Crosby back on the ice

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - A.J. PEREZ USA To­day Sports

Sid­ney Crosby was in full pads and skat­ing with his Pitts­burgh Pen­guins team­mates dur­ing Thurs­day’s off-day skate, days af­ter he sus­tained the fourth re­ported con­cus­sion of his ca­reer.

Crosby was forced out of Game 3 of the Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal on Mon­day af­ter he was hit in the head by the stick of Caps star Alex Ovechkin and then cross-checked high by de­fence­man Matt Niska­nen. The team an­nounced on Tues­day that Crosby had sus­tained a con­cus­sion in the 3-2 over­time loss.

The Pen­guins won Game 4, 3-2, to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 se­ries with­out Crosby in the lineup. Game 5 is on Satur­day in Wash­ing­ton.

Crosby missed a good chunk of two sea­sons af­ter he bat­tled post­con­cus­sion syn­drome from a col­li­sion, also against the Cap­i­tals, in 2011. The Pens were also with­out Crosby for the first game of this reg­u­lar sea­son due to a con­cus­sion.

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