NHL

Sidney Crosby remains off ice for Penguins' workout Sunday

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby did not take the ice for the team's practice on Sunday at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pa. He left Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage during the second period and did not return.

Team captain reportedly isn't dealing with serious injury

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby remained off the ice Sunday for undisclosed reasons. He left Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage during the second period and did not return. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar captain Sidney Crosby did not take the ice for the team's practice on Sunday at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pa.

Crosby left Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage during the second period and did not return, but wasn't involved in any collisions and didn't appear to be in pain, The Athletic reported. The team was tight-lipped about the absence of the two-time Hart Memorial Trophy recipient.

"As the league has put forth these rules, we're not permitted to comment," head coach Mike Sullivan said on Saturday in reference to the NHL's policy about addressing injuries and illnesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Linemates Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary joined Evan Rodrigues on the ice Sunday in place of Crosby, a native of Cole Harbour, N.S., who has won three Stanley Cup titles with Pittsburgh.

Two sources told The Athletic on Saturday that they don't believe Crosby is dealing with a serious injury.

3-time Stanley Cup champion

Fellow forward Conor Sheary told reporters following the scrimmage he believes Crosby is dealing with a "maintenance issue."

Crosby is a two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner as the league's most valuable player. He has won three Stanley Cup titles with Pittsburgh.

The 32-year-old has recorded 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists) in 41 games this season for the Penguins, who begin a best-of-five playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens on Aug. 1.

Crosby has collected 462 goals and 1,263 points in 984 NHL regular-season games since Pittsburgh selected him with the top overall pick in 2005.

On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Crosby left the ice about halfway through the second of two 25-minute segments during practice. Crosby showed no obvious sign of injury as he grabbed his sticks and headed toward the locker room, according to the newspaper.

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