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Penguins captain Crosby deciding on wrist surgery

Wednesday, 07.09.2014 / 4:22 PM / News

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Penguins captain Crosby deciding on wrist surgery
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is deciding on the best course of treatment for his injured right wrist, the team announced Wednesday.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is deciding on the best course of treatment for his injured right wrist, the team announced Wednesday.

"Sidney Crosby has been undergoing treatment on a right wrist injury that he suffered during the season," general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. "Sid is getting medical advice to determine the best path moving forward, including the possibility of arthroscopic surgery. No final decision has been made on surgery at this point. We expect to have a decision by early next week."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday reported the injury hindered Crosby's play during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It also said he would opt for surgery.

After leading the League in scoring during the regular season (36 goals, 68 assists), Crosby had one goal and eight points in 13 playoff games. He was held without a point in the Penguins' final three games, all losses, after they took a 3-1 series lead against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round. He was awarded the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career on June 24 in Las Vegas.

He also won the Ted Lindsay Award (formerly the Lester B. Pearson Award) for the second straight season and third time in his career. In addition, he won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer for the second time in his career.

During and after the playoffs, Crosby said he was healthy. But a source told the Post-Gazette Tuesday that Crosby "did play with a terrible wrist."

The report said it was not known when or how Crosby was injured.

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