Penguins' Crosby to miss Game 4 with concussion

He was taken out of the game by a cross check to the head from ex-Penguin Matt Niskanen.

Head coach Mike Sullivan says Crosby is in the league concussion protocol following a hit he sustained during Game 3 from Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. "We will evaluate him from there".

Bobrovsky led the National Hockey League in both goals against (2.06) and save percentage (.931) as the Blue Jackets enjoyed the best season in franchise history.

Crosby entered the game tied for second in scoring for Pittsburgh with 11 points, including two goals in Pittsburgh's Game 1 victory over Washington. He was part of a two-on-one break and took a hit from Alex Ovechkin's stick to the top of the head in front of the Washington net.

Niskanen, who played with Crosby for four years in Pittsburgh before signing with Washington in 2014, turned toward Crosby. As Crosby was falling to the ice, Niskanen hit him in the head.

Crosby lay on the ice for several moments before slowly getting up and skating off, mostly on his own power.

"We came here to win two games", Shattenkirk said.

The Penguins opted against trying to litigate the fallout, focusing instead on Crosby's well-being.




Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves. "It doesn't change anything".

I've said it before and I will say it again.

"I hope he's OK". Crosby did not return to game action. The game remained 1-0 until Washington pulled ahead 2-0 in the second period. "We did that late in the game when we carried the play", Kunitz said. We're in the vague "no update" era of hockey injury coverage now, which means all kinds of scenarios will be floated and debated, no matter how improbable.

The stakes, however, are high.

Pittsburgh leads the best-of-seven conference semifinal 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday night. The Capitals insist they'll be ready.

"That's what you have to do in the playoffs", Capitals forward T.J. Oshie said.

Trotz continued: "That's why we have a player safety [department]". Donovan, a defender headed for Princeton; Barger, a midfielder going to Johns Hopkins; and Robbins, a defender headed for Maryland join five other local girls named in the first two waves announced last month - McDonogh's Andie Aldave and Catie May, St. Mary's Shelby Harrison, Liberty's Grace Griffin and Centennial's Laurie Bracey.

Winger Conor Sheary, who was Crosby's linemate for much of the season, also left the game. Therefore, the five-minute major and game misconduct was deemed enough, and there should be no further punishment or rehashing of the matter.

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