Penguins' Crosby to miss Game Four with concussion
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[May 03, 2017]
By Frank Pingue
(Reuters) - Pittsburgh Penguins captain
Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion and will miss
Game Four of the second round playoff series versus the Washington
Capitals, the NHL team said on Tuesday.
The two-time league most valuable player left Monday's game after a
controversial cross-check to the head from Capitals defenseman Matt
Niskanen in the first period and did not return.
"Sid has been diagnosed with a concussion," Penguins coach Mike
Sullivan told reporters after Tuesday's practice. "He will be out
for tomorrow's game. We will evaluate him from there."
Crosby, who has a history of head injuries, was skating to the
Capitals' net when he was clipped on the arm and helmet by the stick
of Alex Ovechkin, and appeared to twist his knee as he lost his
balance just as he was hit in the head by Niskanen.
After the game Niskanen, who was ejected from the contest but will
not face further disciplinary action, said he was "absolutely not"
trying to injure Crosby, who earlier in the day was named a finalist
for the league's MVP award for a sixth time.
The injury to one of the game's best players could prove a massive
blow to the reigning Stanley Cup champion Penguins, who lost
Monday's game in overtime as the top-seeded Capitals cut
Pittsburgh's lead in the best-of-seven series to 2-1.
This marks at least the fourth concussion of Crosby's NHL career and
will likely revive the question of how long the 29-year-old Canadian
can continue to play.
Crosby's first concussion came in January 2011 and sidelined him
until November of the next season, missing 68 games in all. His
comeback lasted eight games as another hit kept him out for 40 games
until March 2012.
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) is helped off of the ice by Pens
trainer Chris Stewart (R) after Crosby suffered an apparent injury
against the Washington Capitals during the first period in game
three of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the
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The former first overall draft pick also missed the
opening six games of the current season after suffering his third
concussion in training camp. He still led the NHL's regular season
with 44 goals and was tied for second with 89 points.
Sullivan said Crosby, a two-time Stanley Cup winner who also has a
pair of Olympic gold medals and a slew of individual awards,
"He's very upbeat and positive," Sullivan said of Crosby, who had 11
points from eight playoff games this year. "We're very optimistic
and hopeful we'll have him back in a timely fashion."
Game Four is on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis)
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