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Crosby shoots down rumblings he was concussed at World Cup

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PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 15: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates during the Victory Parade and Rally on June 15, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby met with the media on Tuesday, for the first time since being diagnosed with his latest concussion.

From that meeting, we learned:

• Despite the injury, Crosby feels pretty good and skated today. “I think there’s a really good structure in place for how to get back,” he said of his plan for recovery. “I feel confident and comfortable with everything, so just take it day-by-day.”

• How did the concussion happen? "[I] kinda got tangled up in practice on Friday, and didn’t really think anything of it,” he explained.

• Further to that point, No. 87 was adamant he did not suffer the injury captaining Canada to victory at the World Cup of Hockey.

“It happened Friday in practice. I think the team stated it happened Friday in practice so I don’t know why there would be speculation about it happening in the World Cup,” Crosby said. “How many people were here at practice on Friday? It happened. I’m not making this up.”

There’s been a fair bit of speculation about the World Cup, especially since Crosby didn’t participate in any of Pittsburgh’s preseason games following the tournament’s conclusion.

So, that’s where things sit with the Pens just two days away from their season opener at home against Washington.

Barring a miraculous recovery, Crosby won’t be in the lineup on Thursday and it remains to be seen what his availability will be for games on Saturday (against Anaheim) and Monday (against Colorado).