Sidney Crosby skates with Penguins for first time since wrist surgery

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby (87) skates up ice during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby took part in his team's morning skate on Saturday, marking the first time he has been able to do so during training camp.

Crosby, who underwent wrist surgery on Sept. 8, had previously only skated on his own during training camp. His recovery was expected to take at least six weeks, which would see him sidelined through the first week of the regular season.

In 55 regular-season games last year, Crosby led the Penguins with 62 points, scoring 24 times and assisting on 38 others. Crosby was held to one goal and one assist in Pittsburgh's six-game loss to the New York Islanders in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With their season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning slated for Tuesday, the Penguins also continue to be without Evgeni Malkin. The team's second-line centre is expected to miss at least the first two months of the NHL season after having knee surgery at the start of June.

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