Pens’ Sidney Crosby (lower body) to miss the All-Star Game


Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will miss this weekend’s All-Star Game due to a lower body injury the club announced Thursday.

According to the the Penguins, Crosby has been playing with the injury and will require a week to heal.

As a result of missing the All-Star Game, Crosby will be forced to miss the Penguins’ game Jan. 27 against the Winnipeg Jets. The game is Sidney Crosby bobblehead night in Pittsburgh.

Crosby becomes the second Penguin to bow out of this weekend’s festivities.

Evgeni Malkin will not participate due to a lower body injury and has been replaced by Nashville Predators rookie Filip Forsberg.

Related: Bobrovsky will miss All-Star Game, replaced by Elliott

Not saying Sidney Crosby has the mumps, but it sure looks like Sidney Crosby has the mumps


Sidney Crosby is “feeling a bit better” and “happy to be back” after missing practice yesterday due to an unspecified illness.

But, uh, not sure how to put this, but does the right side of Sid’s face look a little mumps-ish to you?

Crosby says he expects to play tonight when his Pittsburgh Penguins host Calgary. Though we’re thinking he should probably have his own water bottle, just to be safe.

What with the “rampant” mumps outbreak and all.


Video: Islanders’ Martin hits Sidney Crosby, fights Bortuzzo

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There have been plenty of goals scored between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins through two periods on Friday. Some emotion, too, between the top two teams in the Metropolitan Division.

Through 40 minutes, Islanders’ forward Matt Martin was an assist short of the Gordie Howe hat trick, after he scored in the first period and fought Robert Bortuzzo in the second. The scrap occurred seconds after Martin caught Pittsburgh’s star Sidney Crosby with a hit that appeared perfectly clean along the side boards. Bortuzzo took exception and challenged Martin to a fight.

Now, as the two come together away from the boards, it almost appeared that Bortuzzo attempted a headbutt on Martin (at :24 of the video). Both players were assessed major penalties for fighting, and there were no other penalties handed out.

Video: Here’s Sidney Crosby pouring cold water on himself

Crosby ice bucket

Since that looked really cold, here’s a link if you want to donate to the ALS Association (United States) or ALS Canada. For more on the “ice bucket challenge” craze, click here.

PS — Sid’s wrist looked pretty good on the bucket lift.

Poll: Who ya got — Sidney Crosby or Jonathan Toews?

Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby

When it comes to premier centers in the NHL the two names you’ll hear come up the most are Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews. Crosby is the dynamic scorer and set-up man and Toews provides his own offensive punch and has Selke Trophy defensive skills to go along with it.

So if you were starting a team, who would you want to be your choice? That was a question raised by ESPN Insider’s Craig Custance (subscription) to a group of NHL executives, coaches and players and their top pick was Toews.

As our friends at took care to note, having him come out ahead of Crosby was somewhat of a bragging point for Toews fans. For what it’s worth, Toews said he’s honored to be even mentioned in the same breath as Crosby.

So PHT readers… Who ya got: Captain Serious or Sid The Kid?