COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sidney Crosby knows groin injuries.
He's had enough of them over the years that he recognizes when one is significant enough that it shouldn't be ignored.
Like the one that forced him out of the Penguins' 5-2 exhibition loss to Columbus at Nationwide Arena tonight just 5 1/2 minutes into the first period.
And he knows when they're not so serious that they're likely to cause problems for an extended period.
Like, well, the one he got tonight.
Crosby said his groin had been bothering him for the past several days and continued to be tight during the pregame warmups. He took three shifts before removing himself from the game as a precaution.
"It was getting more sore," he said. "I thought that was kind of a red flag, to be careful."
Crosby said he will not skate today, but hopes to dress for the Penguins' exhibition finale in Detroit Sunday.
"Saturday, I'll try to get on the ice for however long, just test it out," he said. "I'd love to play Sunday. That's what I hope, but you really don't know with groins."
Dave Molinari can be reached at DWMolinari@Yahoo.com .