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Penguins star Crosby, coach Sullivan leave COVID-19 protocol

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and head coach Mike Sullivan will rejoin the team on Sunday in Washington DC after breaking out of COVID-19 protocol.

Crosby and Dumoulin discussed the protocol on November 3. Sullivan joined them a day later as part of an outbreak that saw eight Penguins and their old coach missing out on time.

Acting head coach Todd Reirden said before Saturday’s game in Ottawa that he expects Sullivan to be back at work when the Penguins face the Capitals.

It is unclear if Crosby and Dumoulin will play, although the fact that they will rejoin the team at the end of a short two-game road trip indicates that they will have every opportunity to be available.

Pittsburgh should also have defender Chad Ruhwedel and Marcus Pettersson available. Both players, who exited COVID-19 protocol earlier this week and played in an overtime win at Florida on Thursday, were unable to join the Penguins in Ottawa due to Canada’s COVID-19 quarantine protocols.

The Penguins struggled through the first month of the season as they faced numerous high-profile player absences due to COVID-19. Attackers Jeff Carter and Jake Guentzel are among a group that spent the early weeks of the season in protocol.

Pittsburgh came in on Saturday with a 5-3-4 record and seventh place in the highly competitive Metropolitan Division.

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