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Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, teammate, coach clear COVID-19 protocol

Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, teammate Brian Dumoulin and coach Mike Sullivan have cleared COVID-19 protocols and are expected to be back with the team for Sunday’s road game against the Washington Capitals.

Crosby and Dumoulin went into protocol on Nov. 3 and Sullivan joined the pair one day later. Overall, eight Pittsburgh players have been part of the outbreak.

“Throughout (the pandemic), everyone is a little bit different in terms of how they come through it,” acting cocah Todd Reirden told reporters before Saturday’s game in Ottawa. “We’ve seen both extremes of it. And then even when players are playing, a lot of them that have gone through it are not up to 100 percent. It’s something that’s really tough to gauge as we continue to move forward through this virus.”

Defensemen Marcus Pettersson (symptomatic) and Chad Ruhwedel cleared the protocol earlier this week.

Earlier, forwards Zach Aston-Reese, Jeff Carter and Jake Guentzel, and defenseman Kris Letang were in the protocol.

Crosby, an eight-time All-Star, has played in just one game this season after having wrist surgery in September. Dumoulin has one assist in eight games.

The Penguins are 2-0-2 during Sullivan’s absence entering the game against the Senators. Pittsburgh is 5-3-4 this season.

–Field Level Media