Penguins News: Sidney Crosby, 3 others activated from COVID protocol; Evan Rodrigues fined for trip

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Apr 25, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel (59) celebrates his game winning goal with center Sidney Crosby (87) and defenseman Kris Letang (58) against the Boston Bruins during the third period at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins shutout the Bruins 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins activated superstar captain Sidney Crosby from the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol ahead of Sunday’s game against the host Washington Capitals.

Defensemen Brian Dumoulin, Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel were also activated from the protocol for Pittsburgh, which assigned forward Drew O’Connor, defensemen Pierre-Olivier Joseph and Juuso Riikola and goaltender Louis Domingue to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.

Penguins’ Sidney Crosby is back

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Mar 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) before taking a face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Penguins 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Crosby, 34, has missed five games while in the NHL COVID-19 protocol. The three-time Stanley Cup winner contracted the virus after playing in the Penguins’ 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 30.

“We’ll have to see how everything goes, but he’ll be skating (Saturday) and we’ll take it day-by-day here,” assistant coach Todd Reirden said yesterday. Reirden has guided the ship with head coach Mike Sullivan also in COVID-19 protocol.

Crosby has had his way with Washington, recording 80 points (28 goals, 52 assists) in 60 career contests.

Dumoulin, 30, has one assist for his lone point in eight games this season.

Pettersson, 25, has four points (one goal, three assists) and a team-best plus-7 rating in nine games in 2021-22.

Ruhwedel, 31, has yet to record a point in nine games this season.

Evan Rodrigues fined

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evan Rodrigues has been fined $2,500 by the NHL for a dangerous trip on Ottawa Senators forward Zach Sanford.

The amount is the maximum allowable under the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

Rodrigues tripped Sanford during the third period of the Penguins’ 6-3 setback to the Senators on Saturday in Ottawa. He was not whistled for a penalty on the play.

Rodrigues, 28, collected two goals and one assist in the game. He has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 13 games this season.

–Field Level Media