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Sidney Crosby takes puck to face, leaves “trail of blood” (Update: he’s back)

Mar 29, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

It’s obviously very early in the process, but Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby left the ice bloodied after taking a puck to the face.

Update: Arthur Staple reports that Crosby didn’t take very long to return and that his mouth took the “brunt” of the abuse. For the time being, it looks like Crosby and the Penguins dodged an injury bullet.

It looked scary at first, though, as you can see from these Tweets. First,’s Brian Compton captures the unsettling initial scene:

“Crosby hit in the face with a puck, leaves a trail of blood.”

Pittsburgh beat writer Josh Yohe provides an idea of how much blood was lost:

“Lengthy delay as Islanders ice girls have trouble removing Crosby’s blood from the ice.”

It all seems OK, though.

  1. bcisleman - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    He is back on the ice. Took a Dylan Reese clearing pass in the face. Hit his nose under his visor. Just unlucky, I guess, but apparently he’s OK.

    • nyr1 - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Waaaaaaa….why wasnt that a penalty, ref? Waaaaaaaa it should be 2 minutes for hurting me! Good job taking 0 pts in 2 games against the isles!

  2. Stiller43 - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    How lucky that ice is to have dna that great grace its presence.

    • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      What a stupid comment

  3. ravenscaps48 - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM


    • bobhpine - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

      Keep hating bud. You deserve Billy Cundiff and that awesome ninth seeded team.

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:50 AM


  4. bostonhasrealhockey - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Man the kid cant catch a break

    • AlohaMrHand - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      No but he sure caught a puck

  5. stakex - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM


    The good news for Crosby is that it hit him lower in the face (aroudn the mouth), which really takes away any chance of a concussion. Its when you take a puck around the eyes, or the forehead that its a possible concussion issue.

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      Don’t Box much huh?
      And mouth pieces help limit concussions

  6. GenoPringles - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    What bad luck, I hope that won’t leave any scars on that pretty face. What a warrior he is to get right back on the ice. This guy manages to lead by example even after taking a puck to the face. That right there shows why he should be captain of the entire NHL. Time to stich on the second C on #87.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      ….because nobody else has ever taken a puck in the face and returned to that game, right?

      • subliminalnoize - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM

        Eric Belanger ring a bell??

  7. subliminalnoize - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    That’s not the first hard object that he’s taken to the face.

  8. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    What a pansy Crosbaby is

  9. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    The Islanders? Again?

  10. GenoPringles - Mar 30, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    If Soupcan was a boxer he would be a hybrid mix of part Tyson and part Ali. There is nothing this kid can’t do. He probably lifts weights with his face so when things like this happen he can recover at a wolverine like speed

  11. biffnasty - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Why is this important? Players get hit in the face with pucks routinely. Sad that Crosby has lost his skill set and is one more concussion away from ending his career. The reason he got his first concussion was from all the diving he has done in his career. Easily pussiest player in the NHL. Ready for his career ending dive , sooner the better

  12. chefklm - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    The puck aint the only thing Sissy Crosby took in his grill last night.

    Know what I’m sayin’……

  13. cfab44 - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    sindy takes black things to the face on the reg

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