Sidney Crosby practices for the first time since surgery

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby practiced Saturday for the first time since his wrist surgery last month.

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The team gave the veteran center a six-week recovery period after the Sept. 8 operation on his left wrist.

His availability has not been determined for Tuesday’s regular season opener against two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay.

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The 34-year-old Crosby is entering his 17th season in the NHL and remains one of the league’s biggest stars. The three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time Hart Trophy winner has 1,325 points (486 goals, 839 assists) in 1,039 games.

In 2020-21, Crosby played in 55 games and scored 24 goals and 38 assists for Pittsburgh, which has not made it past the second round of the playoffs since winning consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.

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