Pens' Crosby plays in scrimmage; no return set
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby participated in a controlled scrimmage on Sunday as he continues his comeback from concussion-like symptoms that have kept him off the ice since January.
Crosby took face-offs and worked on set plays alongside his teammates in his first five-on-five action since training camp opened last weekend.
The former MVP says he has been symptom-free throughout camp but continues to wear a white helmet during practice to indicate he still hasn't been cleared for contact.
"Everything's been really good," Crosby said. "I haven't ran into any issues so far so it's been pretty smooth."
Crosby has worked relentlessly during the first week of camp during drills, often to the point of exhaustion.
Crosby added he's been impressed with the Penguins, who are unbeaten in three preseason games. Center Evgeni Malkin, who missed the second half of last season with a knee injury, has two goals and three assists in two games.
When Malkin and Crosby will be on the ice at the same time remains uncertain. There still is no timetable for Crosby's return, though he considers Sunday's work another step in the recovery process.
"I think it's been a lot of fun just being out there and competing and doing typical things you're used to doing as a hockey player," he said.
The Penguins continue the preseason on Tuesday against Los Angeles in Kansas City.
Pens' Crosby 'feels good' after scrimmage
Posted: 09/26/2011 12:25 PM
By Chris Harlan, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sidney Crosby participated in a controlled scrimmage Sunday and said afterward he was feeling good.
″I've come a long way,″ said Crosby, who also talked yesterday with Penguins season-ticket holders during a team-organized town hall meeting at Consol Energy Center. ″I enjoy being back with the guys.″
For Crosby, this was his first five-on-five action of training camp. However, he still avoided contact, and there remains no timetable for his game-ready return from the concussion symptoms that kept him off ice for months.
Crosby hasn't played in a game since Jan. 5, when he sustained a concussion against Tampa Bay.
After yesterday's practice, Crosby joined teammates Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Jordan Staal and Marc-Andre Fleury for a question-and-answer event with fans. Also taking part were team CEO David Morehouse, general manager Ray Shero and coach Dan Bylsma.
There, Crosby was asked about his health.
″I feel good,″ he said. ″I look forward to getting out there, hopefully soon.″
During the lighthearted hour-long Q&A period hosted by broadcaster Steve Mears, there were submitted questions about offseason activities, locker-room antics and this year's hopes, among other topics such as favorite foods and music. The players were seated atop an on-ice platform and fans were in the lower seats of the arena.
One question asked about former teammate Max Talbot signing with the Flyers: ″Max was a good friend — key word there is 'was,' ″ Staal said with a laugh.
When Fleury was asked the hardest part about playing goalie, a fan shouted ″stopping the puck″ before Fleury had a chance to answer. So, Fleury agreed: ″Yeah, stopping the puck.″
When Malkin was asked to choose which team he disliked more, the Capitals or Flyers, he drew laughs when he admitted he couldn't pick.
Bylsma also drew a laugh when the subject turned to Jaromir Jagr: ″I can't wait for Dec. 29,″ Bylsma said of the date the Flyers travel to Pittsburgh. ″It's going to be interesting. I can't wait to see what you fans have in store for him.″