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Crosby happy with Shanahan's consistency

Thursday, 10.20.2011 / 2:30 PM

By Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Crosby happy with Shanahan's consistency
PITTSBURGH -- Penguins star Sidney Crosby, still idled by a concussion, is pleased with the consistency of new NHL Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan's disciplinary rulings.
 
Crosby, out since sustaining a concussion in early January, and the Penguins are lobbying for the elimination of dangerous hits to the head. With the season less than a month old, Crosby believes Shanahan's rulings are helping make the game safer, yet are preserving most of the fan-pleasing hitting.
 
"I think it's been good," Crosby said. "He's looked at each situation individually. I think everything has been pretty well thought out, and the same message has been continued throughout and been consistent. And that's important. We still see some pretty big hits out there."
 
The Penguins didn't protest when star defenseman Kris Letang drew a two-game suspension for driving Jets forward Alex Burmistrov into the boards Monday in Winnipeg -- even though it further depleted an injury-weakened lineup. Letang will serve the second game of that suspension tonight when the Penguins play Montreal.
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