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Could Sidney Crosby miss more than two games?

Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:12 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Pittsburgh is back to holding its collective breath. That's because the Penguins' superstar, Sidney Crosby, is sitting out for two games as a precaution.

Now there are some whispers the absence could be longer.

It was originally thought that it was a collision with teammate Chris Kunitz that seemed to be the problem. The two ran into each other at center ice and Crosby came up limping, but nothing involving his head.

After the game Crosby was sporting a nice red mark on his cheek that was so bright it could have led Santa's sleigh. Where did that come from? Mike Colligan at The Hockey Writers found another hit during the game that could be the issue, and it's a lot more concerning considering Crosby's nearly year-long battle with post-concussion symptoms. Have a look.

Here's what Penguins GM Ray Shero had to say when the initial announcement was made that Crosby would miss two games for precautionary reasons.

“Sidney took a hard hit during our game against Boston Monday night and wasn’t feeling 100 percent. He saw Dr. Micky Collins of UPMC today and took an ImPACT test, which showed no problems. However, we all think it’s best that he sits out the next two games as a precaution.”

This is still likely precautionary. When you have a player as valuable as Crosby, you afford for extra caution. But in no way is it comforting for Penguins fans to hear he could be out longer than originally anticipated.

"It's been a long road back," Crosby said on Thursday, "and we want to err on the side of caution."

I do not want to say that Crosby is in the same boat, but I can't help but to think back to the preseason when the New York Rangers said they were withholding Marc Staal from the preseason games as a precaution. He still hasn't played this season for New York.

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Comments

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Could Sidney Crosby miss more than two games?

One of the greatest player of our time lost to concussions. Too bad.



Since: Aug 6, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Could Sidney Crosby miss more than two games?

Stick a fork in old' Cindy Lou. , She will never be the same. Just like Eric Lindros and Marc Savard !!! But I will say couldn't have happened to a nicer girl or Organization.



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Could Sidney Crosby miss more than two games?

OK, venting then!! I guess it's ok to vent!! I know I have done it enough over the years! Anyone who says that he was elbowed on purpose, or elbowed period doesn't know hokey and should be disregarded right from the start. I am only look at this from his lifes stand point, and not his hockey career. I understand you need him for your hockey-pool, but I just hope he is smart, and doesn't come back till he's 100%, if he ever gets that far. It was a clean hit on both of their parts, but Sid isn't ready for contact, as was purely shown and he shouldn't of went after the hit. Oh well, I know it's frustrating and I am not sure Pittsburgh can make it to the finals without our star!! Here's to Sid being healthy again :)



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Could Sidney Crosby miss more than two games?

How dare "they" insinuate, hehe. Freaking laughable Bruin fans are priceless.



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Could Sidney Crosby miss more than two games?

PS:  I have CROSBY in my Hockey-Pool as well --- lol ---- So a little ticked he's OUT again - I NEED him !! - lol - ; p



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Could Sidney Crosby miss more than two games?

lol - I won't GET INTO IT w/U ( I'm VENTING - NOT RANTING ) --- I do feel for the KID --- hope he gets better --- and keeps playing. But "they" are saying KREJCI "elbowed him"  ie: intentionally --- I Don't like that insinuation on a very INNOCENT 'hockey-play' --- EVERYONE who 'touches' him now, is going to be accused of "going after him" - itz NOT RIGHT ......



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Could Sidney Crosby miss more than two games?

Calm down Korn, no one is blaming Krejci for his hit (or protection of himself from Sid's hit)... they are just saying that Sid was hurt on that play. Yes, it was a clean hit and we all know it. The concussion stuff hasn't gone on long enough and even the experts can't agree with what LONG enough is when it comes to a concussion. No one is saying that Sid shouldn't be hit, they are all just trying to figure out how long he needs to sit out from contact, or if he will ever be able to play again. Stop your ranting and show some compassion for someones life, over a sport for a change. I hope Sid sits out as long as he needs! 



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Could Sidney Crosby miss more than two games?

SERIOULSY !!!!?????  Now their going to try and blame KREJCI ( on a VERY-VERY-EVERY-NIGHT-HOCKEY-TYPE "BUMP" ) !??? OMG! --- This CROSBY-CONCUSSION-CRAP has gone on long enough --- If he's going to play like a FIGURE-SKATER now ---- * RETIRE !!!!!!!!! 



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Could Sidney Crosby miss more than two games?

I say sit him as long as it takes... this is only a sport compared to his life. Get well Sid!!



Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:40 am
 

Could Sidney Crosby miss more than two games?

It would be very interesting to find out how many time Crosby has taken a hit to the head in the years leading up to the Steckel hit.  Everyone talks about the recent hit since everyone is now aware, but what about all the other hits?  Sid has been a marked man since he entered the league and has taken his fair share of abuse - no denying that.  And while it's true that no two hits are alike, sometimes it's innocent looking contact that does the damage,  Just like when he ran into the elbow in the video.  If someone were to analyze the Penguins tapes and make a note of every substantial hit to the head that Crosby has taken his NHL career, I'm guessing the numbers would shock a lot of people.  And not to mention all the hits he took in Junior hockey...It's the culmination of many hits that do the most damage, especially when there has been insufficient time for the brain to recover.  The only possible solution that would help (concussions will never be eliminated entirely) would be modification of the current hockey gear, specifically the helment, shoulder and elbow pads. 


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