The Caps’ task of battling back from a 3-1 series deficit may have become even more daunting as Sidney Crosby could possibly return for Saturday’s Game 5.
Crosby was cleared for contact and participated in Penguins practice on Friday, skating on the top line. He also practiced on the team’s top power play unit. Given the workload, it certainly seems as if Pittsburgh is anticipating having their star player back in the lineup.
Crosby's absolutely taking contact. Pretty intense battle drill in the corner right in front of me.— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) May 5, 2017
Mike Sullivan said following practice that Crosby’s status remains day-to-day. Crosby was not sure if he would play on Saturday, but would not rule it out.
Sidney Crosby didn't know if he will play Sat. but said he felt good. He said that's up to doctors and how he feels tomorrow will be telling— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) May 5, 2017
But Crosby did not rule out playing tomorrow and said having gone through this before has made him familiar with his body.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) May 5, 2017
Nothing is ever certain when it comes to concussions and the symptoms can reoccur after initial disappearing so the real test will be if Crosby is feeling well Saturday after Friday’s practice.
For his part, Barry Trotz said he would not be surprised to see Crosby back so soon.
“I think the medical staffs in the league and Sid Crosby are the best people to judge if he's ready to play or not,” Trotz said after the Caps' practice on Friday. “Sid is a very intelligent young man and he will make the right decision.”
More good news for the Penguins on the injury front as Conor Sheary also returned to practice. He labeled himself as a game-time decision for Game 5.
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