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Crosby cautiously optimistic, will see doctor on Tuesday.


A quick update to get you through the night. Well, whatever does that, anyway…

= C Sidney Crosby (broken jaw) practiced on Monday, but did not take part in line rushes. His status (out indefinitely) has not changed, but Crosby suggested that he is cautiously optimistic he could play in Game 1 on Wednesday. That would require clearance from a doctor, and Crosby will meet with one Tuesday. Crosby has not played since March 30.

= D Brooks Orpik (lower body, undisclosed) did not practice, but he did have an on-ice workout before the Monday practice. His status is day-to-day.

= C Joe Vitale (lower body, undisclosed) did practice on Monday.

= A look at the Penguins’ first-round Root Sports Pittsburgh (local) TV schedule:

Game 1, pregame show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Game 2, pregame show begins at 6 p.m.

Game 4, pregame show begins at 6 p.m.

Game 5, if necessary, pregame show begins at 6 p.m.

Games 6 and 7, if necessary, pregame shows TBD

Note: Game 3 will be broadcast on NBC and its affiliates.




Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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