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Penguins star Sidney Crosby to sit out Sabres game with sore ankle

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PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will sit out Wednesday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres after experiencing pain in his right ankle during the team's morning skate.

Crosby was skating during the pre-game practice when he said he felt discomfort in the ankle. He recently missed 21 games with a sprain in the same ankle.

Crosby had two goals Sunday against Washington in a 4-2 victory, his first goals in three games since returning from the Jan. 18 injury.

He resumed playing March 11 in Tampa, setting up Maxime Talbot's winning goal with about 2 1/2 minutes remaining in a 2-0 victory.

The Penguins have three days off following Wednesday's game and coach Michel Therrien said it made sense for Crosby to sit out and rest up during the break.

The Penguins next play Sunday at home against Philadelphia.

Crosby, last season's MVP, has 22 goals and 45 assists for 67 points in 49 games.

Talbot also will sit out Wednesday after aggravating the high ankle sprain he also had earlier this season.

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