Sykora a long shot tonight

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

DETROIT -- The Penguins likely won't have winger Petr Sykora for Game 7.

Sykora hurt his foot blocking a shot in Game 6 and wasn't on the Mellon Arena ice before the club's flight from Pittsburgh, although coach Dan Bylsma maintained Sykora is day-to-day.

"We're still treating Petr and we're evaluating him day-to-day. He got a shot off the foot, and he has an injury, and we're kind of hoping he gets better (last night) and better again (today), and we'll see where he's at."

Sykora made his finals debut in Game 6, replacing Miroslav Satan, who likely will be placed back into the lineup tonight.

Bylsma admired the fact that Sykora -- a scorer -- blocked a shot.

"We had a chuckle about the fact that he blocked the shot, but it was a huge lift to our team. Our bench was up. They were cheering."

Wings' greats lift spirits

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock appreciates the history in Detroit and believes that helps motivate a club. "All of that is really important. (Ted Lindsay is) always in the opening meeting before each round. He sits right in the dressing room in his stall with our team," said Babcock. "That's a privilege for a coach and a privilege for a player. And that Gordie (Howe) comes in after the game or that Steve (Yzerman) comes by, or that these players still care about being a Red Wing. Those are Original Six things that are very special. But I bet the guys in Pittsburgh are thrilled that Mario (Lemieux) still has a stall in the room, and that he's around there. That's what history is."


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