ght be getting some help Wednesday when they host the Dallas Stars at PPG Paints Arena Womens Alexander Steen Jersey , while the Stars will be dealing with a key absence.Pittsburgh center and team captain Sidney Crosby appears to be close to returning after missing three games because of an upper-body injury.Crosby was a full participant in practice Tuesday.Article continues below ...Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop is expected to miss about a week because of a lower-body injury that forced him out of Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers in New York.Crosby first rejoined his teammates on the ice for a morning skate Monday but did not take part in line rushes. Tuesday was a step forward.“It’s good to get out there with the guys, compete and get back into doing those regular things,” he said. “Just to be able to get contact and do regular drills, that’s a good sign. It feels good to be able to do those things.“We’ll see how I feel.”Crosby said it was difficult sitting out, especially with Pittsburgh mired in a 1-7-2 slump and an uncharacteristic 3-5-2 at home.“You want to be with the group regardless of winning or losing. You want to be out there,” he said. “But I think especially when you lose you just want to go and help any way you can. (I’m) trying to stay positive and do my best to get back.”Crosby had two goals, five points in the three games before he got hurt. He ranks third on the team with 19 points and is tied for second with eight goals.“I just felt like my timing, deciding when to shoot, when to look to pass Brayden Schenn Jersey , just attacking, I feel like things like that started to come,” Crosby said. “Hopefully, I can pick up there.”The Penguins’ other star center, Evgeni Malkin, sat out practice Tuesday because of what coach Mike Sullivan called a “maintenance day,” but could be available to face Dallas. Center Matt Cullen has a lower-body injury that will keep him out “longer term,” according to Sullivan.Bishop’s injury “is soft tissue. It’s nothing serious,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said.Anton Khudobin Authentic Carl Gunnarsson Jersey , who replaced Bishop against the Rangers, is expected to take over the No. 1 duties for the time being. The Stars are expected to recall Landon Bow to serve as the backup.“Nothing changes,” Khudobin said of moving up while Bishop is out.He took the loss Monday and is 2-2-1 in his five decisions over the past three weeks.“We have all the faith in (Khudobin), all the confidence in the world,” center Tyler Seguin said.The Stars have just three regulation losses over their past 11 games and the loss to New York ended a two-game winning streak, but Montgomery said his club’s work ethic is lacking.“I want guys to win one-on-one battles, and I want people stopping on pucks, besides the puck pressure,” Montgomery said. “The one thing I found inconsistent with our team has been our work ethic on a daily basis. That’s practice and games.“It’s something we’ve talked a lot about with the leadership group. I don’t think we understand yet what real hard work looks like.” ANAHEIM Colton Parayko Jersey , Calif. (AP) — A fresh start was exactly what the Anaheim Ducks needed.Kevin Boyle made 35 saves in his first career start and the Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 Wednesday night in general manager Bob Murray’s first game as interim coach.Jakob Silfverberg scored to help Anaheim end a seven-game losing streak, a skid which prompted Murray to fire coach Randy Carlyle on Sunday and take over for the rest of the season.The 64-year-old Murray had never coached professionally at any level but got the response he had been looking for, with Silfverberg scoring 6:30 into the first period to give the Ducks their first lead since getting the opening goal in a 5-1 loss at St. Louis on Jan. 23.“If you look at it, it wasn’t a clean game from us,” Silfverberg said. “We can always improve, but at the same time we’ll take a win however it looks right now. Hopefully this will get a huge load off our back and we can start building off this.”Anaheim didn’t offer much aesthetically, generating one shot during three power-play opportunities and often struggling to cleanly get the puck out of its own zone. But the Ducks did play with a feisty edge throughout the increasingly chippy game, showing the emotion and pushback Murray believed had been lacking as they dropped 19 of their previous 21 games to plummet into last place in the Western Conference.Veteran forward Ryan Kesler got into a fight with Josh Leivo less than two minutes after Silfverberg scored, and Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf scrapped with Erik Gudbranson in the second period.Silfverberg felt the Ducks channeled that passion in the right way to earn their first victory since a road win over New Jersey on Jan. 19.“Emotion is something we’ve been kind of missing http://www.officialblues.com/authentic-adidas-dmitrij-jaskin-jersey , but at the same time you got to do it the right way,” Silfverberg said. “You can’t just go out there and try to look to run guys over cause then you’re going to be spending the rest of the game in the penalty box and you’re not going to have any fun.”Murray certainly seemed to be making the most of his unexpected time on the bench, offering a sheepish grin when he was shown on camera to start the game. Despite delegating tasks such as line changes to assistants Mark Morrison and Marty Wilford, Murray admitted the game was much faster from his new vantage point after years of watching from up high.“I always told you it’s very easy upstairs, but it was good,” Murray said. “I enjoyed being around the guys and, again, tonight everything was positive so it was easier.”It helped that Murray had the benefit of Boyle, a 26-year-old undrafted rookie Youth Jaden Schwartz Jersey , joining John Gibson as the second Ducks goalie to record a shutout in his first NHL start.Boyle made a series of difficult saves and caught a break when Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson hit the crossbar with a powerful slap shot during a power play in the first period.“If you didn’t watch what pucks went in the net tonight, you would’ve been really happy with our game,” Canucks coach Travis Green said.Jacob Markstrom made 21 saves for Vancouver, which has lost four straight road games.NOTES: Ducks D Cam Fowler played in his 595th game for Anaheim, passing Ruslan Salei for most appearances by a defenseman in team history. … Gibson was placed on injured reserve because of back, neck and head injuries.UP NEXTCanucks: Visit Los Angeles on Thursday night.Ducks: Host Boston on Friday night.