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Crosby briefly leaves Game 5 with injury

Thursday, 05.09.2013 / 8:47 PM

By Chris Adamski - NHL.com Correspondent / Penguins-Islanders series blog

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Crosby briefly leaves Game 5 with injury

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby went to the dressing room with two minutes to play in the second period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New York Islanders after blocking a shot with his left foot.

Crosby took a slap shot from Radek Martinek squarely in the side of his skate and gingerly finished his shift until the whistle blew. He went directly to the dressing room, testing his foot with a few strides before heading to the bench, though with the period nearly over, he likely had played his last shift anyway.

He came back onto the ice with the team for the start of the third period.

Crosby, who had a highlight-reel goal four minutes earlier to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead, missed more than a month because of a broken jaw before returning for Game 2 last Friday. He has three goals and four assists in four games during the series after posting 56 points (15 goals, 41 assists) in 36 games during the regular season before the broken jaw.

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