Penguins notebook: Crosby, Malkin defend prospect McDavid
• The hockey world has been abuzz about super-prospect Connor McDavid, who broke a bone in his hand after engaging in a fight Tuesday in Erie. Penguins star centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin agreed it isn’t in McDavid’s best interest to fight, but they have the unique perspective of how far stars can be pushed. “You’re not thinking when you fight,” Malkin said. “You’re just mad. You’re excited. It’s all emotion. You’re not even thinking about breaking something. You’re just not thinking. He doesn’t fight a lot. It’s his first time. Maybe he didn’t understand what was going on. I hope he comes back soon.” Crosby has dropped the gloves a handful of times in his career, though he only engaged in a “half of one” in his junior career. “I was fortunate on our team to have guys who took good care of me,” Crosby said. McDavid, hockey’s most-hyped player since Crosby, is expected to miss five to six weeks with the injury. “I think it’s tough,” Crosby said. “You don’t necessarily want to see him fight. I know that’s not his job. I’m sure he’s got a target on his back. It’s not easy sometimes.”
• The Penguins arrived in Toronto almost an hour late for their practice because of a traffic jam in New York City but had a 60-minute workout at the Maple Leafs practice facility. Every player on the roster took part in practice.
• Toronto enters the game after beating up on Boston, 6-1, on Wednesday night. Right wing Phil Kessel scored twice against the Bruins and is on quite a roll. “I wish I had a shot like that,” Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak said.