Sidney Crosby skates in full-contact practice

Crosby was held out of Wednesday's Game 4, which the Penguins won 3-2 to take a 3-1 series lead.

Pens head coach Mike Sullivan was, not surprisingly, very non-committal about Crosby' availability.

Crosby was on ice for the team's practice full-contact practice, wearing a regular jersey and skating with wingers Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist.

In other Penguins news, fellow forward Conor Sheary - also now sidelined with a concussion - made his return to practice today, and also took full contact.

"I feel good. You know, right now just kind of following what I'm told to do", Crosby said of his recovery and plans for Game 5, per TSN. Sullivan insisted the team is taking the same approach with Crosby. He needed almost two years to recover from one sustained in January 2011, and missed two weeks when he was diagnosed with a concussion last October.

When asked about speculation he would be rushing back to the ice if he played Saturday, Crosby leaned on his history with head injuries.

Crosby, widely recognized as the best hockey player in the world, will provide a big lift as soon as he's back in the lineup.

"The other play (with Niskanen) is hard to say".

"I think I'll be a game-time (decision) tomorrow", Sheary told reporters. "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".

"Having gone though this I'm aware of my body", Crosby said.

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