Niskanen said after Monday's game that he wasn't targeting Crosby's head and that he didn't intend to injure the Pittsburgh star. Sullivan said Crosby will be "day-to-day from there".
"We're very optimistic and hopeful we'll have him back in a timely fashion", he added.
Crosby's first concussion came in January 2011 and sidelined him until November of the next season, missing 68 games in all. The Pens cut the Caps' lead to 2-1 when Malkin fired a slap shot past Washington goalie Braden Holtby at 18:07 of the third period. His comeback lasted eight games as another hit kept him out for 40 games until March 2012.
Crosby suffers a significant high ankle sprain in a 3-0 home loss to Tampa Bay and misses the next 21 games.
Now the Penguins will adjust to a Crosby-less lineup ahead of Game 4, and they are not strangers to filling gaps both big and small. Get the app and get the game. He ended up facing Niskanen as his body was going toward the ice and took Niskanen's stick across the side of the head. I'm all for getting this stuff out of the game, but until the National Hockey League takes action to better protect it's players and change its culture.what can you say?
Overall, there are many who believe the league protects and has bias toward the superstars and elite players in the game. "I look at today as an opportunity to play more of my game, get back to my basics and help this team".
Hockey fans were treated to one hell of a Game 3 between the Penguins and Capitals on Monday. Barry Trotz's decision to play Karl Alzner as a seventh defenseman wound up being a huge decision because of this. Pittsburgh is getting odds of-125 to win, while the Capitals are getting a money line of +105 to prevail. "It's an unfortunate play that happened really quick". But Chris Kunitz had some thoughts: "It's one of those things you look at it once, you see what actually happened and the next thing is watching how deliberate it was when the guy cross-checks him in the face", he said.
The defending Stanley Cup champions lead the series 2-1, an advantage they built thanks in large part to Crosby. The rest of the game became a gong show and now the remainder of a series that should have been celebrated for the skill and talent of the players in it will now likely devolve into a down-and-dirty series of acts of vengeance. However, they also were without their top defenseman Matt Niskanen. "We're trying to make this a long series here and the physicality is key for us".
Other Penguins said they did not see a replay yet or had nothing to share.