Penguins star Crosby leaves following hit to head

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Sullivan said Tuesday that Sheary is also in the concussion protocol, thinning the Penguins even further with Pittsburgh clinging to a 2-1 series lead.

Tim Benz, who hosts a Pittsburgh radio show, Tweeted that he saw Crosby after the game.

Crosby was operating in front of the net when the stick of Washington's Alex Ovechkin caused him to lose his balance. "I don't think it's something that this game is looking for, especially against someone that means so much to our team", Chris Kunitz said.

Pittsburgh forward Conor Sheary is also dealing with a concussion after colliding with teammate Patric Hornqvist in the second period Monday night. It was later reported that Crosby suffered a concussion, and he went on to miss 68 games and 10 months as symptoms lingered. If it's a loss for any amount of time, then it's a loss felt not only by the Penguins but also by the National Hockey League and anyone who cares about the game. "You zone in on it", Holtby said after the Capitals skated Monday morning. "After a lot of prayer and thought, I'm excited to announce my commitment to Oregon State University!"

And how have I never seen this before?

The NHL's leading scorer and one of the game's best players left the game early in the first period and did not return.

Washington appeared to be in control thanks to goals by Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetzov. Marc-Andre Fleury had 34 saves for the Penguins in the win. Evgeni Malkin and Justin Schultz scored in a 48-second span with less than 2 minutes left in regulation to force overtime.

From there, the next goalie who cracked would be the loser in a game of few goaltending mistakes.

But at 33 years old, Backes' game is not what it used to be. That should add another million or so to his next contract, and it's not like the rest Caps were playing their "A" game.

In any case, the league determined that Niskanen's major and game misconduct (which resulted in him missing the remainder of Game 3 as well) were enough discipline for the situation.

The Penguins have become adept at surviving the loss of bold-faced names this season. It offered an encouraging sign for the Capitals as the margin for error is only getting smaller as the series rolls along.

It looked like the Capitals were reeling but they righted themselves in overtime.

The Penguins averaged 31 blocked shots in the first two games of the series, but finished with just 18 in Game 3. Now the Penguins have one of the best players in hockey, who is known for concussion problems, most likely out for the series maybe longer.

This wasn't the first time Crosby took an ugly shot to the head from a Capital.

David Backes put up some decent numbers this season, scoring 17 goals with 21 assists in 74 games. Coach Mike Sullivan tinkered with his lines routinely afterward, trying a number of different combinations to little success.

Adam Brooks named WHL Player of the Week - again - MLHS It is the third time Brooks has received the honour his season.

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