Status uncertain for Penguins star Crosby

Pittsburgh (5-4-2) at St. Louis (5-4-0) 8:30 p.m. EDT

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
is hurt. His exact injury, though, is anyone’s guess.

Crosby’s status for Saturday’s contest against the St. Louis
Blues is up in the air after the superstar skated off the ice in
the Penguins’ last game.

The 21-year-old phenom left Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Phoenix
Coyotes in the second period with an undisclosed injury and is
listed as day-to-day. Crosby, who missed 29 games with a high
ankle sprain last season, had one shot on goal in nearly 16
minutes of ice time before departing with less than five minutes
left in the middle session.

There was no word on how Crosby was injured, and the 2006 Hart
Trophy winner did not elaborate much on the injury during a
postgame interview.

“I had some discomfort,” said Crosby, who has three goals and 10
assists in 11 games this season. “I decided that in the third
period, it didn’t seem like I could do much.”

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The NHL does not require teams to disclose the specific nature
of players’ injuries. However, clubs are expected to report if
a player is expected to miss a game due to injury or will not
return to a game after getting hurt.

With or without Crosby, the Penguins still need to find a way to
stop the Blues, who possessed one of the league’s top offenses
before being shut out twice in their last three games, including
a 1-0 setback to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. In
between, however, rookie Ben Bishop and Marek Schwarz combined
to make 17 saves as St. Louis blanked Florida on October 25.

Veteran Keith Tkachuk is tied for second in the league with
eight goals, while Andy McDonald shares third place overall with
11 assists.