Con­cus­sion spot­ter couldn’t pull Crosby for hit­ting boards

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY STEPHEN WHYNO

A week af­ter he was knocked out of play­off game with a con­cus­sion, Pitts­burgh star Sid­ney Crosby slid head­first into the boards dur­ing an­other tense game against the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals.

He did not come out of Game 6 on Mon­day night.

Deputy Com­mis­sioner Bill Daly told The As­so­ci­ated Press in an email Tues­day that the league’s cen­tral­ized con­cus­sion spot­ter de­cided the play did not meet con­cus­sion pro­to­col cri­te­ria that re­quire manda­tory re­moval from play.

The pro­to­col states a player must be re­moved if a spot­ter sees symp­toms in a player who takes a blow to his head or up­per torso from an­other player’s shoul­der, his head hit­ting the ice or from a punch to the head.

Crosby slid into the boards ex­actly one week af­ter he was knocked out of Game 3 by a blow the head from the Cap­i­tals’ Matt Niska­nen. He missed Game 4 with a con­cus­sion and re­turned for Game 5 on Satur­day.

On Tues­day af­ter prac­tice, Crosby said he was checked by a doc­tor Mon­day night but did not go into con­cus­sion pro­to­col.

“Any guy that goes into the boards like that, the first thing is the trainer and the doc­tors, that’s how it goes,” Crosby said. “What you’re talk­ing about is the dif­fer­ence be­tween check­ing with a doc­tor and en­ter­ing con­cus­sion pro­to­col, they’re two sep­a­rate things.”

Pen­guins coach Mike Sul­li­van said af­ter the 5-2 loss and again Tues­day that Crosby was not in the pro­to­col.

“If they go through the pro­to­col then I usu­ally get no­ti­fied by our med­i­cal staff, that’s the process,” Sul­li­van said. “That’s com­pletely out of our con­trol.”

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