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Practice day at the Cup final -- Pens head back to the suburbs

PITTSBURGH -- The San Jose Sharks didn't practice much on off days in the second half of the season and it appears they're not going to change their regimen now even though they lost Game One of the Stanley Cup final here Monday night.

Tuesday's itinerary shows the Penguins skating as normal while the Sharks are not expected to take the ice in advance of Game Two, which will be Wednesday in Consol Energy Center.

The Penguins will practice at 12:15 in in suburban Cranberry at their UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the club's spectacular workout home that opened last summer. The 185,000-square foot facility cost more than $70 million. Pittsburgh will hit the ice at 12:15, while San Jose will make coach Peter DeBoer and select players available back downtown at Consol at 2 p.m.

It will be interesting to see what if anything NHL Player Safety has to say about Patrick Marleau's illegal check to the head of Pittsburgh rookie Bryan Rust early in the third period of Game One. Rust left the bench, took one shift and then left for good.

"I just tried to keep everything down," Marleau said. "I didn't want to get too high on him... I kept my shoulder in and elbow in and everything in."

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said Rust is day to day with an upper-body injury. "It’s a blindside hit," Sullivan said. "I’m sure the league will look at it."

UPDATE: Just before noon today, NHL Player Safety tweeted reasons to not suspend Marleau.

As for Game One, the Penguins' 3-2 victory was quite a track meet at times and my prevailing thought in my column off the series opener: We should be rooting for six more of those.

In my Cup final notebook, it seems all hope is lost for any changes to the NHL's controversial offside challenges. Gary Bettman says it's working great and there's nothing to see here. Oooooooook.

It was the first game in the final for the Sharks franchise, which has come a long way in its 25 years from a 71-loss team that once played in an arena called the Cow Palace.

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