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Sidney Crosby was sitting in the players' lounge at Consol Energy Center following another Penguins win without him late last season. While he suffered with post-concussion syndrome, the team had adapted to life minus its captain on its way to a 106-point regular season.
After the game, Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma joked with Crosby ...
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