Penguins center Sidney Crosby will sit out the NHL All-Star Game Sunday in Montreal because of an injured left knee.
He will be replaced in the Eastern Conference lineup by Tampa Bay winger Martin St. Louis.
Crosby hurt his knee Jan. 14 against Washington and missed the Penguins' 3-1 victory against Anaheim two nights later. He returned for their final two games before the all-star break, including a 2-1 loss to Carolina Tuesday, but accepted the recommendation of Dr. Charles Burke, the team doctor, that he refrain from skating until next week.
Crosby's status for the Penguins' first game after the break, Wednesday against the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena, won't be determined until after the team resumes practicing Monday.
This is the second time in three years Crosby will miss the all-star game because of an injury; last season, the problem was a high ankle sprain.
Although Crosby won't play in the all-star game, his representatives, along with officials of the team and league, are trying to figure out a way to have him involved in the weekend's festivities.
"We're trying to work that out," general manager Ray Shero said. "He'd certainly like to be part of it."