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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 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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