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Penguins' Sidney Crosby joins practice, could make return vs Panthers
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) - Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby joined the team's full-contact practice Monday as he prepares himself for a much-anticipated season debut against the Florida Panthers Tuesday at PPG Paints Arena.
This marked the first time that Crosby was allowed to practice with no restrictions since he sustained a concussion during practice Oct. 7. He has missed each of the Penguins first six games (3-2-1).
"I feel good," Crosby said. "It's good to have some days like that. Hopefully we can build from here. … It's encouraging to be able to practice with the team and go in the right direction."
Crosby took line rushes with Patric Hornqvist and Scott Wilson, and also worked on the top power play with Hornqvist , Evgeni Malkin , Phil Kessel and Justin Schultz at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Crosby last practiced Oct. 12, wearing a yellow no-contact jersey. He wore a regular black practice jersey Monday.
After practicing for more than an hour, Crosby said he was not experiencing any symptoms stemming from the concussion.
"I kind of got the OK to go out there and be in a full practice, so it was just fun to be out there," Crosby said.
"We'll talk about [if I'm ready to play]. They're always asking a lot of questions and making sure that you're good from a different standpoint, obviously your health and your timing, and if you feel comfortable out there with pace and fatigue," he added.
After the team's practice last Oct. 7, Crosby said he planned to play in the Penguins' final preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets the next day.
However, he awoke that morning with a headache and told team trainers, and the Penguins held him out of the game.