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Sykora unlikely to play in Cup finale
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Penguins right winger Petr Sykora appears to be a longshot, at best, to play in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.

A reporter from TSN. a Canadian network, saw Sykora leaving Mellon Arena this afternoon on crutches, with a brace on his right foot and ankle.

A Penguins official declined to comment on Sykora's injury or status.

Sykora was hurt when he blocked a shot during the second period of the Penguins' 2-1 victory in Game 6 at Mellon Arena Tuesday night, a play praised by a number of teammates.

"That got the whole bench up," defenseman Brooks Orpik said.

Before Game 6, Sykora hadn't played since May 4 after failing to score in six playoff games and getting just two goals in his final 17 regular-season games.

If Sykora isn't able to play, Miroslav Satan would appear to be the top candidate to replace him. Sykora bumped Satan from the lineup Tuesday.

The Pengiuns and Detroit are tied, 3-3, in the Cup final, and will play Game 7 Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.

First published on June 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm
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