National Hockey League

Penguins must 'find some desperation and some urgency,' Crosby says

He returned in a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 30 but was sidelined the following five games after entering NHL COVID-19 protocol Nov. 3.

Crosby's situation hasn't been abnormal for Pittsburgh, which was trying to win for the first time with him in the lineup against the Buffalo Sabres at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday (ATTSN-PT, MSG-B, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

Forwards Jake Guentzel, Jeff Carter and Zach Aston-Reese; defensemen Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin, Marcus Pettersson and Chad Ruhwedel; and coach Mike Sullivan have come back from COVID-19 protocol.

Center Evgeni Malkin , who is expected to be out until at least December after having knee surgery June 4, is the lone unavailable player.

After a 3-0-2 start, Pittsburgh was outscored 35-18, including 10-3 in two games with Crosby, during a 2-5-2 stretch.

"I'd prefer to be talking about hockey, nice plays and great goals, and wins," Crosby said.

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