No hearing for Niskanen over hit to Penguins star Crosby

The Pittsburgh Penguins say star forward Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion and will miss Game 4 of their series with Washington on Wednesday.

For his part, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan remains optimistic that Crosby will be back on the ice soon. Sullivan said the power play looked "pretty good" at times, generating nine scoring chances, while Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist said it was "not very good". Washington drew within 2-1 in the series when Shattenkirk's shot from the point zipped by Marc-Andre Fleury's blocker. The officials established early in the series that nearly anything goes, and the players have been taking liberties. Crosby did not return to the game. Crosby has four goals and 11 points in eight games this postseason.

Crosby returned on November 11 on fire: Crosby scored twice and tallied 12 points in seven games before the Penguins visited the Bruins in Boston on December 5. He misses the next 40 games with concussion symptoms and a neck injury.

"It's obviously gut-wrenching", Penguins forward Chris Kunitz told reporters of the Crosby collision. Crosby was at the team's practice facility earlier in the day.

"It's nice to have a villain...this guy plays as hard as anybody". The Penguins' 55 attempts exceed their 45 in Game 2 and 41 in Game 1.

While it's almost impossible to replace the level of skill and production that No. 87 brings to a lineup, Evgeni Malkin is a pretty phenomenal guy to fall back on. "He has that ability", Sullivan said. "I got him high". But (Malkin) is going to have to bring his very best game to help us win. "Phil's the same way, and then it goes down the bench". But the moment everybody is talking about is cross-check to the head of Crosby by the Caps Matt Niskanen. But the Pens would score twice in the final two minutes of regulation to tie the game and send the Pittsburgh crowd into a frenzy. However, the NHL Department of Player Safety isn't considering supplemental discipline.

"I thought he was great", Trotz said of Holtby. "You had two forces coming across".

Crosby struggled to regain his balance as he moved to his right, where he crumbled as he was met by a Niskanen cross-check to his face.

The Penguins lead the Capitals 2-1, but Crosby, a Hart Trophy finalist, is out with a suspected concussion and a possible left leg injury, leaving a colossal hole in the Penguins lineup.

It's a position the Pittsburgh Penguins are all too familiar with: a key post-season match upcoming and a star player sidelined. I've never been sure what that means. "It's the playoffs", Washington center Jay Beagle said. "My experience with dealing with [concussions] in the past with players is that they're day-to-day things and so we rely on our medical staff to advise us in the right way". "He's a fantastic player, and it's a big hole, no question, for them, but they have a lot of resolve". "... I'm not going to debate about all that stuff". After the workout Fleury and others talked about the impact Crosby has on the team.

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