Concussed Crosby skates with Penguins, no word on return

Concussed Crosby skates with Penguins, no word on return

Concussed Crosby skates with Penguins, no word on return

"He's a great source for me to read what we're doing that night in that game and what might be needed". No doubt he wants to play Saturday.

Just not in time to try and help the Penguins build on the 2-1 lead they take into Game 4 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Niskanen, who played with Crosby for four years in Pittsburgh before signing with Washington in 2014, turned toward Crosby.

Washington found itself in a last-minute pickle that might or might not have been justified thanks to some acting from the Pens' Nick Bonino on a high-sticking call immediately following the Caps' decision to pull Braden Holtby from the net.

Game over. Series over? He said he has never been involved in a series where a team rallied from a 3-1 hole.

Before that, it was the Penguins in 2014, also losing to the Rangers after building a 3-1 lead on the strength of two Marc-Andre Fleury shutouts.

Even for teams that would rather defend than block shots, sometimes getting in the way of a slap shot is like encountering a grizzly bear.

If so, this is one heck of a swan song. "Other games we win off our counterattack or power play". After posting a.933 save percentage against the Blue Jackets, he has actually improved upon those numbers with a.937 save percentage against the high-powered Capitals.

Sidney Crosby's head injury is progressing, but he and the Penguins aren't in the clear yet. Throw in the 22.6 shots the Penguins are blocking before they get to Fleury and that's basically a shot a minute. Pittsburgh is averaging 29.2 shots per game so far while giving up 37.3. "He's a competitive guy".

"I'd like to say (he amazes us), but I think we all know how good he is", Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta said.

There was no formal practice this morning, but Crosby was on the ice alongside Conor Sheary and Carl Hagelin. The Penguins scored a total of three goals in their final three losses, another in a string of playoff failures that led to the firing of general manager Ray Shero and coach Dan Bylsma later that spring. That's the burden that comes with being the best.

In total, it seems to be good for the future prognosis of Crosby that he is able to get into a little bit of physical activity (it's just an informal off-day skate, but hey it's something). And so does his head coach. He says in a ideal world, Ovechkin would have also been given a two minute penalty for slashing, but was happy to see the five minute major assessed to the Caps' defenceman. "They need to be top players, and step up right now". But in some ways, the Capitals forward had it coming to him. "We'd like to spend less time in our end zone, we'd like to make sure that we hang on to pucks in the offensive game, we establish a puck-pursuit game, we try to get out of our end zone clean with our breakouts". We worked really hard.

"Tough time to get a penalty", Oshie told reporters after the game.

"He's one of the best players in the league and when he plays like he did tonight with that aggressiveness and physicality, he kind of pushes the whole team to move forward with him". I thought we played well too.

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