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Penguins rule Crosby out of Saturday's game

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Sidney Crosby's long-awaited debut will not happen Saturday, as Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Friday that his star center would not play against the Florida Panthers.

Crosby took part in Friday's practice, but once again will be held out of the lineup. The Penguins' next game will be at home Monday against the New York Islanders.

"Sid has been rehabbing with us, skating with us and he's a part of our team," said Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. "But we know right now he's not going to be out there with us. And that's something we've been doing for 10 months now. Our guys know it's the guys that go out there every night. We love to see him rehabbing, we love to see him skating around out there and hope that he continues to progress and at some point in time rejoins the team on the ice."

Bylsma said from what he's seen, Crosby has looked pretty good, but the decision on when Crosby is deemed healthy enough to play isn't his.

"It's a doctor's final approval to get cleared," said Bylsma. "Clearly, on the ice he's a pretty good player out there right now."

Crosby hasn't played since being diagnosed with a concussion following a hard hit during a game Jan. 5 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. That came on the heels of another hard hit Crosby had taken in the Pens' previous game, against the Washington Capitals on Jan. 1.
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