Sidney Crosby has a concussion and will miss at least one game, according to his coach.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' star forward suffered the injury during Monday night's Game 3 against the Washington Capitals. Defenseman Matt Niskanen hit Crosby in the head and was given a 5-minute major penalty and a 10-minute game misconduct.
According to reports, the NHL Department of Player Safety will not issue any more discipline for Niskanen.
Crosby was noticeably in pain as he left the ice Monday night. He did not return to the game.
Coach Sullivan: "Sid has been diagnosed with a concussion. He will be out for tomorrow's game. We will evaluate him from there." pic.twitter.com/9Gwph8UDPb— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 2, 2017
Crosby has had concussion issues in the past. He missed the beginning of this regular season in October due to a concussion, but his issues date back to 2012 and 2011 when he missed significant time due to head and neck issues.
It's more than a big blow for his team now. The Penguins captain has been nothing short of magnificent in the playoffs this year with 4 goals and 7 assists in 8 games.
Sullivan also said forward Conor Sheary, who was hit by his own teammate Patrik Hornqvist during Game 3, also suffered a concussion.
Coach Sullivan: "Conor Sheary has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be going through the process as well."— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 2, 2017
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