Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan out due to COVID-19 protocols

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May 18, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan (middle) reacts on the bench against the New York Islanders in game two of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan will miss Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers due to COVID-related protocols, the team announced.

The team didn’t reveal a timeline for how long Sullivan will be away from the club.

The announcement was made a couple hours before faceoff. Assistant coach Todd Reirden will run the team against the Flyers.

Penguins hit with COVID

The news regarding Sullivan comes one day after star captain Sidney Crosby and defenseman Brian Dumoulin tested positive for COVID-19.

The Penguins said Crosby has mild symptoms and Dumoulin is asymptomatic. Both players were placed in the protocol.

On Sunday, the organization announced that defensemen Marcus Pettersson (symptomatic) and Chad Ruhwedel (asymptomatic) entered the protocol. They remain out of action.

Pittsburgh has had eight players in the protocol since mid-September. The others were forwards Zach Aston-Reese, Jeff Carter and Jake Guentzel, and defenseman Kris Letang.

–Field Level Media