Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby out with apparent knee injury

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby ruled himself out of Friday night’s game against Anaheim because of an apparent left knee injury.

Crosby was hurt late in the Penguins’ 6-3 loss to Washington on Wednesday.

He did not try to skate Thursday but said he hoped to play against the Ducks.

When he got onto the ice during Friday’s pre-game skate, he realized that wouldn’t be possible.

“I don’t feel comfortable enough to play,” Crosby said. “It didn’t feel good.”

Crosby will try to skate again during Saturday’s practice before the Penguins play the New York Rangers on Sunday.

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It was a year ago Sunday that Crosby sustained a high ankle sprain in a game against Tampa Bay, sidelining him for two months.

Crosby is NHL’s second leading scorer with 57 points, second only to teammate Evgeni Malkin (67 points).

The Penguins also held out forward Max Talbot (upper body injury) and defencemen Kris Letang (lower body injury) and Rob Scuderi (facial injury) against Anaheim. NHL teams no longer are required to provide specific details about player injuries.

With their lineup thinned, the Penguins recalled forwards Janne Pesonen and Bill Thomas from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).