While the two-time MVP declined to get into specifics whether he'll be available for Game 5 at Washington on Saturday, he's keeping his options open.
"We'll see," Crosby said. "I don't want to rule it out. It's not really up to me. You relay how you feel and they kind of direct you from there."
"We'll see how he responds (to practicing) and go from there," Sullivan said.
Still, the sight of Crosby on the ice and cleared for contact opens the possibility of Crosby playing in the near future — startling considering the way he left the ice in the first period of Game 3 on Monday after getting cross-checked in the head by Washington's
There's a chance the wait may be even shorter this time for Crosby, who led the league with 44 goals and has four goals and seven assists through eight playoff games. Crosby felt "as good as you could expect" Tuesday morning. He was around to support his teammates during their 3-2 win in Game 4 and skated in full gear during a scheduled off day Thursday before rejoining the group Friday.
While Crosby appreciates the concern about his condition given his concussion history, he stressed he's not rushing back. Game 6 would be Monday night in Pittsburgh if necessary.
"I think having gone through this I'd like to think I'm pretty aware of my body at this point," he said. "I understand the importance of making sure you're good before you come back. I have a lot of belief in our staff here that they're going to do everything in their power to make sure I'm good when I come back."
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