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Hornqvist rejoins practice

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Pens forward Patric Hornqvist took a big step toward returning from his hand injury by joining his teammates for their morning skate on Saturday. 

"It's fun to be out there again with the boys," said Hornqvist, who is having no issues with gripping his stick. "We'll take it step-by-step. It feels better every time I step on the ice. We're getting closer and hopefully pretty soon I can play."

Hornqvist, who missed all of preseason and the first two regular-season games this season, had surgery on his hand two weeks ago to remove "a few" screws, and has been working his way back ever since.

Hornqvist is not yet cleared for contact, but he hopes that moment will come soon.

"The first step was to get back on the ice with the players," Hornqvist said. "Hopefully Monday I can improve, Tuesday improve and hopefully I'm back pretty soon."

All in all, Hornqvist feels good.

"Timing is probably going to be the harder thing," Hornqvist said. "I'm trying to work on everything to make sure I'm the best I can (be) when I'm ready to play a game."

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