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Crosby Returns to Practice

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
*Updated 4:13 p.m. EST

Penguins center Sidney Crosby was back on the ice for the Pittsburgh's mid-day practice at Mellon Arena Monday afternoon.

Crosby took the previous five days off the rest his knee injury in preparation for the Penguins' second-half postseason push.

"Five days is pretty long," Crosby said. "I was a little rusty. I tried to go as hard as I could. If you can't go hard in practice it's pretty tough to go hard in the game."

Crosby's status for the Penguins' Wednesday matchup with the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m. is still unknown.

"I'll have to see (Tuesday)," Crosby said. "I still feel it a bit. We'll see if it continues to get better or if it goes backwards."

Head coach Michel Therrien said that forwards Maxime Talbot and Pascal Dupuis will return to the ice against the Rangers, although defenseman Brooks Orpik will miss his third straight game.

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