Hockey

Crosby still questionable against Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby returned to the ice for the first time in five days on Monday.

Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby returned to the ice for the first time in five days on Monday.

While Crosby — who is nursing a left knee injury and missed Sunday's NHL All-Star Game in Montreal — practised with the rest of his teammates, he remains questionable for Wednesday's contest against the New York Rangers.

"Five days is pretty long, and I was a little rusty," Crosby said. "[I pushed it] as hard as I could, [because] you can't go hard in practice, you probably can't go hard in the game."

Penguins coach Michel Therrien said Crosby looked good during the 90-minute workout.

Crosby injured the knee in a loss to the Washington Capitals on Jan. 14, and sat out the next game two days later against Anaheim.

He did return for Pittsburgh's win over the Rangers on Jan. 18 and the team's defeat to Carolina on Jan. 20.

However, the Penguins captain heeded his doctor's recommendation to skip the all-star game in a effort to rest his ailing knee.

"It was just getting a little worse instead of getting a little better," said Crosby, who ranks second to teammate Evgeni Malkin in NHL scoring with 60 points.

"It felt better in the first game than the second, so that meant we needed to try to get myself the best opportunity to heal."

With files from the Associated Press