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Maybe it was David Krejci who put Sidney Crosby on the shelf

Dec 8, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

Sidney Crosby, David Krejci AP

We know that Sidney Crosby is going to be out of action for the Penguins’ next two games, but what was the hit that got Crosby back on the Pens’ watch list? Seems that his collision with teammate Chris Kunitz is the one that everyone has paid attention to, but Mike Colligan of The Hockey Writers found another one that might’ve done the trick.

Colligan points out a battle near the Pittsburgh bench early in the game between Crosby and David Krejci that saw Krejci innocently play the puck and spin to pass it, accidentally catching Crosby right in the face with his elbow.

There’s no ill intent, no purpose to hurt anyone, it was just a hockey play. Not one of those Colin Campbell hockey plays where a guy misses months of action, just your regular run-of-the-mill turn and fire with the puck. Colligan notes that Crosby went right after Krejci later in the period to voice his displeasure.

Here’s video of the play in question.

Crosby stayed in the game after this and later ran into Kunitz making the whole game a bit of a mess for Pittsburgh. With how much the Penguins have riding on Crosby’s health and the nervousness about seeing him sustain another head injury, holding him out of action this weekend makes sense.

Could something as innocuous as this be the sort of thing that undoes all the months of rehab though? Let’s hope not.

  1. hague507 - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Not bashing Crosby but how is he going to keep playing if everytime he gets a head shot he’s going to miss games. I think the guy is the best captain in the league (coming from a Caps fan) but the guy should seriously start considering retirement for the future of his health.

    • abrienza428 - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM

      We don’t even know if that’s what it is. My guess is Crosby flat out told the doctor he didn’t feel right, because he’s smart and wanted to be cautious with his health. And because I’m sure he’s required to check in often. The Penguins obviously respect that and said stay home during the 2 game trip. That probably wasn’t Crosby’s call. It’s smart at this point; he’s only been back 2 weeks.

      It’s a guessing game from there, though. Calls for retirement are much too early until we know what happened.

    • icedtearex - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:52 AM

      I think he is done .He will try to come back one or two more times like Lafontaine,but Sid is done. Take a look at his face on the two hits.The guy is suffering some real brain pain very similar to when he took the original two hits that first put him out.The NHL is a joke because this headshot thing goes way back to Chelios putting Propps head into the glass with nothing being done. Its a lot easier to hit like Chelios than Eddie Shore especially when your elbow pads and shoulder pads these days could be used as protection in Afghanistan.

  2. polegojim - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    I don’t want to see Sid hurt or retire early. He’s good for the game and a great player. Just keep it human

  3. jpelle82 - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    he passed his impact tests, and i believe them when they say its maintenance time off. i dont hink they want him playing 2 division rivals if he is shaky and they dont really need him. pens were fine without him this year anyway. pens fans should be more worried about when letang or michalek are coming back

  4. 8man - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    The NHL and Versus made such a spectacle in regards to his return, it’s no wonder that opposing players may have a little something extra for him. I’m sure it wasn’t lost on the Bruins or the Habs that they got “flexed” out of a national game so he could be glorified in a rout against the AHL Islanders.

    Hockey players, in general, are the nicest pro athletes you’d want to meet. But they have pride too, and I’m sure most of ‘em all think to themselves, “He’s not better than me or us. Let’s see how well he plays if he draws the type of “attention” that the rank and file get when they handle the puck.”

    It may well be an accumulation of hits and punishment and not any one collision that is causing his difficulties.

    I don’t know any of this for sure…but just sayin….

    • abrienza428 - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:17 PM

      Really? I don’t think the Bruins or Habs players care they weren’t on national television that night.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:53 PM

        That’s not the point. It’s the fact that the NHL continues to try to make Sidney the ‘face of the NHL.’ You think players on different teams like that? Players will make more runs at him. I mean, he got more coverage for not playing then most players did while they were playing haha. You have to realize that the Crosby fandom stops at Pittsburgh and the NHL HQs in NYC.

  5. xxshookonexx - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    I’m Marc Savard……and I approve this message

  6. cakrywyj - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    If THAT’S the kind of hit that will give him headaches and keep him out of games, he’s going to have a rough rest of a career. I’m a flyers fan and it’s obvious he’s great for the NHL and the Pens/ Flyers rivalry, but I feel like this is a Lindros situation all over again.

  7. pastabelly - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    If it were in Montreal, there would be an arrest warrant out for that “goon” David Krejci. :)

  8. danphipps01 - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Guys, you’re overrating this. He passed the ImPACT test. He just has a minor headache. If anything, it’s a bit of healthy paranoia. This “one and done” doomsaying is getting silly.

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