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Sidney Crosby sidelined with a concussion after cross-check to head in Capitals vs. Penguins Game 3

Matt Niskanen will not have a hearing for this hit on Pittsburgh’s captain.

Washington Capitals v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Three Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Update 5/2: Sidney Crosby will not play in Game 4 with a concussion. Also out with a concussion is Conor Sheary.

Original story:

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.

As slow motion can be a bit deceiving, here’s an alternate angle in real time.

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.

Niskanen will receive no supplemental discipline from the league and will likely return to the Capitals lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday.