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Crosby Skates On Sunday Morning

Sunday, 03.27.2011 / 9:24 AM / Features
By Michelle Crechiolo
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Crosby Skates On Sunday Morning
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had an early morning skate with some teammates on Sunday morning at CONSOL Energy Center.

Crosby joined Mark Letestu, Eric Tangradi and Eric Godard for assorted stickhandling and skating drills led by strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. They took the ice around 8 a.m. and skated for about 45 minutes.

At one point, Nick Johnson – who has missed the past 16 games with a concussion – joined them dressed in a track suit.

Video coordinator Jim Britt assumed goaltending duties for the skate. Assistant coach Todd Reirden was also on the ice with the players, as was head coach Dan Bylsma for a short period of time.

Bylsma, who left the ice before Crosby finished his skate, joked that the Penguins captain tired him out.

When asked for his observations on how Crosby looked, Bylsma simply said, "I was pretty impressed by the video the other day."

Bylsma was referencing a PensTV exclusive video shot on Friday morning at CONSOL Energy Center, where Crosby skated with Letestu and Kadar.

During a drill, Crosby wheeled down the ice, stickhandled through a series of cones and roofed a backhander past Britt – nailing a water bottle on top of the net with pinpoint accuracy, causing it to explode.

WATCH: SIDNEY CROSBY 1, WATER BOTTLE

“I think he’s still pretty good,” Letestu laughed on Saturday following the Penguins' practice. “He seems to be progressing nicely. But I mean, just seeing the little things we’re working on, his skill set is unbelievable just trying to keep up with it. It’s a lot of fun to be out there and kind of compete with him in the little puck-handling drills and stuff. It’s pretty neat.”

On March 14, Crosby skated for the first time since suffering a concussion in early January. He has been working out both on and off the ice and his doctors write his schedule each morning based on how he has progressed.

While Bylsma was encouraged to see Crosby skating, he reiterated that there is still no timeline whatsoever for Crosby's return to full practice.

"That conversation has not been broached and I don’t have expectations for it right now," Bylsma said. "Obviously, I’m encouraged to watch him on the ice and watch him skate and go through the paces that he’s going through, so those are encouraging signs to see him to be able to do that. ... There’s been no expectations talked about, there’s been no timetable talked about when it’s possible for him to even return with the team."





 
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