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.