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Crosby Out Next Two Games

via the Pittsburgh Penguins website,

Sidney Crosby did not accompany the Pittsburgh Penguins on their road trip to Philadelphia today and will sit out the next two games as a precaution.

“Sidney took a hard hit during our game against Boston Monday night and wasn’t feeling 100 percent,” Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said. “He saw Dr. Micky Collins of UPMC today and took an ImPACT test, which showed no problems. However, we all think it’s best that he sits out the next two games as a precaution.”

added 6:19pm
, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“We’re being cautious and keeping in mind he was off for a long time,’’ Shero later told ESPN.com via text message before a flight Wednesday evening. “Take a step back here and see how he feels in a few days.’’

It may well be that Crosby will be just fine after his two-game absence and not ever look back again, but everyone involved dearly hopes it’s not a sign of things to come.

There’s no way of knowing, of course.


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Flashtastick56's avatar

This makes me nervous…

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 12/07/11 at 07:19 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Clarification please:

Were Mickey Collins of UPMC and the ImPACT test part of his concussion recovery?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/07/11 at 07:23 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

yes they were J.J. & this is I would say an abundance of Caution after what they allowed Sid to do Last season & allowed Letang to play just last week, He passed the ImPACT test so it looks to me like he is alright But is understandably concerned, Plus he just might be getting sick & that is he not feeling right feeling!

Who Knows though !!

Posted by Evilpens on 12/07/11 at 07:32 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Better he miss two games than two months.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/07/11 at 07:35 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Yeah I’m sure of that ! Probably a lot of concern now, But If he passed the ImPACT test he “Should” be fine

I’m sure they just want to make sure he doesn’t get Concussion like symptoms over the next few days

Posted by Evilpens on 12/07/11 at 07:39 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Indeed.  They have every reason to be cautious, good move by Pittsburgh.

Posted by Savage Henry on 12/07/11 at 07:41 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

It just…ugh…did Letang go to this guy too?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 12/07/11 at 07:54 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

So I didn’t read, or ignored (not sure yet…get back to you) EP’s post…

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 12/07/11 at 08:01 PM ET

MNWing's avatar

Eric. Lindros. Junior.

Posted by MNWing on 12/07/11 at 08:01 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Got to give credit where credit is due: Sid made it much longer than I predicted.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/07/11 at 08:10 PM ET


Why are there so many concussions?  Is this something new or did it always happen and no one noticed?  It’s all quite disturbing.

Posted by 13 user names on 12/07/11 at 08:24 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Always happened & players just played with them, Just not only in hockey but all sports

Posted by Evilpens on 12/07/11 at 08:28 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Posted by 13 user names on 12/07/11 at 05:24 PM ET

My OPINION is that it is a combination of both.

On one hand, awareness of head injuries and their symptoms is much better now than it has ever been, especially in sports. More awareness of anything obviously means it will appear to be more prevalent than it was in the past. That implies concussions have always happened somewhat frequently in hockey.

On the other hand, the players are faster and stronger than they have ever been, and the competitiveness of the league is as high as it has ever been due to the financial implications of everything that happens on the ice. Those things imply that concussions, even if they were always happening, are likely more frequent in hockey now than they’ve ever been.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 12/07/11 at 08:29 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Agreed, Nathan, it is a combination.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/07/11 at 08:54 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

So my question is, will these injuries or concerns about them hinder Crosby in the future?  Will the long term effects of his concussion shorten his career?

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 12/07/11 at 08:58 PM ET

JBytes's avatar

...the players are faster and stronger than they have ever been…

Yet, the playing surface remains the same.

Posted by JBytes on 12/07/11 at 08:59 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Or, we could just switch to four-on-four hockey all the time

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/07/11 at 10:09 PM ET


So my question is, will these injuries or concerns about them hinder Crosby in the future?

Not sure if you have seen many of his games back, but the truth is he rarely goes to the boards to get the puck anymore.  He never once is the first in on a puck either, especially when it is a slight race between him and a defensemen.  I would say it already has hindered him in some way.  I was begining to think that perhaps he would work his way into more and more contact as the season went on, but with this small setback, i would say it may never be the same as it was before…. which sucks for him, since that was a huge part of his game.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 12/07/11 at 10:29 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Bad news.  They wouldn’t be sitting him unless there were symptoms and he had mentioned them, simple as that.

No telling what it means though.  If I’m PIT or a PIT fan however, I’m starting to prepare myself mentally for the possibility of moving forward without him.  Would only be prudent.  League probably needs to ponder it as well.

Looks really smart now that they kept Staal and Malkin both.

Posted by Primis on 12/07/11 at 11:54 PM ET

Lisa Brown's avatar

I agree Primis, this isn’t precautionary, he was out for 11 months. To me he has told medical staff that he isn’t feeling right.

Posted by Lisa Brown on 12/08/11 at 02:21 AM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

I saw the hit.  Watched the entire game, and it was the most vicious game I have seen in a long time that was not in the playoffs.  Both goalies were run repeatedly and players were finishing checks much harder than you would expect.  A lot of after whistle scrums.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 12/08/11 at 03:26 PM ET

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