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Gonchar Back at Practice; Crosby Absent

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar participated in the team's optional practice on Thursday afternoon at Mellon Arena.

Gonchar, who wore a red "no contact" jersey, took part in his first team practice after doing drills on his own for a couple of weeks. 

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

Crosby collided with Washington's David Steckel along the boards and fell awkwardly to the ice. Crosby 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.

Crosby was unavailable for comment following the game and there was no immediate update on his condition or the severity of the injury.

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.

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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