Crosby stays off ice in Tampa

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:28 PM ET

Sidney Crosby didn't take part in the Pittsburgh Penguins' optional game-day skate Monday at the St. Pete Times Forum.

According to a report on NHL.com, Crosby was told to stay off the ice by team doctors. The injured centre, out since Jan. 6 with a concussion, last skated Friday.

"He's been working out off the ice and that's through and in communication with the doctor," Pens coach Dan Bylsma told NHL.com. "There hasn't been a change in his status."

There's still no timetable for Crosby's return. He didn't speak to the media following the team's workout.

Since getting clearance for non-contact practices March 30, Crosby has skated 10 times.

The hole truth

The window is always closing on players to see the Stanley Cup at this time of year, but now it's also shrinking on cameramen and photographers.

In light of recent injuries and some odd bounces, the league is reducing the size of the circular peep holes for media shooters.

That will be good news to players such as Maple Leafs Darryl Boyce, who almost had a nostril sheared off in February at the Air Canada Centre when his beak was dragged across the opening. He also caught a hand in there, too. Sticks have been know to lodge in there periodically.

Boyce questioned the usefulness of the openings, but the NHL wants a clear field of view for ice-level pictures.

"It's not just in light of the Boyce situation, we have had other issues," Mike Murphy, vice-president of hockey operations, told QMI. "I believe we are reducing the size by one inch, both length and width."

Bolts feeling blue

The Maple Leafs haven't made the playoffs in six years, but there's something about Toronto that the Tampa Bay Lightning think they can use.

Tampa Bay will be going to a more basic blue sweater next season, a shade not too different from the Leafs, as well as adopting a new stand-alone lightning bolt logo. In both instances, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he was borrowing a page from the Leafs and his former team, the Detroit Red Wings, both of whom have not changed their colours or chest graphics very much in past decades.

"We were looking for a simpler, more traditional, iconic design that would stand the test of time," a release from the team said in February. "We like the two-colour system and the simplicity of the new mark."

The Bolts studied their current black and blue primary colours and didn't feel they stood out on TV. As well, the white in the scheme often appeared as gray on the screen. The team will have Tampa Bay shoulder patches and a second jersey will include the city's name on the front.

Mini Minny controversy

Tampa Bay sports fans had no problem when goalies Dwayne Roloson, Mike Smith, centre Steve Stamkos and winger Steve Downie all showed up at Tropicana Field in St. Pete for Saturday's Rays-Twins game. But some took exception to a newspaper photo of the foursome wearing Minnesota caps.

The chapeaus were a gift from Justin Morneau, the Twins' first baseman, who was born in New Westminster, B.C. and is friends with Roloson from when the latter played goal for the Wild almost 10 years ago.

"To me, friendship goes beyond boundaries," Roloson said. "I've known Justin for a lot longer than I've been here."

Smith said the optics weren't great, but that it shouldn't really matter.

"We call Tampa Bay home and we're going to support the teams here. But when a fellow Canadian invites us out, we're not going to turn down an experience like that too often. And probably no one else would, either."

Ducks GM rips Preds

The Anaheim Ducks need a new strategy against the Nashville Predators, according to Ducks GM Bob Murray.

"We've got to start diving because it's working," Murray told the Orange County Register Monday, taking a backhanded shot at the Predators in the process. "They're getting power plays because of the diving. I can go through the list of players. You already know who they are. You've seen them. It's ridiculous."

Murray is clearly miffed at the Predators' embellishment, calling it a "tactic" and comparing the first three games of their first-round playoff series to soccer. He's also not too happy with his own team's play.

First things first," he said. "We have to have less passengers. We have too many passengers right now. But when you're playing a game and [there's] a constant stream to the penalty box because these guys are diving left and right "¦ we have to start diving."

The Ducks stayed off the ice Monday, opting instead to recharge the batteries before looking to even the series Wednesday in Nashville.

"It's always good to get a day off," Anaheim forward Corey Perry said on the Ducks web site. "It's always nice just to regenerate and just hang out with the guys, just not do anything, not even think about hockey. It's one of those days where you just sit back, relax and watch what else is going on."

Stoll back from ban

Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll will be back in the lineup for Game 3 Tuesday.

Stoll served his one-game suspension for hitting San Jose Sharks defenceman Ian White from behind in Game 2 and was back with his regular linemates, Ryan Smyth and Justin Williams, at Monday's practice.

"I texted (White), and we chatted a couple times," Stoll said on the Kings web site. "He appreciated the text and reaching out to him. I wanted to make sure I did that, and let him know that I didn't mean to hurt him in any way."

It also looks like White, who didn't play in Game 2, will be back for the third game of the best-of-seven first-round series.

White was on the ice for the Sharks' 45-minute practice Monday but San Jose coach Todd McLellan wouldn't say whether he will play Tuesday.

"The trainers will have to clear him," McLellan said on the team's web site. "And if they tell me he can play, then we're excited about that."


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