Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby took a stick to the face in the dying seconds of the first period tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. He returned to the bench early in the second period after getting repaired by the Penguins medical staff.
No penalty was called on the play as Crosby caught Arizona’s Martin Hanzal’s stick in the face after Hanzel collided with both Crosby and Crosby’s teammate Patric Hornqvist. Crosby stayed down for a minute before skating off to the dressing room.
Any head-related injury for Crosby is concerning when considering his history with concussion and concussion-related symptoms. Crosby has already missed time this season with a head injury, and losing more time in a tight Metropolitan Division could cost the Penguins dearly in the long run.