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Pens lose Crosby in Game 3

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

UPDATE: 11:21 PM

Pens lost captain Sidney Crosby during the first period of their Game 3 contest against Washington following a nasty pair of collisions at the Capitals net. 

Crosby was driving to the net when Alex Ovechkin caught Crosby in the head with his stick while clipping his skate. Off balance, Crosby began to fall to the ice awkwardly. Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen then collided with Crosby at the side of the net, again catching him in the helmet.

Pens head coach Mike Sullivan didn't have an update on his status following the game, nor that of winger Conor Sheary, who left the game in the second period following a friendly-fire collision with Patric Hornqvist. 

"We don't have any updates on our injured guys," he said following the game. "They'll be evaluated overnight and we'll go from there."

Sullivan wouldn't confirm whether Crosby's injury was head or lower-body related. Sullivan also didn't offer his assessment of the play.

"I'd rather not share my opinion," he said. 

Niskanen was given a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct. 

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