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PITTSBURGH—Penguins captain Sidney Crosby returned to the ice on Thursday morning, just a few days after suffering a concussion in Game 3 of the Washington-Pittsburgh second round playoff series.

Although the Pens did not hold a practice, Crosby reportedly joined a handful of teammates in full gear at the team’s facility in suburban Pittsburgh.

Coach Mike Sullivan confirmed that Crosby was on the ice but shared little else in an afternoon conference call with reporters.

Asked whether it’s possible that Crosby will suit up for Game 5 in Washington on Saturday, Sullivan said: “He’s in the process of rehabbing. And we’ll just leave it at that.”

Sullivan added: “It’s a day-to-day process and we’re taking each day as it comes.”

Crosby, who has a long history with head injuries, including the concussion that sidelined him at the start of this season, was hurt in the first period of Monday’s game. He did not practice on Tuesday or participate in the morning skate on Wednesday.

As for what’s next, Sullivan wasn’t willing to divulge much.

“I’m not going to elaborate on the process that he’s going through,” he said. “We really rely on our medical staff in that regard. These guys advise us and they’re very good at what they do.”

So it’s unclear if and when Crosby will return to this series or these playoffs. But this much Sullivan was willing to say: he doesn’t expect Crosby to change his game.

 

“What separates Sid from most other players is his ability and his willingness to play in the battle areas,” Sullivan said. “He has a blue collar element to his game even though he is an elite player. And I think that’s allowed him to have the success that he’s had.”  

The Penguins are ahead 3-1 after Wednesday’s victory at PPG Paints Arena. They can eliminate the Capitals for the second straight year on Saturday.

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