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Penguins' Crosby, Kunitz practice; Kapanen to debut

by Staff

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and forward Chris Kunitz each practiced Tuesday.

It was Crosby's first practice since Friday, the opening day of training camp, when he wasn't scheduled to skate due to an unspecified injury.


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Crosby said Tuesday the reason he didn't practice the past few days wasn't because he had a setback, but because he is taking things day-to-day.

Crosby skated with players who will not be participating in the Penguins' preseason game Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kunitz, also out with an unspecified injury, skated with a group of injured Penguins and later returned to the ice to practice with Crosby and others not in the lineup Tuesday.

Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Crosby and Kunitz did well in practice and also said he wasn't concerned about Evgeni Malkin's injury being anything long term.

Johnston said goaltender Thomas Greiss will play the whole game Tuesday in his Pittsburgh debut.

"It's always nice to have the first game of the year," said Greiss, who won 10 games and had a 2.29 goals-against average and .920 save percentage for the Arizona Coyotes last season. "It's been a while for me since we didn't make the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs last year, so it's just nice."

Forward Kasperi Kapanen, the 22nd pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, will play in his first preseason game. Kapanen said his focus is on keeping things simple. Kapanen is No. 39 on the Top 60 prospect ranking.

"Just my game with the puck, my speed and the energy I bring to the team," he said. "Follow my strengths. They're the things that got me here and I'm just going to keep on doing that. Hopefully everything will go well and I'll have a big smile on my face after the game."

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