Penguins captain Crosby doubtful for playoff after hit in head

January 1, 2011 - Crosby is hit hard in the head by Washington's David Steckel during the Winter Classic, and is hit again in Pittsburgh's next game by Tampa Bay defenceman Victor Hedman.

"I'd rather not share my opinion on it", Sullivan said of the play that injured Crosby, who has a history of concussion complications.

"He's very positive and we're very optimistic and we're hopeful that we'll get him back in a timely fashion", Sullivan said.

He had a decent postseason as well, with one goal and three assists in six games.

The Capitals trail the Penguins 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Neither Crosby or Sheary returned to the game.

The NHL has a culture where you need to cross-check someone multiple times before you get a penalty.

As he was leaning back and possibly about to fall to the ice, Niskanen met him with a cross-check to the face. He got absolutely wrecked during a National Hockey League playoff game on May 1 and after struggling to get back up, the Pittsburgh Penguin captain left the game to get medical help.

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At this point, the Washington Capitals could have quit. "After a lot of prayer and thought, I'm excited to announce my commitment to Oregon State University!" While they almost blew it in the end, Kevin Shattenkirk scored in overtime to ensure them a 3-2 win.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz called it a "hockey play". "I'm not saying (former Rangers coach) Roger Neilson told Graves to go after me, but he told his players to go after me". But sometimes it's OK to throw your hands up and say shit's complex, I'm glad it isn't my job to make this decision. It happened in a brief flash, sure, but Penguins forward Chris Kunitz saw that stretch of play as evidence that the team can still be unsafe minus their star.

"He will go through the protocols that we always put our guys through when they've been diagnosed with a concussion", Sullivan said. Pittsburgh is getting odds of-125 to win, while the Capitals are getting a money line of +105 to prevail.

"We saw him laying there, and obviously it was tough to see", teammate Justin Schultz said.

The injury-plagued Penguins were already without top defenseman Kris Letang and starting goalie Matt Murray before the series.

The teams that finished the regular season atop the league standings played at times as if they were more intent on settling scores than trying to score.

The Penguins lead the series 2-1. If Sidney's out of this series (or the rest of the playoffs!) then it could spell doom for Pittsburgh chances.

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