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Crosby resumes regular duties at Pens practice.

Sidney Crosby looked like a player Thursday.

For the Penguins’ practice at Consol Energy Center, Crosby took regular shifts with his usual linemates – LW Chris Kuntiz and RW Pascal Dupuis.

Crosby also worked with the first-team power play.

Crosby had done neither of those in previous practices since he was cleared medically.

The Penguins lead a first round playoff series with the New York Islanders, 1-0. Game 2 is Friday at home.

Crosby said he was not cleared medically to play in Game 1 on Wednesday night, but he skated Thursday morning and returned to join the Penguins after spending a brief amount or time in area where medical offices are located.

Crosby has not played a game since March 30 because of a broken jaw, which was surgically repaired the next day.

A look at the Penguins’ lines at practice:


Beau Bennett-Evgeni Malkin-Jarome Iginla

Brenden Morrow-Brandon Sutter- Matt Cooke

Tanner Glass-Jussi Jokinen-Craig Adams

RW James Neal did not practice Thursday. He did not finish Game 1 after taking a hit from Islanders D Travid Harmonic. Neal is believed to have a lower-body injury.

All other players practices for the Penguins, including D Brooks Orpik, who also did not play in Game 1. Orpik is out with a lower body injury.

–Rob Rossi

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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