Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Breaking News: Sid To Sit Out Tonight's Game

Oh no. This is not a test. From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Penguins center Sidney Crosby will not play tonight against Buffalo.

Crosby, the Penguins captain, is experiencing pain in his right ankle. He suffered a high ankle sprain in January and missed 21 games. He returned March 4 and played in three games.

More details to come as I get them. Thanks - I guess (just kidding! LOL) - to Friend of The Show Susan W. for sending me the link.

Two days ago, I found this picture of Sid taken just before he hit the boards on 01-18. It was on a European website, and I thought, "Wow! What a shot - just before the injury happened. Oh well, I won't need pictures like these anymore!" SILLY ME.

On the plus side, this shot CLEARLY shows Sid was looking at the boards just before he hit, so all that talk about his not paying attention to what was in front of him because he was looking to see if he'd drawn a penalty can be put to rest.

Late Edit: From Yahoo! Sports:
Crosby recently missed 21 games with a ligament sprain in the same ankle, an injury commonly known as a high ankle sprain.

Crosby had two goals Sunday against Washington in a 4-2 victory, his first goals in three games since returning from the Jan. 18 injury. He resumed playing March 11 in Tampa, setting up Maxime Talbot’s winning goal with about 2 1/2 minutes remaining in a 2-0 victory.

Crosby has had discomfort in the ankle since the Washington game.

“That game itself was pretty physical,” Crosby said. “It’s probably a combination of that and it’s been sore the past couple of days.”

The Penguins have three days off following Wednesday’s game, and coach Michel Therrien said it made sense for Crosby to sit out and rest up during the break. The Penguins next play Sunday at home against Philadelphia.

“Obviously, it’s a little sore now,” Crosby said. “We have a few more days until our next game. If there is a time to give it a rest, it might be now. … It’s one of those things where you might not get three or four days (off) again in the schedule.”

Asked if he hopes to play Sunday, Crosby said, “That’s what I’m planning on.”
And, in case you haven't heard, Mad Max Talbot will also sit out tonight's game after aggravating his ankle, as well. Marian Hossa is still not ready to return, but SO FAR Petr Sykora is scheduled to be in the line up - despite his questionable status yesterday for back pain. I'll keep you posted if anything changes.

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