Sykora injury should mean Satan's return in Game 7

Darren Dreger of TSN reported earlier today that Pittsburgh Penguins winger Petr Sykora was "likely" out for Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review moves "likely" to just plain "out," adding a little context to what is being called a broken right foot:

Sykora was injured Tuesday in Game 6, his first playoff contest after missing 14 in a row. He blocked a shot in the second period of the Penguins' 2-1 victory and played sparingly after the incident.

X-rays have identified a broken bone in his right foot. Sykora received treatment from team doctors today, but has been instructed to use crutches.

The Penguins didn't offer comment to Rossi on Sykora's status or how they hope to ever replace that 6:31 of ice time from Game 6. Rossi figures Miro Satan would be back in the lineup for Game 7, after being replaced by Sykora in six.

(Snide crack about ice time aside, Sykora actually played well enough to earn time with both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin later in Game 6 after starting out on the fourth line; along with time on the second power-play unit. And as Pensburgh points out, this could mean the end of his career as a Penguin as well.)

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