Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby leaves game with lower-body injury


Mike Brehm


USA TODAY

Published 11: 36 PM EST Nov 9, 2019

The banged-up Pittsburgh Penguins could be without their biggest star after captain Sidney Crosby left Saturday’s victory against the Chicago Blackhawks early with a lower-body injury.

The Penguins’ leading scorer left the game after playing one shift during the third period.

“He is being evaluated as we speak,” coach Mike Sullivan said after the game. “We will get more information on Monday.”

Crosby was involved in two plays, both involving Blackhawks defenseman Eric Gustafsson. He blocked a shot from Gustafsson, taking it off his ankle. He also appeared to catch his skate awkwardly earlier in the shift while trying to avoid a Gustafsson check, and the defenseman’s leg made contact with his.

Crosby has 17 points in 17 games and had a team-high 100 points last season.

The Penguins, currently in third place in the Metropolitan, also are missing top defenseman Kris Letang (week-to-week with a lower-body injury) and No. 4 scorer Patric Hornqvist (lower body).

No. 2 center Evgeni Malkin returned a week ago after being injured in the first week of the season.

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