April 11, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates on the ice before the game against the Philadelphia Flyers in game one of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins Rule Out Sidney Crosby For Game 1 Against New York Islanders


The Pittsburgh Penguins will begin their run at another Stanley Cup on Wednesday night when they open their series against the New York Islanders at the Consol Energy Arena in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately for the Pens, star center Sidney Crosby is still not ready to return to action.

Crosby missed all of April after suffering a broken jaw against the Islanders back on March 30.

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He has finally resumed skating, but doctors continue to say that he needs more time to heal from the injury which required surgery.

“He said everything was good,” Crosby said, per the Post-Gazette. “He just wasn’t prepared to declare me (ready) to play. Obviously, I would have loved to have had a chance to play tonight, but that’s not the way it is.

“I wanted to make sure I’m ready when the time comes.”

Obviously the Penguins, who went 8-4 without Crosby, would be better with their star player, but they will need to push forward without him for the immediate future as there is still no timetable for his return.

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