Sidney Crosby leaves Game 3 after taking cross-check to head (Video)

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PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 01: <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/3737/" data-ylk="slk:Sidney Crosby">Sidney Crosby</a> #87 of the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/teams/pit/" data-ylk="slk:Pittsburgh Penguins">Pittsburgh Penguins</a> lies on the ice after taking a hit in the first period while playing the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/teams/was/" data-ylk="slk:Washington Capitals">Washington Capitals</a> in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on May 1, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 01: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins lies on the ice after taking a hit in the first period while playing the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on May 1, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen was ejected early in the first period of Game 3 after being given a major and game misconduct for a cross-check on Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

As Crosby was attempting a scoring chance right in front of Braden Holtby, he took Alex Ovechkin’s stick to the back of his head, then as he lost his balance and was lowering to the ice, Niskanen caught hit him in the side of the head.

The immediate thought is a possible concussion here, an issue that’s been well-documented over Crosby’s NHL career and caused him to miss the start of the regular season. Also, the way his left leg bends doesn’t look good either.

Crosby didn’t return to the game as the Capitals won 3-2 in overtime. Afterward, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan did not have an update.


“It was an unfortunate play. I certainly didn’t mean to injure him,” said Niskanen.

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