the Flyers guided them to another final in 2009, in which they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.

NO DISCIPLINE FOR COYLE

Charlie Coyle of the Minnesota Wild won’t be missing any ice time.

The NHL will not discipline the forward for his hit on Columbus Blue Jackets’ Artem Anisimov in their game in Minneapolis, Minn., Saturday, according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune.

The NHL ruled the hit a “full bodycheck” that didn’t target the head and didn’t lead with the elbow.

It’s the second time this season Coyle has not been reprimanded for blows to the head. In February, he hit Calgary Flames centre Matt Stajan and was given a five-minute elbowing major.

WEBER: ‘WE LET THEM DOWN’

Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber put the weight of his team’s woes strictly on the skaters.

After Pekka Rinne saved 29 of 31 shots in the Preds game against the Detroit Red Wings, he still was given the strike against his loss column.

The reason? Nashville couldn’t find the back of Detroit’s net.

“We let him down all year,” Weber said. “It’s not (the goalies’) fault, they battle for us every night, they make huge saves, and we have to do a better job for those guys.”

The Predators have been shut out three times in their last five games. They are also ranked last in the goals per game category with 2.23.

BISHOP GETS TWO-YEAR EXTENSION

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Monday that they have locked up goalie Ben Bishop for two years with a $4.6 million contract.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Bishop will earn $2.2 million for the 2013-14 season and $2.4 million the following year.

Bishop is expected to compete with teammate Anders Lindback for the starting job in Tampa Bay next season.


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