A month after Penguins captain Sidney Crosby decided not to undergo surgery on his injured right wrist, the reigning NHL MVP says that his injury is responding well to offseason treatment.
"It's good," Crosby told the Associated Press. "You want to see how things progress throughout the summer once you start skating and get back to that regular routine. You want to see how it reacts so I'm happy with the way it's gone."
Crosby led the NHL with 104 points last season, but managed just one goal in 13 playoff games. His agent Pat Brisson told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette last month that Crosby suffered an injury in the "wrist/hand area" sometime in March. The Penguins fell in seven games in their second-round series against the Rangers, blowing a 3-1 series lead in the process.
Crosby and the Penguins explored the possibility of surgery in July, but decided instead to go with a series on injections as part of a treatment program.
Penguins management said last month that they expected Crosby to be fully recovered for the start of training camp in mid-September, and the 27-year-old echoed those sentiments on Friday in South Florida.
Crosby is in Florida for a training program with Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche, John Tavares and Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders and David Clarkson of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The program, which Crosby compared to "hockey school," is run by trainer Darryl Belfry.
The Capitals have lost eight straight games (all in regulation) against Pittsburgh when Crosby is in their lineup. Crosby has 4 goals and 15 points over those eight games.
Washington's last win against the Penguins (with Crosby in the lineup) coming on Jan.1, 2011 at the Bridgestone Winter Classic from Heinz Field. The Capitals also beat the Penguins on Jan.11, 2012, but Crosby missed the game with an injury.