Some pretty good news on multiple fronts at Penguins' practice today.
First and foremost, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who has been sidelined since Jan. 5 due to a concussion, skated in full gear for approximately 15 minutes prior to the team's practice for the first time since leaving the lineup.
Crosby said: "I’ve had some good days here the last few. I was able to get on a bike and exercise a bit. Didn’t have any symptoms from that. Just was given the opportunity to skate. Did that today and we’ll see moving forward."On how he felt after the skate this morning: "Feel alright. It’s kind of early. With these things, I tended to get symptoms later in the day so we’ll see how it goes."
If he has a specific target date on coming back: "I have no clue. I’m not thinking too far ahead as far as time frame."
Also, forward Eric Tangradi (concussion) skated in full gear along with forward Mike Comrie (hip) and defenseman Brooks Orpik (finger). Tangradi has been out of the lineup since being injured by Islanders forward Trevor Gillies Feb. 11.
Finally, forward Arron Asham (concussion) skated in a full practice. He has been sidelined since Feb. 1.
Update: Asham said after practice he hopes to return to the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.
Update Two: Matt Niskanen (flu) did not practice today and is not expected to play tomorrow against the Senators. The team will recall a defenseman from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL later today. Nick Johnson (concussion) is expected to travel with the team tonight and practice in Ottawa tomorrow.
Update Three: Crosby speaks:
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