Sidney Crosby misses last local scrimmage, aiming to practice Monday in Toronto

Sidney Crosby misses last local scrimmage, aiming to practice Monday in Toronto
(Pittsburgh Penguins)

Sidney Crosby did not participate in the Penguins' final scrimmage of training camp at the UPMC Lemieux Complex on Saturday afternoon.

Crosby was already skating on the second sheet of ice with Casey DeSmith and skills coach Ty Hennes by the time the doors opened for media at 11:15 a.m., and he stayed on the ice until about 12:20 p.m.

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Crosby spoke with reporters over a video call after practice, and said that he's hoping to be able to skate with the team on Monday and then play in the exhibition game against the Flyers on Tuesday.

"Ideally I'd be able to play in that game," he said. "If not, I'm just going to go at it a day at a time from there. But hopefully I can get in that game."

Saturday was the fourth day in a row that Crosby skated on his own. Crosby was also a full participant in practice on Friday, receiving cheers and stick taps from his teammates when he finally stepped on the ice.

“When Sid is part of the act of practice, I just think it elevates our whole level of intensity and execution out there,” Sullivan said of the moment Crosby returned Friday. “For me, that gesture, I felt really good for Sid. I’m sure he felt good as well to know how much his teammates respect him and care about him.”

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