The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without star Sidney Crosby for its Game 4 matchup against the Washington Capitals, head coach Mike Sullivan announced Tuesday. Crosby will be sidelined with a concussion — the fourth of his career.
Crosby was leveled by a bone-headed cross-check to the head by the Capitals’ Matt Niskanen, which left him on the ice for a bit. Niskanen received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for the stunt.
“He’s very upbeat and positive. We’re very optimistic and hopeful we’ll have him back in a timely fashion,” Sullivan said.
Crosby, an obvious key player on the team, has had concussions before but this one looked pretty bad. He stayed down on the ice, holding his head and did not seem like he was all there. For someone to have four concussions before he turns 30 is something extremely serious and needs to be addressed.
Washington may now have a bit of an easier time to get back into the series, it’s sad it had to come on a disrespectful move.