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Video: The Sidney Crosby penalty that wasn’t

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Normally, if a player’s leaving the penalty box before two minutes are up, it’s because his team allowed a goal. That wasn’t the case with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are Sunday.

It appeared as if Crosby had been whistled for tripping Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya. Crosby was … unhappy.

Officials had a little on-ice meeting following that call and decided to spring Crosby out of the box, erasing the penalty in an unusual moment:

Mike Milbury was among those who believe that the right call was (eventually) made, with Jeremy Roenick going as far to say that he hopes this kind of thing happens more often.

The optics are a little odd, though, especially regarding a polarizing star like Crosby. What do you think, though?

Predators waive Stalberg (again)

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Big moves like David Clarkson’s terrible contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs get a lot of attention, yet there are often under-the-radar signings that are pretty lousy in their own right.

Many were excited when the Nashville Predators added Viktor Stalberg to the mix, but he just hasn’t worked out. He was placed on waivers for the second time in 2015 on Sunday, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.

The Predators also reassigned Anthony Bitetto on a busy day for the organization.

In other waiver news, the New York Islanders moved bruising defenseman Matt Carkner from IR to waivers.

The last bit of minor news is that the Dallas Stars sent Travis Morin to the AHL on Sunday, the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika reports.

NHL on NBCSN: Flyers aim to get back on track vs. Sabres

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign as Buffalo Sabres host the Philadelphia Flyers at the First Niagara Center at 7:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The odds remain stacked against the Philadelphia Flyers making the playoffs, but if they want to make a surge, they need to mop up games like Sunday’s match against the Buffalo Sabres.

Philly will display something of a new look on Sunday, as they get some players back from injuries and/or illnesses. Michael Raffl looks like he’ll return to his spot on the Flyers’ vaunted first line while Braydon Coburn should eat up some key minutes on defense.

It’s not the only situation to watch, however, as Zach Bogosian readies for his Sabres debut after the blockbuster Tyler Myers – Evander Kane trade.

Buffalo looks to roll with Michal Neuvirth tonight while the Flyers will go as far as Ray Emery can take them, at least until Steve Mason can return from his knee injury.

(Some believe the Flyers should shut down Mason altogether in 2014-15.)

Can the Flyers lock up two crucial points or will the Sabres play the role of spoiler? We’ll see on NBCSN on Sunday night.

Former NHLer Steve Montador passes away at 35

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Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador died at age 35, as first reported by TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.

The Mississauga News reports that he was found dead at his home at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. Police do not suspect foul play.

Montador last performed in the NHL for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011-12. He played 571 regular season games spread out between the Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins and Blackhawks.

Many may remember him most from his time when the Flames, as he appeared in 20 postseason games during Calgary’s memorable run to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final.

He spent the 2013-14 season in the KHL, and spoke with CSNChicago.com about his struggles with depression and concussion symptoms back in March 2013:

“I can see why people have a hard time with a number of different things and being taken away from something they love to do and not sure if you’d ever get back the chance. There’s a lot of uncertainty, a lot of fear, a lot of anxiety and depression that comes with that,” Montador said. “I’ve had a lot of help to work through that and I feel like I’ve taken the right steps.”

The Chicago Blackhawks released the following statement regarding Montador’s passing:

“With deep sadness we mourn the unfortunate loss of former Blackhawk Steve Montador. We join the many others throughout the NHL in keeping Steve’s family and friends in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

People are already sharing their memories of Montador, whether it be fellow players or media members who had glowing things to say about how open he was.

WATCH LIVE: Penguins at Blackhawks on NBC

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins have produced mixed results this season – by their standards, mind you – but it’s rarely dull to see the two NHL powers face off. They’ll do exactly that this Sunday afternoon on NBC, so check out the game that way or via the NBC Sports Extra link below.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

For a preview of the game, check out this post.