Crosby sidelined

Sidney Crosby was ruled out of the Pittsburgh Penguins' game last night against the Chicago Blackhawks with a sore groin, a recurring problem during his five-season career.

Crosby has been on a tear of late with seven goals and four assists in three games. Last night's game was the first he missed this season.

The captain is listed as day to day with an injury that has gotten worse since the Penguins beat Colorado on Thursday. They play again tomorrow against Carolina.

Columbus moves

The Blue Jackets activated center Andrew Murray off injured reserve and assigned forward Alexandre Picard to the club's AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

The 27-year-old Murray has missed most of the season with a shoulder injury and has one assist in six games.

Last year, he had eight goals and three assists in 67 games with the Blue Jackets.

Picard was scoreless with three shots on goal Thursday in his only appearance of the season with Columbus, against Toronto.

Noteworthy

Jose Theodore is the only goalie in the Montreal Canadiens' 100-year history to score a goal. He finished a 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders with a shot into the empty net on Jan. 2, 2001.

- Inquirer wire services