Sidney Crosby's head-first crash only a brief scare, warrants no tests

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby, a week after suffering a concussion that forced him to miss a game, was said to be OK and wasn't evaluated for a head injury after a hard, head-first crash into the boards that left him slow to get up Monday night in the Penguins' 5-2 Game 6 loss to the Washington Capitals.

With Pittsburgh on the power play near the end of the first period, the Penguins captain became tangled with Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and was sent flying into the boards.

But the impact and its result apparently weren't severe enough for the concussion spotters at the NHL offices to pull Crosby from the game, despite the fact that he suffered a concussion in Game 3 of the second-round series that kept him out of the following game.

"When you go in like that, it just kind of knocked the wind out of me," said Crosby, who played on and finished his shift. "Kind of a fluky fall. Not one you want to take too often."

After the game, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby was never checked for symptoms of a concussion.

Crosby finished the game with 19:57 of ice time, the most among Penguins forwards.

Crosby has a history of concussions, and he missed the first six games of this season because of one he sustained in practice. In Game 3 on May 1, he took a cross-check to the head from Washington's Matt Niskanen, forcing him to miss Game 4 on Wednesday. It was the fourth reported concussion of his career.

Crosby returned to the Penguins' lineup Saturday night after passing concussion tests.

The NHL's concussion protocol does not stipulate a certain amount of days a player must sit out after being diagnosed.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.