Crosby Out; Pens Blanked

It’s hard to decide what the more significant story was Saturday – Sidney Crosby missing another game with a concussion, or the Penguins being shut out on home ice 4-0 by Minnesota. The Pens got embarrassed by the Wild, who got 26 saves from Jose Theodore. Pittsburgh is now a pedestrian 5-5-2 since the 12-game winning streak. But as he usually does, Crosby dominated the headlines.

How concussed is he? When did it happen? Did Pittsburgh act properly in dealing with Sid’s injury? At this point, it doesn’t really matter exactly when it occurred. What matters is that it did occur, and now the Pens have to deal with it. Crosby felt good enough after absorbing a hit from Washington’s David Steckel during the WC on Jan. 1 to play against Tampa Jan. 5. Victor Hedman’s high hit from behind on Wednesday apparently did most of the damage.

To imply the Pens acted without Crosby’s health of foremost concern is, obviously, ludicrous. To debate the topic any further would be fueling the fire of insanity. By his own admission, Crosby felt only neck soreness after Steckel’s hit; no concussion-like symptoms. During the Tampa game, he “didn’t feel right.” It was only after flying to Montreal that the team took action and sent Sid home.

Of course the most important question – and that which is on the minds of every Pens fan out there – is how hurt is he? Concussions, as we’re all aware, are serious business. According to Crosby, this is his first one. It’s imperative the team, and Sid, proceed with utmost caution. There’s far too many examples of what NOT to do. Hold the kid out until he’s 100% healthy and symptom-free. At this point, it doesn’t look too serious (he types with fingers crossed). Don’t make matters worse.

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