Penguins star Crosby returns to practice after concussion

Marc-Andre Fleury stellar again as Penguins push Caps to brink

Crosby missed Wednesday's Game 4 but was a full participant at his team's practice on Friday, taking line rushes between Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist as well as putting in work on the top power-play unit with Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Justin Schultz.

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is back at practice, four days after sustaining a concussion.

Washington hosts Game 5 as it faces a do-or-die situation. With the puck on the boards in the defensive zone, four Caps players collapsed on one side leaving Wilson alone to cover the rest of the ice.

All eyes will be on Crosby to see if he plays in Saturday's Game 5. "I thought our guys stuck with it all game long". I don't think so, just because I was around them after the fact.

But it still had only been a short while since Crosby was concussed on a cross-check by Matt Niskanen in Game 3 of the series and his availability is still day-to-day heading into Game 5 on Saturday, according to Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan. My experience of watching players go through [recovery] over the years, you know, they're all unique in their own way. He needed almost two years to recover from one sustained in January 2011, and missed two weeks when he was diagnosed with a concussion last October.

The Caps aren't out of the woods yet, still trailing the series three games to two, but they beat Pittsburgh for the first time on their home ice in the series.

"I felt good", Sheary said of the morning skate as a horde of reporters crowded around his stall in the tiny visitors locker room. But that history can not predict how Crosby will recover from his most recent concussion, Alessi said. It will continue with Game 6 on Monday at PPG Paints Arena.

"Having gone through this, I'd like to think I'm pretty aware of my body at this point", he said in answering those concerns.

Ottawa pulled to 2-1 just 50 seconds after Holden's goal as Lundqvist stopped the first attempt by Chris Wideman, but couldn't get in front of Stone's backhand rebound shot, which just crept across the goal line. The defenseman, who received a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for the cross-check, insisted it wasn't intentional.

Ovechkin wasted no time making it 4-2 and making coach Barry Trotz look like a genius for dropping him to the third line as he wired a shot past Fleury at 7:47. He reserved judgment on Niskanen, a former teammate.

This one could still go six games, but to believe the Capitals will win three straight against the Penguins is asking a lot, and it is unlikely to happen. And when it's happening that fast, my stick and his head (collided).

“Sid is a very intelligent young man and he will make the right decision, ” Trotz said.

It's incredible to me that an athlete of Crosby's stature who has suffered previous serious concussions could resume skating days after getting his blocked knocked off like he did in the first period of Game 3 on Monday night. Like Crosby, Sheary's status is day to day.

It turns out all they needed was for Marc-Andre Fleury to continue playing out of his mind - and boy did he deliver.

October 7, 2016: Crosby suffers a concussion in practice, which after undergoing testing the team announces on 10/9. "These guys that are monitoring our guys have expertise in the field, they're great, and we trust them".

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