Update 5/2: Sidney Crosby will not play in Game 4 with a concussion. Also out with a concussion is Conor Sheary.
Sullivan said Crosby will be evaluated day to day. Sheary also has a concussion.— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) May 2, 2017
The Penguins may have just lost their best player for a significant amount of time. Early in the first period between the Penguins and Capitals, Sidney Crosby was taken down by a cross-check from Matt Niskanen.
Crosby was driving to the net when the stick of Alex Ovechkin caught him in the helmet, causing the Penguins captain to stumble. Niskanen then caught Crosby again as the forward was falling to the ice.
Here’s the play in super slow motion.
Sidney Crosby actually took a stick to the head before getting hit by Niskanen, here's the slo mo pic.twitter.com/BSekuxjUbP— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) May 1, 2017
As slow motion can be a bit deceiving, here’s an alternate angle in real time.
Alternate angle on Matt Niskanen's cross-checking game misconduct against Sidney Crosby. Looks a little bit more reflexive from here. pic.twitter.com/JRRj2WeWkF— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) May 1, 2017
Crosby was down on the ice for a few moments before being escorted off the ice with trainers. The Penguins captain has a history of concussion issues. Also of concern could be how his left leg buckled under him.
Niskanen was given five minutes for cross checking and a game misconduct.
The Penguins announced they will not have an update on Crosby until after the game.
PIT indicates no update on Crosby until post-game— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 2, 2017
Niskanen will receive no supplemental discipline from the league and will likely return to the Capitals lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday.
Matt Niskanen will not have a hearing for his cross-check on Sidney Crosby.— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) May 2, 2017