NHL notes: Milbury sorry for 'punk' Crosby remarks

Pens captain Sidney Crosby (left) battles for the puck with Flyers forward Claude Giroux during NHL...

Pens captain Sidney Crosby (left) battles for the puck with Flyers forward Claude Giroux during NHL action in Pittsburgh on Sunday, April 1, 2012. (Jason Cohn/Reuters)

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Mike Milbury has apologized to the Pittsburgh Penguins for referring to Sidney Crosby as "Little goody two shoes" and saying coach Dan Bylsma "should have taken off his skirt" during a melee Sunday with the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I reached out to (team president) David Morehouse and the Penguins about the comments I made (Monday) on Philadelphia radio," NHL analyst Milbury said Tuesday in a statement. "In hindsight, I realize what I said was inappropriate and wrong, and I want to apologize to the Penguins organization and their fans."

Milbury ripped the Penguins captain during the interview, pointing out that the brawl stemmed from a Crosby slash on Flyers forward Brayden Schenn.

"Little goody two shoes (Crosby) goes into the corner and gives a shot to Schenn," Milbury said. "Schenn was late to the party, he should have turned around and drilled him right away, but I guess better late than never.

"(Crosby) said after he came back from his 35th concussion, 'I'm not going to do this anymore, I'm not going to get into scrums, I'm going to stay away from that stuff.'

"He couldn't help himself because there's a little punk in Crosby. He's not the perfect gentleman. He's not the sweet kid you see in interviews with his hat pulled down over his eyes. I'd say screw him, hit him."

As for the shouting match between Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato and Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, Milbury -- a former NHL player, coach and GM -- said it wasn't uncommon.

"I can remember being on such a perch, or at least trying to climb over the boards to get at somebody to make a point. And I thought (Bylsma) should have taken off his skirt and gone over there."

Crosby said Tuesday of Milbury: "He's pretty good at twisting stuff around, that's for sure."

TOEWS BACK THURSDAY?

After missing 20 games with a concussion, Jonathan Toews could return Thursday to the Chicago Blackhawks lineup.

"It's up to him," coach Joel Quenneville told the Chicago Sun-Times Tuesday after practice. "He's progressing enough that he'll make that call."

Toews has been practising in recent days with the team after being cleared for contact by doctors. He hasn't played since Feb. 19, and the Blackhawks have just two games left in the regular season.

"I haven't made that decision for Thursday yet," the team captain said. "I have another full day before that. I'll practise with the guys and we'll see how that goes and come Thursday we'll make a decision."

BRIEFLY

Chicago defenceman Duncan Keith will return Thursday against the Minnesota Wild after serving a five-game suspension for elbowing Vancouver's Daniel Sedin on March 21. "I'm looking forward to getting back and helping the team here in the last couple games and the playoffs," Keith said.


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