National Hockey League

Crosby vows to lead Penguins in fight against social injustice, racism

Crosby did not have a shot on goal in 19:03 in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday in an exhibition game at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, the Eastern Conference hub city, playing after missing five of the final six scrimmage or practice sessions in Penguins training camp for undisclosed reasons.

He is expected to be in the lineup for Game 1 of a best-of-5 series against the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in Toronto on Saturday (8 p.m.

But what the Pittsburgh captain did in the game Tuesday wasn't as important as what the Penguins and Flyers did before it, standing side-by-side on each blue line during the playing of the Canada and United States national anthems.

The Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks stood together around the center-ice face-off circle at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the Western Conference hub city.

Before the final exhibition game, the Arizona Coyotes locked arms in the neutral zone, about 15 feet behind the arm-in-arm Vegas Golden Knights on the blue line.

After the game, Crosby said each team was aware of how the world had changed since the NHL season was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

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