Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
did not participate in the team's optional practice on Thursday afternoon at Mellon Arena, one day after leaving Pittsburgh's game against the Washington Capitals
in the third period with an undisclosed injury.
Crosby suffered a lower-body injury after colliding with Washington's David Steckel
along the boards. He is listed as day-to-day and his status is unknown for Friday's showdown with the Anaheim Ducks
at Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m.
"I need to see if I can skate so tomorrow morning I'll test it out and see how I feel," Crosby said. "I haven't tried anything (today) so tomorrow I'll have a better idea of what's going on.
"I think I have a pretty good idea of what I'm looking for when I go out there tomorrow. You kind of have to find out exactly the nature of the injury and whether it's going to hurt me to keep playing even if it is painful, or if there's a lot more risk involved. I'll have a better idea tomorrow when I skate what that is."
Crosby fell awkwardly to the ice after the collision. He hobbled to the bench with the aid of an NHL linesman. At the first stop in play, Crosby left the ice and went to the Penguins locker room. He missed 29 games last year with a high ankle sprain and the sight of Crosby's recent injury gave his head coach a scare.
"That's what you're first thinking, is it going to be a long-term injury like we had last year?" Michel Therrien
said. "When we got the news this morning we were pleased about the day-to-day, let's put it this way."
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