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Crosby: Day-to-Day, Lower-Body Injury

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
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.

"I didn't have too much swelling," said Crosby, who had an MRI performed on the injury. "So that's a good thing. You kind of have to see how you react when you're out there on the ice. As far as the swelling goes too, sometimes things flair up a little bit more so you have to be careful with that."

None of the players that were injured in the team's 6-3 loss against Washington on Wednesday practiced. Absent were Crosby, Maxime Talbot and Rob Scuderi.

Scuderi left the game in the first period after a shot hit him in the face. He did not return in the game. Talbot was lost early in the third period and did not return. Both are listed as day-to-day.

Defenseman Sergei Gonchar took part in his first team practice since having arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder Oct. 2 to repair cartilage and ligament damage. Gonchar, who wore a red "no contact" jersey, had been practicing on his own for a couple of weeks.

Forward Pascal Dupuis, who missed the past four games with an undisclosed injury, skated before practice with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar.

A total of 15 players participated, including forwards Matt Cooke, Paul Bissonnette, Dustin Jeffrey, Chris Minard, Tyler Kennedy and Eric Godard, defensemen Philippe Boucher, Mark Eaton, Hal Gill, Ryan Whitney, Gonchar, Alex Goligoski and Brooks Orpik and goaltender Dany Sabourin and Marc-Andre Fleury.
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