Sidney Crosby stays off the ice one day after early exit from Penguins scrimmage

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby did not practise on Sunday, a day after leaving a team scrimmage with an undisclosed health issue.

The Penguins are less than two weeks away from facing Montreal in Toronto in the qualifying round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The team captain and two-time NHL MVP scored during Saturday’s organized scrimmage before exiting. Head coach Mike Sullivan declined to offer specifics, saying he was simply “not permitted to comment.” On Sunday, assistant coach Mark Recchi also sidestepped a question about Crosby’s status.

“You’re trying the wrong guy,” Recchi said. “I think you know the league’s stance right now. Sorry about that.”

In its return to play, the NHL protocol calls for players to be listed as “unfit to play” without details if they’re unavailable for any health-related reason.

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