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09-27-09, 10:55 PM #1
Sidney Crosby's strained vagina forces him to leave in the first period of preseason game against the BJs
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sidney Crosby left the Pittsburgh Penguins' 5-2 exhibition loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets early in the first period Thursday night because of a groin injury that the team said wasn't believed to be serious.
Crosby played three shifts totaling 1 minute, 37 seconds before skating to the bench about 5 minutes into the game.
"It's better to stay off it. I'm hoping for just a few days," Crosby said. "I've hurt my groin before. It's not as bad. I think I missed five games with one last year. It's just something you have to be careful with."
Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said he wasn't concerned when Crosby left the bench and walked through the tunnel to the dressing room.
"It was more precautionary than anything else," Bylsma said. "It's been tight for a couple of days."
Crosby hopes to play in the final preseason game Sunday at Detroit in a rematch of the last season's Stanley Cup Final won by the Penguins.
"Tomorrow (Friday) I won't skate, but Saturday I'll try to get on the ice for however long and test it out," he said. "It's kind of a day-by-day thing. I'd love to play Sunday. That's what I hope but really don't know with groins. I'm cautious about it but I'm not worried.
"It was sore. We all deal with sore groins this time of the year, especially in camp. Usually once you warm up it gets better. I felt it was getting more sore."
He isn't sure if the three-hour bus ride to Columbus contributed to the injury.
"When you're sitting there it's tightening up," he said. "It's probably not the best for it but I don't think it's the sole reason. It probably didn't help."
Jakub Voracek, Derick Brassard and Rick Nash each had a goal and an assist, and Michael Blunden and Derek MacKenzie also scored for Columbus. Evgeni Malkin scored the Penguins' first goal and assisted on Nate Guenin's short-handed goal.
Columbus left wing Kristian Huselius and defenseman Mike Commodore did not play because of the flu and might miss the final preseason games Saturday and Sunday.
Columbus improved to 3-2-1, while Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh dropped to 1-3-1.
09-28-09, 11:10 AM #2
Screw that crybaby Crosby and the Penquins. A new season is about to begin. Go Blue Jackets!As today's police officers you are not unlike your counterparts of years past. You are an elite group of select members, a brotherhood of highly trained professionals, who are called upon to protect your community in a time of need. Guardians for safety. Being a police officer is not for the faint of heart. You must be honest, trustworthy and fearless in the face of evil. You are being watched everyday. Represent yourself, your department and the shield, for it should always be the embodiment of all that is good and justly. You are the thin blue line. Be proud, be tough and be safe.
10-01-09, 12:50 AM #3
When you're a big-time NHL star, you've got to get used to a lot of groin overuse.
Sidney Crosby(notes), who became the youngest team captain in NHL history to lead his team to a Stanley Cup championship last spring, is apparently feeling things in the old abdominal area. The 22-year-old left an exhibition game against the Columbus Blue Jackets last Thursday with tightness in that particular area.
Crosby practiced yesterday but he's saying that he's not totally 100 percent. It's looking possible that he'll miss the season opener against the New York Rangers on Friday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Not the way he wanted to start things off. And you can be sure the Penguins front office feels the same way
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