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Injured Penguins star Sidney Crosby practices but remains uncertain for playoff opener

Friday, 04.26.2013 / 1:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Injured Penguins star Sidney Crosby practices but remains uncertain for playoff opener

CANONSBURG, Pa. - Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has returned to practice, but his status for next week's playoff opener remains uncertain.

Crosby hasn't played since breaking his jaw last month. He took part in non-contact drills on Friday, wearing a protective facemask that he'll likely keep on for the duration of the post-season.

The NHL's second-leading scorer says he feels good and he's not concerned about the layoff. Crosby has undergone several dental procedures over the last four weeks to help repair some of the damage and admits he can tell something's a little off.

The Penguins have clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh will get back injured defenceman Paul Martin and forward James Neal for the regular-season finale on Saturday against Carolina.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres