Devastating news for Pittsburgh Penguins fans, with the club confirming star forward Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion.
Coach Mike Sullivan confirmed the injury Tuesday, adding Crosby will miss game four of the team’s playoff series with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.
Sullivan on Crosby's mindset: "He's very upbeat and positive. We're very optimistic and hopeful we'll have him back in a timely fashion."— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 2, 2017
Crosby left Monday’s game early in the first period after being cross-checked in the face by the Capitals’ Matt Niskansen.
However, the NHL says the Washington defenseman won’t face a disciplinary hearing for the incident.
Niskansen was given a five-minute major and game misconduct at the time of the injury and said after the game he hadn’t meant to hurt the Penguins’ captain.
Crosby is the NHL’s leading scorer, and viewed by many as one of the league’s best players.
However, this marks the fourth confirmed time he’s suffered a concussion.
Recurring symptoms from earlier injuries going back to 2011 have kept him out of the game for long stretches of time.
It remains unclear whether Crosby’s most recent injury will sideline him for the remainder of the series or post-season.
With files from the Associated Press and Canadian Press