Video: Sidney Crosby crashes head-first into the boards

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One week after suffering a concussion on a cross check to the face, Sidney Crosby went crashing head first into the end boards late in the opening period of Game 6.

The incident occurred as Crosby was chasing down a loose puck near the Capitals net. He came into contact with Braden Holtby‘s left pad, causing Crosby to crash heavily into the boards with two other players.

He was very slow getting back up, but he did stay on the ice for the remainder of the shift.

Prior to that, Crosby took an inadvertent stick to the face behind the net and was slow off the ice. He did get repairs at the bench and remained in the game.

Crosby suffered his latest concussion early in Game 3 of this series. He missed Game 4 entirely, but returned for Game 5 after coach Mike Sullivan announced his star player had passed the baseline concussion test.

Per PHT’s Adam Gretz, Crosby has come back out for the second period.

Sidney Crosby returns to Penguins lineup for Game 5

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will get a huge boost to their lineup, as they look to eliminate the Washington Capitals in Game 5 at Verizon Center.

Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary missed Game 4 due to concussions but it has been announced that both forwards will be in the lineup for the Penguins in Saturday’s contest, having passed baseline tests prior to this game.

Despite missing Crosby and Sheary in Game 4, the Penguins had a great start, got some luck in the second period and then held on to defeat the Capitals, sending this series back to Washington with a 3-1 lead and a chance to once again knock out the Presidents’ Trophy winners in the second round.

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Here’s a look at the Penguins’ forward combinations during the pre-game skate.

Prior to his injury early in Game 3, Crosby had been having a terrific post-season. He had been particularly strong with four points through the opening two games of this series.

Video: Sidney Crosby hurt, Matt Niskanen ejected after hit to head

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It’s difficult to ignore Sidney Crosby‘s concussion history after he was shaken up early in Game 3 of Monday’s Capitals – Penguins game.

Matt Niskanen received a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking Crosby, with some wondering if the major was excessive. Crosby was taken down as he went to the net, falling awkwardly into Niskanen’s check attempt. Crosby was down on the ice for a considerable span of time before being helped off without the need for a stretcher.

The maliciousness of the hit is up to debate.

Some will note that there was some nastiness between Crosby and Niskanen toward the end of Game 2. Others will understandably argue that it appeared largely accidental.

Game 3 continued to be a little nasty, as Tom Wilson went after Evgeni Malkin during Pittsburgh’s power play. Malkin closed his hand on the puck and was the only player assessed a penalty during that exchange, so Pittsburgh’s would-be five-minute advantage ended up being abbreviated.

We’ll see if things settle down and we’ll also eventually find out more about Crosby’s status, even if it’s just for tonight’s contest.

Again, Crosby looked quite dazed, so there’s a chance he might be done for Game 3. There’s also concern that it might be a lower-body injury rather than something related to his head.

As you can see in the video below, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones believe that the ejection/major penalty was the right call.

Columbus newspaper cancels plans to hand out ‘crying’ Sidney Crosby masks

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The series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets series was always expected to be an intense one on the ice, and thanks to the reckless actions of Matt Calvert at the end of Game 2 on Friday night it may have started to head in that direction.

What was a little unexpected though was the Columbus Dispatch planning on printing a “Crying Sid The Kid” mask in Sunday’s edition of the paper for fans to wear to Game 3 when the series shifts to Nationwide Arena.

It was a promotion that was not well received.

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On Saturday, the Dispatch has scrapped plans to distribute the masks.

Said editor Alan Miller (via the Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline): “We heard the response and we are not going to print it. We appreciate the input from hockey fans.”

It should have been a sign that the promotion was never going to make it when the original Tweet announcing it was deleted within hours of going live (the Internet never forgets).

While Miller references the response and input from hockey fans being a driving force in the cancellation of the promotion, it also seems possible (if not likely) that somebody from Blue Jackets management picked up the phone and urged the paper to reconsider. After all, that is probably not the look the Blue Jackets want when they are facing a 2-0 series deficit and just watched Crosby put three points on the board on Friday night.

Olli Maatta returns to Penguins lineup vs. Rangers, Sidney Crosby sits out

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Olli Maatta hasn’t played an NHL game in almost two months, but that will change today against the New York Rangers.

Out since the middle of February following hand surgery, Maatta will return to the Penguins lineup for the regular season finale, which is good news for the defending champions after the developments from earlier this week when they learned that their top blue liner Kris Letang is gone four-to-six months after neck surgery.

The Penguins and Rangers are both off to the playoffs. Today’s result has no impact at all in the standings. Pittsburgh is locked into second in the Metropolitan Division, while New York will finish as the first wild card team.

Given all the injuries they’ve dealt with this season, it’s hardly a surprise that the Penguins are also sitting Sidney Crosby, the league’s leading goal scorer with 44 — four better than Auston Matthews and Nikita Kucherov for the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.