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Penguins star Crosby leaves game following hit to head

Sidney Crosby doesn't seem like a winker to me, and sure his knee and leg are fine, but let's ignore the fact that he just got his head rattled extremely hard.

Crosby, who was named a Hart Trophy finalist earlier in the day, has had a history of head injuries.

One frightening moment, however, will resonate above all others. Crosby needed to be helped off the ice to the Penguins' locker room for evaluation and did not return to the game. The Penguins cut the deficit to one goal with less than two minutes left and then tied the game 48 seconds later. They haven't lost a step with the loss of No. 1 goaltender Matt Murray, thanks to the play of Marc-Andre Fleury. Also Crosby has been Ovechkin's kryptonite over the years and I guess the only way to beat him is injure him? Fleury's save percentage (.933) far outstrips Holtby's (.877).

For the record, it was Kevin Shattenkirk who scored the game winning goal.

If the Penguins are to win without Crosby, they'll probably have to take a more direct approach in the offensive zone.

The net came loose during play, so the play was reviewed.

Kunitz, playing in his third game after missing nearly a month with a lower-body injury, made a significant impact Monday night.

Late hit. High hits.

After the game, Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan said there was no update on Crosby and the center would be evaluated later Monday night. Even this, the injury to their best player and captain. He was right. For a time.

First, Niskanen himself answered for the play and insisted that he was not trying to cross-check Crosby in the head. "There's not a lot of teams that can keep the wheels going missing their top player".




He had a goal and an assist to run his league-leading point total to 15 in eight games. He even won nine of the 15 faceoffs he took.

"I don't think it's a very nice hit", Chris Kunitz added.

"I've seen the replay".

It might just be the most devastating hit during the entire 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Oct., 10 2016 - Crosby is diagnosed with another concussion and misses the first six games of the 2016-17 season. "He's a leader in this group", said defenseman Olli Maatta. I think it was his and Crosby's combined momentums, rather than Niskanen driving through Crosby, that made the hit so violent, and it was Crosby's dropping to the ice that made it a headshot, not any sort of targeting. "We have guys out of the lineup that want to be in".

After winning the first two of the seven-game series at Home, Ottawa Senators are headed to NY for the Stanley cup Round 2, game 4 against Rangers tonight. Sidney Crosby, 29, pretty much got double-teamed during Game 3 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals.

But a Crosby-sized hole would be a lot to deal with this time of year, even if the Capitals have been spotty and almost collapsed in Game 3.

A QUOTE: "We're fine". "I thought he had some really good looks. That is what we did tonight". That game could have went either way. "I thought we picked up the emotion and intensity in the building". Niskanen could have hit him body-on-body (which is actually, you know, a hockey play).

"It was pretty strong by us that we kept going in overtime".

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