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Crosby To Miss All-Star Game

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
Updated 8:37 p.m. EST

Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game and Superskills competition because of a knee injury.

“That was the advice of the medical staff,” Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said. “Their recommendation was to take four or five days off and let the injury heal and go from there. I’m not advising anyone to go against the advice of medical staff. I know Sidney is disappointed for sure. But that’s where we are with the injury.”

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” Crosby said. “It’s going to be a real special event. I would have loved to be a part of it but it’s something I have to deal with and I believe I made the right decision.”

Crosby, who will still attend the events in Montreal, injured his knee Jan. 14 against the Washington Capitals. He missed the team’s following game but returned to play against the New York Rangers Jan. 18 and Carolina Hurricanes Jan. 20 before the All-Star break.

“We met with Sid and Dr. (Charles) Burke after the Carolina game and it was pretty clear the he was more sore than he was after the Rangers game,” Shero said. “Dr. Burke said the more stress and strain he puts on it, the worse it will get. His recommendation was to give it time off and get 100 percent. That’s his advice, opinion and recommendation and the organization supports that.”

“After talking with the doctors and them telling me everything,” Crosby said, “their recommendation was to stay off the ice for the next five days and that’s what I went with. That’s what I decided was the right thing to do.”

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