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Crosby fine after full practice with contact

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Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011

> > Center Sidney Crosby endured his first full practice with contact Friday at Consol Energy Center and emerged feeling fine. Granted, there really wasn't much contact to endure. Other than defensemen Kris Letang and Deryk Engelland combining to knock down Crosby behind the net during a power-play drill, the Penguins' captain wasn't exposed to much contact. Still, the practice represented another step in Crosby's return from a concussion. "A few bumps here and there," Crosby said, "but nothing major." Crosby acknowledged that the physical level of play in games can't be duplicated in practice. But he appears comfortable with his regimen and believes his timing is improving. "I feel good," he said. "The more comfortable you get, the more everything slows down for you." There remains no timetable for when Crosby will return to game action.

> > Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was unavailable to start against Washington on Thursday because of an illness but said he is "good now" and is expected to start in net tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.

> > Center Evgeni Malkin did not practice yesterday, though coach Dan Bylsma said Malkin did not suffer a setback during the Capitals game. He is still dealing with some soreness from scarring on his surgically repaired knee.

> > Defensemen Brooks Orpik hasn't practiced with the team since last week in Calgary but skated yesterday at Consol Energy Center.




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