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

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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.

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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

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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?

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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 CSNChicago.com 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?

Report: Sidney Crosby will undergo wrist surgery

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Sidney Crosby took heat for his performance in the playoffs, but as it turns out he was playing with a “terrible wrist” and will undergo surgery in a matter of days as a result, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s source.

The source said that the surgery Crosby needs isn’t major, but that he could not “play the same way” due to his injury. Although the exact timetable for his recovery isn’t known, he’s not expected to miss any playing time as a result.

Crosby only scored one goal in 13 playoff games, although he was able to record eight assists. The Penguins lost to the New York Rangers in the second round and their latest disappointing showing in the playoffs led to the dismissal of head coach Dan Bylsma and GM Ray Shero.

After the Penguins’ shakeup, Crosby spoke about the need for Pittsburgh to elevate its game in the playoffs.

“Me personally, I’m not taking myself out of that mix either, going pointless against Boston (in the 2013 conference finals) and not really doing a whole lot in the New York series, it’s not easy to deal with that in the off-season,” Crosby said in June. “You don’t like having memories like that.”

The Post-Gazette wasn’t able to reach Crosby for comment on this story, but he has previously stated that he wasn’t playing through an injury in the postseason.