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Sidney Crosby not symptom-free from his concussion yet, no timetable for return

Jan 12, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby

Pittsburgh has had a bit of a hard time of late without captain Sidney Crosby in the lineup. The Penguins are 0-2-1 in the three games he’s missed since sitting down with a concussion and while the Pens play tonight in Montreal, Crosby continues to stay at home and off the ice.

Crosby is still suffering from symptoms of his concussion suffered at the hands of Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman and worse yet for the Pens, there’s no timetable on when Crosby will be back on the ice.

“I believe he’s getting tested again this week, and he’s getting better,” Bylsma told reporters at the Bell Centre in advance of Wednesday night’s match-up against the Montreal Canadiens. “But we’re not going to progress forward until the symptoms subside.”

Being without their best player is making life tougher for the Penguins. The offense doesn’t seem to click the same way and the Pens have altered their style of play a bit getting tougher and grinding things up a bit more. So far, it hasn’t resulted in a win for the Penguins. Expecting any team to be the same when a player of Crosby’s caliber is out is asking a lot, even if it they’re still very talented Pens.

With Crosby out, the pressure has shifted to Evgeni Malkin to be the focus of the offensive attack. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Malkin is slumping a bit with just two goals and an assist in his last eight games and just one assist in those games that Crosby has missed. To win both he and recently returned Jordan Staal will have to be better. With Crosby not sure of when he’ll be able to come back, the pressure is definitely on to produce and keep the Penguins on pace with the Flyers in the Eastern Conference.

  1. lonespeed - Jan 13, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Once doctors have observed him crying like a baby, cursing for substandard care and generally whining about anything / everything, they will clear him as symptom free and acting normal.

  2. 66circleoption - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Yerdon, you got it wrong. You should have started your second paragraph should start:

    “Crosby is still suffering from symptoms of his concussion suffered at the hands of Washington’s David Steckel and later aggravated by Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman…”

  3. silverdeer - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Being a Wings fan, I have a very strong dislike for Cindy. However, I would really hate to see him run into the same type of situation that Ericsson did last year where he wound up missing most of the season because the symptoms just wouldn’t go away. Even worse would be if he winds up like Lindros. Having those symptoms are not fun. Been there, done that and don’t want it again.

  4. 66circleoption - Jan 13, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    I’m sure Red Wings fans & players can identify, especially after there was no penalty called on DAL’s Fistric, who concussed Franzen with an elbow to Franzen’s head. Franzen seems to be doing well despite getting concussions in 2006, 2008 and now 2010; hopefully, Sidney bounces back as well.

    And by the way, Sidney isn’t crying when complaining about these hits. Even Franzen had something to say about the no-call & no-punishment on Fistric when he got hit in the head; according to USA Today: Asked if Fistric should be suspended, Franzen said, “Well, probably, yeah. That’s the rules, right? It’s an elbow to the head.”

    See: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/wings/2010-10-15-johan-franzen-hurt_N.htm

    And Colin Campbell apparently doesn’t need a zebra to impose a penalty in-game in order to impose post-game punishment. Here is a recent example (post-Fistric hit on Franzen) of “supplementary discipline” (fined but not suspended b/c offender doesn’t have a history) w/o an in-game penalty called: OTT’s Foligno was fined $2,500 (max under CBA) for an illegal check to the head on CAR’s Dwyer in game on October 14, 2010…but no penalty was assessed on the play. Campbell’s rationale for the fine was Rule 48.

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