Sidney Crosby was slow to get up after being involved in a collision with Carl Hagelin during the third period of Game 2, but the Pittsburgh Penguins captain remained in the game.
Is it enough to cause concern for Crosby, who has a history of concussions and missed 68 games after being on the receiving end of a similar hit in the 2011 Winter Classic?
Crosby had a big game for the Penguins, scoring twice to bust his personal playoff slump in their win over the Rangers on Saturday to even the series.
Afterward, Crosby said he was caught in the jaw but thought the collision might have been accidental, as per Tom Gulitti of The Record.
“I don’t know what hit me, if it was shoulder, stick, his head. It could have been anything,” said Crosby.
“Just two guys collided. That’s basically what it is,” he added.
Sidney Crosby had just one goal in 19 playoff games before Saturday’s clash between his Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers.
Then, within the span of 4:39 late in the second period, Crosby struck twice to give his team the lead in Game 2 of that first-round series, which the Penguins trail 1-0.
Pittsburgh was down a goal after the first period, but erupted with three in the middle period to take a 3-1 lead, despite being short-handed five different times in the game. Crosby had two of those goals on three shots through 40 minutes.
Sidney Crosby only has 71 points in 64 games.
He may not even win the scoring race.
What a disaster!
He should probably just retire.
OK, fine, maybe Jim Rutherford is right and we’re “nitpicking” a bit.
Maybe Crosby’s numbers are down (slightly) because he isn’t “cheating” defensively and he’s more committed to playing a two-way game.
And perhaps he’s a victim of an evolving NHL, where there’s “less room” to operate and fewer power plays than there were a few years ago.
That being said, it’s no secret the NHL is a young man’s game; a league in which players are considered “genetic freaks” if they’re able to remain dominant into their 30s. At 27 years old — and with around 700 games, regular season and playoffs combined, on the ol’ body odometer — Sid the Kid is well into middle age by hockey standards.
So…are his most prolific scoring years behind him?