Out since breaking his jaw on March 30th, Sidney Crosby has been cleared to play by doctors and will immediately re-enter the Penguins lineup for Game 2 tonight against the New York Islanders.
#Pens working on the power play. 1st unit: Letang, Iginla, Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz. 2nd unit: Niskanen, Martin, Bennett, Jokinen, Morrow -MC— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) May 3, 2013
That's some pretty good looking power play right there. Note to Islanders: probably try to stay out of the box tonight.
The rest of the lines shook out like this:
#Pens line rushes at morning skate: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis, Bennett-Malkin-Iginla, Morrow-Sutter-Cooke, Glass-Jokinen-Adams.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 3, 2013
As you can tell James Neal, who's been out since hurting his leg/knee/ankle/we'll never know in the second period. There is no update, because it's the Cup. Jussi Jokinen has skated two days in a row ever since Marty Reasoner's attempted de-kneeing late in Game 1, so it seems a good bet Jokinen is good to go.
Brooks Orpik also didn't skate and his status seems more thumbs down than thumbs up again, so expect the same defensive units as Game 1.
We'll end the post with the always understated Kris Letang:
Letang, on Crosby's return: "That's a good addition." #TribHKY— Dejan Kovacevic ✅ (@Dejan_Kovacevic) May 3, 2013