Ice Hockey - Crosby to return with protective cage

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has confirmed he will play Game 2 of the play-off series against the New York Islanders.


Crosby returned to practice almost two weeks ago but has not played since March 30 because of a broken jaw.

The Penguins won Game 1 of the series 5-0 on Wednesday. Game 2 is Friday in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins star had a series of dental procedures since getting hit in the face against the Islanders and missed the final 12 games of the regular season. Despite that, he finished third in the NHL with 56 points.

Crosby will wear a protective cage as a safety measure.

Forward James Neal is not expected to play because of an undisclosed injury he sustained in the second period of Game 1.

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Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba has been suspended for two games by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller.

The incident occurred at 13:28 of the second period. Gryba was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct. Eller has been released from the hospital after being treated for a concussion and facial fractures sustained from the hit.

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San Jose Sharks winger Martin Havlat has been ruled out of Friday's Game 2 Western Conference quarterfinal against the Vancouver Canucks.

Havlat, 32, appeared to be injured on a spear from Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa midway through the first period of Game 1.

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The Nashville Predators have announced they signed last year's sixth-round draft pick, goalie Marek Mazanec, to a two-year entry-level contract.

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