Sidney Crosby was nowhere to be found yesterday, hidden from sight before the Pittsburgh Penguins play the game tonight that likely will tell them if they have any chance of overtaking the Detroit Red Wings and winning the Stanley Cup.
There was no Crosby sighting as the Penguins rested after losing two games in two nights in Detroit, putting themselves into a hole of two games to none in the best-of-seven Finals. Only one of 32 teams has escaped such a hole during the Finals.
"Every day doesn't need to be Sidney Crosby Day," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said of keeping his captain away from probing minds.
Jacques Martin became Montreal's coach, leaving his general manager's job with the Florida Panthers for a storied NHL franchise that was swept in the first round of the playoffs.
He replaces general manager Bob Gainey behind the bench. Gainey took over after firing Guy Carbonneau on March 9.
"This is a tremendous opportunity to join this organization," Martin said.
Martin, 56, has been the Panthers' GM the last three seasons and coached the team from 2004 to 2008. This is his fourth NHL coaching job, with his also having coached St. Louis and Ottawa.
Martin was coach of the year in 1999 with the Senators. He has a career record of 517-406-119 for a .551 winning percentage.
Carbonneau's dismissal was part of a season that began with Stanley Cup hopes but ended with a playoff ouster by Boston.
Television ratings for Game 2 of the Finals are up from the first game. The NBC telecast drew a 3.4 rating and a 6 share. That's up from the 2.6 and 5 of Saturday's Game 1.
The rating is the percentage watching a program among homes with televisions, and the share is the percentage tuned into the broadcast among those households with TVs on at the time.