Sidney Crosby diagnosed with a concussion, will miss Game 4

He probably raised his stick to protect himself from the impact, and unfortunately hit a falling Crosby in the face.

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

Crosby has four goals and seven assists through eight games this postseason.

"I'd rather not share my opinion on it", Sullivan said of the play that injured Crosby, who has a history of concussion complications.

Crosby left Game 3 of his team's playoff series, a 3-2 overtime loss to Washington, after he took a first-period cross-check to the head from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen.

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"I don't think it's a very nice hit", Chris Kunitz added. "There were a lot of different moments in the game where we had to see what we were made of". "I certainly didn't mean to injure him". The Capitals extinguished three power plays in the second period, and the kill came up especially big when Kuznetsov committed two minor penalties in a 3:08 span. He's considered day-to-day and will be evaluated as the days go on. Others believe that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz called it a "hockey play". "I look at today as an opportunity to play more of my game, get back to my basics and help this team". In super slow [motion], it looks really bad. I just tried to find an option for him and felt like I had that shot. Because he's trying to make a play, he's getting lower and lower, because he's getting pressured trying to score. As he's doing that, he's getting lower and lower, and when it's happening that fast, you know, my stick and his head collided. "Yeah. But I think all the things that he brings, that whole package, was a welcomed addition".

It also happened to Crosby, which is why speculation will endure and so much hinges on whether he returns.

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"He will go through the protocols that we always put our guys through when they've been diagnosed with a concussion", Sullivan said.

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