Crosby leaves practice early

CANONSBURG, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has
left practice early because of a sore groin, but is listed as
probable for Wednesday night's home game against the New York

Crosby's groin bothered him a few minutes into the practice and
he decided to leave the ice Tuesday. Crosby did not speak with
reporters after practice.

Crosby, the 2006-07 NHL scoring champion, is second in scoring
with 79 points, eight points behind teammate Evgeni Malkin and two
points ahead of last year's champion, Alex Ovechkin of the
Washington Capitals.

Crosby had two goals and two assists as the Penguins beat the
Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, but settled for an assist -- and a
shoving match with Ovechkin -- during a 5-2 loss in Washington on