CBS Pittsburgh – Sidney Crosby was back on the ice Thursday morning, but his status for Game 5 is still uncertain.

Head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed that Crosby skated this morning, but would not elaborate on his status.

According to Shelly Anderson, Crosby took the ice in full gear at their practice facility in Cranberry.

Crosby suffered a concussion after being cross-checked in the head by Matt Niskanen during the first period of Game 3.

Niskanen was was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit.

Crosby remained down on the ice for a brief period of time before he was helped to the locker room. He did not return to the game.

While there was no formal practice scheduled today, Crosby was joined on the ice by Conor Sheary and Carl Hagelin.

Sheary also suffered a concussion in Game 3 after a collision with Patric Hornqvist.

While the Penguins lost Game 3, they rebounded with a 3-2 win last night to take a 3-1 lead in the series.

They will head on the road for Game 5 on Saturday.

First, I owe an apology to all 12 of you readers out there for no recap of last night’s game. Sorry, guys. Sometimes even the shittiest of shitty bloggers don’t have enough time in the day to write a proper recap of a very important game at a very important time of the year between the two best teams in hockey. Sad. But hey, sometimes that’s how things go when you’re busy attending playoff games then rushing back to get your dick knocked in the dirt the next morning at your full-time job all while running on 5 hours sleep. Not all bloggers have it easy, you know? #Pray4Peep

However, before I get into the real reason for this blog (which is great news, by the way), I’d like to give you a short recap of Game 4 in bullet points:

  • The Penguins scored more goals than the Capitals.
  • The Penguins played last night WITHOUT the services of Sidney Crosby.
  • Dmitry Orlov put a puck in his own net.
  • Alexander Ovechkin stunk.
  • Nick Bonino may or may not have embellished getting “high sticked” by T.J. Oshie with less than two minutes remaining in the 3rd period while the Pens were up a goal. (Side note to Caps fans: Maybe if your team scored more goals in the 58 minutes beforehand then you aren’t as butthurt today about this call. Just a thought.)
  • Marc Andre Fleury continued to stop puck after puck after puck (not sure why this is still happening, but it’s awesome).
  • The Penguins are now up 3-1 in the series.
  • How all Penguins fans feel about the likelihood of another early first round exit for the Caps:


And now let’s get to the real reason I started this blog. Sid is skating again. I know you’d have to be a truly sick person to root for somebody to continue experiencing post-concussion symptoms for a prolonged period of time after sustaining a head injury, but then again, I know a decent amount of people out there right now that feel this way even if they don’t admit it – especially fans of other NHL teams that are still in the playoffs. Look, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Sid’s back, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. Skating without contact is step #1 in the concussion protocol. Sid’s going to have to test himself at least a few more times on his own to see if he experiences any recurring symptoms before he moves along to step #2, which is skating with the entire team without contact. If all goes well after that, then he’s on to step #3 – skating in practice with contact. Then, and only if he continues feeling well, Sidney Crosby will be able to return to hockey. 

To reiterate, just because he skated today doesn’t mean he’ll be playing in Game 5 on Saturday. However, it also doesn’t necessarily indicate he won’t. Sid still has two more steps to go through in the concussion protocol, but if anything, it’s encouraging to see him make this type of progress only three days after taking a cross-check to the face. We all know the Pens can beat the Caps without him so there’s probably no need for Sid to rush back. But if this doesn’t put a hop in the step of his teammates right now, then I don’t know what would. The best player in the world is most likely going to come back for more puck this postseason, and that means our June in Pittsburgh just got a little sweeter again this year.