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Sidney Crosby out a week with mild concussion

Jan 6, 2011, 11:53 PM EDT

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When news broke tonight that Sidney Crosby was a healthy scratch for tonight’s shootout loss to Montreal with an upper body injury, many fans eyebrows raised up wondering what happened. The Penguins stressed that the injury happened during last night’s game against Tampa Bay and tonight after the Pens loss to Montreal head coach Dan Bylsma gave the update on what’s going on with Crosby. As it turns out, Crosby suffered a concussion after being boarded by Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman.

Bylsma made sure to stress that the injury occurred against Tampa Bay and not against the Capitals at the Winter Classic when David Steckel collided with Crosby towards the end of the second period. Bylsma made it abundantly clear that they would not have played Crosby last night if he was having issues from the hit against Washington.

Asked again after the game, Bylsma said Crosby’s presence in the lineup Wednesday was proof he didn’t get a concussion on New Year’s Day.

“We wouldn’t have thought he was OK to play,” he said. “He certainly saw doctors.”

Of course, that won’t stop fans from asking aloud whether or not they thought Crosby was OK after the hit by Steckel. Last night’s final episode of 24/7 certainly made it look like Crosby had his bell rung after the hit as his stunned look seemed to indicate to all of us armchair neurologists that he had suffered a bit more damage than was let on. Any speculation of that sort is amateur at best and reckless at the worst.

If the Penguins are going to be without Crosby for any amount of time, it’ll make generating offense that much more difficult for the Penguins. They’ve just gotten Jordan Staal back from injury and Evgeni Malkin appeared to be finding his game after dealing with a knee injury earlier in the year. Losing Crosby for any amount of time means taking out the best offensive generator in the NHL out of their lineup. Making up for the sort of production that Crosby produces will be nearly impossible.

With the issue being a concussion, that brings about an entirely different set of thoughts, most of which surround the possibility of having those problems becoming easier to repeat themselves later on in his career. The Pens taking this much precaution with him makes every bit of sense in the world, but if there was any possibility that Crosby was injured after the Winter Classic game, the Pens trainers and doctors are going to have a lot of questions to answer.

  1. stakex - Jan 7, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    You know I saw both hits, and Crosbys reaction after both… and I find it really hard to believe the injury came from the Tampa game. Of course huge hits don’t always cause injury and small hits sometimes are the worst so who knows.

    Im going to guess that Crosby said he was fine after the Washington game and the team just took his word for it… and after the Tampa game he came clean. Just my guess though.

  2. rasheeeeeed - Jan 7, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    Great! Hope this dirty bass turd ends up like Eric Lindros from here on out. It’s bad enough that his crybaby @#$ made the Winter Classic so unwatchable.

  3. iluvwikileaks - Jan 7, 2011 at 5:28 AM

    Hey, rasheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed? (retard) I hope you get killed in an automobile accident tonight:)

  4. equalizer65 - Jan 7, 2011 at 5:52 AM

    He says in the 24/7 that he is “borderline crazy” little does he know he is a malignant narcissist and his crazy is hardly borderline at all. It makes me sick the way he smiles for the camera and plays the “nice boy” act. It really makes me sick! I hope the rest of his year is miserable as it has started for him.

  5. iluvwikileaks - Jan 7, 2011 at 6:28 AM

    You’re just pissed because Sid is the greatest hockey player in the world. So, go eff yourself, tool.

  6. clusterpuck - Jan 7, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Yeah like you clowns wouldn’t take Crosby on your team. The Classic was the most watched regular season hockey game in 36 years by the way. Thanks solely to him and Ovechkin. The NHL would be in the toilet without him.

    NHL better step and do something about these headshots because you know guys are gonna be gunning for his head even more now trying to knock him out even longer.

  7. zeespyder - Jan 7, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Maybe they’ll knock Mario’s cawk out of his mouth? Or is it the other way around, hmmmm

  8. lonespeed - Jan 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Honestly, I couldn’t tell if it was raining in the winter classic or Crosby was just crying.

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