Crosby returns to practice with the Penguins

Crambury, Pa. Sydney crosby Attended practice with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, skating with the team for the first time since Saturday.

Crosby did not play in a scrimmage on Thursday and was on the ice for about 30 minutes before practice on Wednesday, skating for the first time since leaving the scrimmage on Saturday for unknown reasons.

As part of the NHL Return to Play scheme, a team is not allowed to disclose information about a player’s injury or illness.

Ivan Rodrigues From left branch Crosby turned into a line Jake Guentzel And right Connor Sheary In the investigation on Thursday.

ahead Patrick hornkvist Was on a line with the center Jared McCain And Patrick marlu After he and the defenseman Jusu Ricola The training camp consisted of practicing with the main group for the first time on Wednesday. Was paired with Reicola Chad Ruhvadel In scrimmage.

Nine penguins were cleared to practice on Monday after being excluded from the first week of training camp due to possible secondary contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Crosby scored 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists) in 41 games before halting the season March 12 due to concerns around Coronby. He was injured on nine November, had core muscle surgery on 14 November, and missed 28 games before scoring four points (one goal, three assists) in a 7-3 win on 14 January against the Minnesota Wild. .

The Penguins (40–23–6, .623 points percentage) enter the Stanley Cup qualifiers as the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference and will play the No. 12 seed, the Montreal Canadiens (31–31–9, 500). ). The best-of-5 series will be played on October 5 at the Scotiabank Arena in the Eastern Conference Hub city of Toronto.

The winner would advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the loser would have a chance at the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in the second leg of the NHL Draft Lottery to be held in August 2020.

When Pittsburgh opened training camp on July 13, Crosby said he wanted to take advantage of the chance to win the Stanley Cup for the fourth time.

“You have a career, or a small window in your career, to be able [win the Cup], “Crosby said.” Any time you get a chance to play, play for the Stanley Cup, you want to try to take advantage of it. It is not easy, but certainly, it is a great feeling. We’ve felt it before and we know what it takes. We have got a big opportunity. I think that is your goal every year, and we are in a position to compete for it. We must find a way to accomplish this. ”

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