Penguins' Crosby had broken foot last month
By Karen Price
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Penguins center Sidney Crosby played the last month of the regular season and the playoffs with a broken bone in his left foot.
Crosby, 19, said on Saturday that he won't need surgery, but he will have to skip representing Canada in the upcoming World Championship tournament in Moscow because of the injury.
"To play for Team Canada, especially with him part of it, in Moscow, a place I've always wanted to play, is tough," Crosby said of having to miss the tournament.
Teammates Jordan Staal (Canada), Evgeni Malkin (Russia), Sergei Gonchar (Russia), Ronald Petrovicky (Slovakia) and Jarkko Ruutu (Finland) will be taking part in the tournament. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said he might play for Canada, but as of today wasn't positive.
Today was locker clean-out and exit interview day for the Penguins players, who were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.
Crosby suffered the injury while blocking a shot.
He said the pain in his foot wasn't too bad beyond the first two weeks.
"It got a little bit better after that," he said. "By the playoffs it was sore, but it wasn't grueling or anything like that."
Crosby said the injury did not affect his performance.
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