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Penguins C Crosby returns to practice @NHLdotcom

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby returned to the ice on Monday for the first time since missing 29 games with a concussion.

Crosby, the Penguins captain who last played on Jan. 5 in an 8-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, practiced in full gear for about 15 minutes at the Consol Energy Center.

It's not known when Crosby, who was headed toward a career season with 32 goals and 66 points at the time of his injury, will return to game action.

The Penguins, without Crosby and injured forward Evgeni Malkin (knee), have stayed afloat in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They have 88 points, and are just three behind first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.

Pittsburgh plays at Ottawa on Tuesday.

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