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Crosby out for Penguins because of COVID-19 protocol

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PITTSBURGH, PA – JANUARY 17: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Washington Capitals at PPG PAINTS Arena on January 17, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

Sidney Crosby will be placed on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list and will not play for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

The Penguins cancelled their morning skate Tuesday because of protocol.

“We’ve got to control what we can to give ourselves the best chance to be successful and we can’t worry about the things we can’t,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “As I said to our players, we can do all the right things and this kind of stuff could happen. The other thing I would say is just because someone is on the COVID protocol list doesn’t necessarily mean that they have COVID. There are protocols put in place for a reason, and we will do our very best to adhere to them.”

Crosby leads the Penguins with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 20 games this season. The center ranks second among Pittsburgh forwards in ice time per game (20:24) behind Jake Guentzel (20:38).

“He’s an influential player for us in so many different areas,” Sullivan said. “He’s not an easy guy to replace by any stretch, but we have been through this experience in the past and found ways to have success. It should provide opportunities for others to step up.”

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