Sidney Crosby diagnosed with concussion, will miss Game 4 vs. Capitals

Sullivan said the world will have to wait until Tuesday for updates on the condition of Crosby and left-winger Conor Sheary, who left the game after a friendly-fire collision with teammate Patric Hornqvist.

It was confirmed on Tuesday morning, via the Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan, that Niskanen won't have a hearing with Player Safety over the hit and is likely to return to Washington's lineup for Game 4. Crosby famously lost a year of his prime to concussions, so it feels like too much to hope for that we'll get to see him again over the final month of the postseason. He missed the first six games of the regular season.

When advised of Trotz's reading of Niskanen's hit on his star, Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said simply: "I'd rather not comment on that".

In their first-round playoff series against the Blue Jackets, they were outshot and outplayed routinely in first periods, but they weathered the storm and beat Columbus in five games.

Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik delivers a slap shot to Crosby's face, leaving the Penguins star with a broken jaw.

After dominating the playoffs with 11 points in eight games, Crosby gets knocked out of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semis when he falls awkwardly right into Matt Niskanen. The Capitals avoided a 3-0 hole on Kevin Shattenkirk's sudden-death power-play goal, and Game 4 will be on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. "I thought all of that was kind of out of this league, but I guess not".

The Capitals' goals in regulation time in Game 3 were forgettable enough. Barry Trotz's decision to play Karl Alzner as a seventh defenseman wound up being a huge decision because of this.

"It was an unfortunate play", Niskanen told reporter Katie Brown.

"I think he's coming across, trying to score", he said. And in the first two games against the Capitals in the Eastern Conference semifinals, they were dominated for large stretches, but managed to win both.

Whether it's nearly chopping a guy's finger off, hitting a player in the genital area, or himself administrating multiple neck-chops, Crosby is one throat-rip short of being a full-blown Stephen Seagal himself - so the high and mighty tones people were taking after the incident were a bit much. They also went scoreless on four power-play attempts. Where the series goes from here hinges, in no small part, on Crosby's status moving forward.

The Capitals trail the best-of-seven series 2-1.


  • Steve Townsend