The Penguins chances at extending their 2-1 series lead took a big blow on Tuesday after receipt of some terrible news.
Captain and leading scorer Sidney Crosby will miss the fourth game of the series following a diagnosis that confirmed he had a concussion.
The Penguins held a 2-0 series lead over the Washington Capitals before Crosby was struck in the head by Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen early in the first period.
Despite receiving five minutes in the penalty box, Niskanen maintains that the contact was unintentional.
This isn’t the first time the Penguins have been without Crosby, though. He missed six games to start the season while dealing with another concussion.
Following their first loss of the series, the Penguins will have to regroup and win game four at home without Crosby. The team will lean heavily on alternate captain and center Evgeni Malkin in game four, possibly longer if Crosby is not medically cleared to return for game five on Saturday, May 6.
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