Sidney Crosby leaves Game 3 after cross-check to head
PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby left Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal in the first period on Monday night after taking a Matt Niskanen cross-check to the head.
As Crosby went toward the goal, Alex Ovechkin knocked him off balance and then Niskanen checked him, sending him onto the ice. Crosby didn’t get up for several seconds before skating with trainers toward the locker room.
Sidney Crosby hurt after taking a Niskanen cross-check to the head pic.twitter.com/T8P3iGK1m8
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 1, 2017
Niskanen received a five-minute major for the hit and a game misconduct for cross-checking. Crosby hadn’t return by the end of the period and didn’t return at the start of the second.
The Penguins are back at home for the first time in the series with the Washington Capitals. They entered the game with a 2-0 lead.
Crosby missed parts of the 2011 and 2012 seasons because of concussion issues.
Another look at the Crosby injury. Ovechkin also got him with the stick up high & took out his leg just prior to the Niskanen hit pic.twitter.com/Z0TAbKJXyv
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 2, 2017