Islanders defenseman Dylan Reese tried to clear the puck, but his attempt hit Crosby just under the face shield and dropped him to the ice, bleeding. Play was stopped and he was helped to the dressing room holding a towel to his face.
Crosby missed nearly 11 months because of a concussion suffered in early January before returning on Nov. 21. He went down with concussion symptoms on Dec. 5 and didn't return to action until March. 15.
Crosby returned to the Penguins bench with 10:13 left in the second period and took his next shift.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4