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Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby placed on COVID-19 list

Feb 23, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) stands on the ice against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has been placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list and will miss Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Penguins also canceled their morning skate due to protocol. It’s unclear if the eight-time All-Star has tested positive or had a close contact with someone who has.

“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, 33, leads the Penguins with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 20 games this season.

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–Field Level Media