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He’s back! Sidney Crosby activated from the COVID list

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Fortunately, the Pittsburgh Penguins have dodged a major bullet today when they announced that Sidney Crosby has been removed from the COVID protocol list just a

From the team:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated Sidney Crosby from the COVID Protocol Related Absence list and recalled forwards Anthony Angello and Josh Currie from the taxi squad, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.

Assistant coach Todd Reirden has passed the COVID Protocol, and is cleared to return to his regular duties tonight at PPG Paints Arena.

Crosby, 33, is tied for the team lead in goals (7), assists (11) and points (19) in 20 games. He enters tonight’s game with more points against Philadelphia (107 points in 72 games) than any active player in the NHL.

Crosby was put on the list Tuesday morning and now that he’s off should be able to play in tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Pens defeated the Flyers 5-2 on Tuesday in the first game of the season without Crosby.

Had Crosby repeatedly tested positive for the coronavirus, he would have been out of the lineup for several games, which couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Pens as they are in a very busy part of their schedule and mired in a battle with several teams jockeying around for playoff positioning.

Pittsburgh plays Philadelphia two more times this week. Luckily, they will have a healthy captain ready to help them in those games.