Penguins star Sidney Crosby has concussion, out for Game 4

In 2017, Crosby led the league in goals (44) and finished second in points (89) during the regular season and was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the NHL.

Pittsburgh forward Conor Sheary is also dealing with a concussion after colliding with teammate Patric Hornqvist in the second period Monday night. He was starting to fall toward the ice when the charging Niskanen pummeled him with his stick.

Niskanen said afterward that the Ovechkin hit put Crosby in a place where Niskanen inadvertently caught him in the head and declined that he was doing anything on objective.

The defending Stanley Cup champions lead the series 2-1, an advantage they built thanks in large part to Crosby. "I thought all of that was kind of out of this league, but I guess not". Crosby has a history of concussions and has missed significant time over his career because of them. He told reporters "I'd rather not share my opinion" when asked about Niskanen's hit and whether it should draw a suspension from the National Hockey League.

As Crosby fell to his right, a charging Niskanen raised his stick to brace for impact and was assessed a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for his cross-check.

So it was six minutes into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Washington Capitals Monday night at the PPG Paints Arena, the moment when the Stanley Cup Playoffs changed utterly at the end of one terrible shift.

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Crosby has four goals and seven assists through eight games this postseason.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not play in Game 4 against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday because of a concussion he suffered in the third game of the series, coach Mike Sullivan said on Tuesday. Barry Trotz's decision to play Karl Alzner as a seventh defenseman wound up being a huge decision because of this. But Crosby's concussion leaves them without the centrepiece of their offence as the Capitals look to even the series.

"It was an unfortunate play".

What do you do now with Matt Niskanen? They haven't lost a step with the loss of No. 1 goaltender Matt Murray, thanks to the play of Marc-Andre Fleury. On a personal level I'm upset that it's Crosby, specifically, who is injured again (any big star would draw a similar reaction, but there is no bigger star, and certainly none with a track record to make you fear how long-term this could be).

Here's hoping Sidney's healthy enough for Game 4.

The series might have turned when No. 87 went down early on Monday night.

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