TSN – After taking part in regular practice on Friday, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is “day-to-day” and could in the lineup for Game 5 against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
“We’ll see how he responds and go from there,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters after practice. “Right now, his status hasn’t changed at all.”
Crosby was on ice for the team’s practice full-contact practice, wearing a regular jersey and skating with wingers Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist.
“We’ll see,” Crosby answered reporters regarding a possible Game 5 return. “I don’t want to rule it out. It’s not really up to me.
“I feel good. You know, right now just kind of following what I’m told to do. I feel good.”
Crosby skated on his own on Thursday while recovering from a concussion.
Crosby suffered the concussion in Game 3 when he was cross-checked in the head by Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen while crossing the net. Niskanen was given a game misconduct on the play but no further discipline.
The Penguins topped the Capitals 3-2 in Game 4 without Crosby, and now hold a 3-1 series lead on their division rivals.
Now that Sid’s most likely going to play tomorrow night in Washington, I’ve been debating this very thought in my head all day today. Let’s face it, the Caps are fucked. We already knew that by now, but Sid coming back to the lineup just means the series ends tomorrow. I’m so confident about it that I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pens win by 5 goals. They’re going to come out guns blazing and embarrass the hell out of Matt Niskanen and the rest of the Rock the Red assholes in their own rink. What the Caps don’t realize is that the only revenge the Penguins need is winning. They did it Wednesday night without the best player in the world, and they’ll sure as shit do it again with him back in the lineup with a giant chip on his shoulder. If I was Braden Holtby, I’d probably fake a groin injury now because it’s going to be painful. A pissed off Sidney Crosby is somebody you don’t want to deal with. You try and give him a traumatic brain injury by cross-checking him in the skull, and he’ll come back and light you up by scoring point after point after point.
Knowing Sid, he’ll probably give Niskanen a death stare and a firm handshake tomorrow night after the game, but I’d much rather him go with the fake handshake to hair comb transition. Sid’s much more mature of a human being than I’ll ever be so it’s highly unlikely he’d ever do that, though. I guess embarrassing the Capitals in 5 games in a series where the the Penguins were supposed to lose (according to dumbasses) is plenty of revenge, but it would certainly be nice to see Sid piss on Niskanen’s ashes after he burns him up and down the ice tomorrow night.