Crosby leaves Game 3 af­ter hit to head

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

Pitts­burgh Pen­guins cap­tain Sid­ney Crosby left Game 3 of his team’s play­off se­ries against Washington Mon­day af­ter tak­ing a hit to the head from Cap­i­tals de­fence­man Matt Niska­nen.

The Pen­guins were in Washington’s end of the ice when Niska­nen cross­checked Crosby across the face with his stick. Crosby was skat­ing by Washington goal­tender Braden Holtby when he turned and faced Niska­nen.

Niska­nen raised his stick and hit Crosby flush. Crosby was on the ice in ob­vi­ous pain for sev­eral min­utes be­fore ex­it­ing slowly un­der his own power.

Re­sults from last night’s game were un­avail­able at press time.

AP PHOTO

Pitts­burgh Pen­guins’ Sid­ney Crosby is helped off the ice af­ter be­ing in­jured dur­ing the first pe­riod of Mon­day night’s Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal game against the Washington Cap­i­tals.

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