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Making sense of the Sidney Crosby concussion saga

Making sense of the Sidney Crosby concussion saga

The Sidney Crosby concussion saga has taken another turn and it’s getting hard to figure out just what is going on.

In the first period of Game 6, Crosby inadvertently tripped over Braden Holtby’s stick and fell headfirst into the boards. He was slow to get up before making his way back to the bench. It was a scary moment considering it came just one week after suffering a concussion in Game 3.

Crosby, however, did not come out of the game and finished the period. After the game, it was clear that not everyone within the Penguins organization was on the same page.

When asked if he was evaluated after the fall into the boards, Crosby said, “Yep. Yeah. Pretty standard.”

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During the postgame press conference, head coach Mike Sullivan was asked if he was concerned when he saw that Crosby was slow to get up and if he was evaluated for a concussion during the first intermission.

Sullivan’s answer was, “No.”

If Sullivan is correct and Crosby was not evaluated, why not? Isn’t it at least worth checking over a player who has a history of concussions and suffered one just last week to make sure he’s ok? If Crosby was examined during the intermission, why did he continue playing out the first period? Either someone needs to be checked or they don’t, the whole point is to prevent someone from continuing to play in case they have suffered a concussion.

When Crosby initially suffered the hit, it was wondered why the NHL's independent concussion spotters did not immediately pull Crosby from the game. We now have an answer to that question, but it’s not a very satisfying one.

Concussion spotters did not have the authority to pull Crosby from the game because a head collision with the boards does not qualify as a “mechanism of injury” under the current guidelines that allows for a player’s removal, according to a report from USA Today.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly offered an explanation as to why.

 “Depending on the mechanism of injury, ‘slow to get up’ does not trigger mandatory removal,” Daly said, via USA Today’s report. “The protocol has to be interpreted literally to mandate a removal. ‘Ice’ as compared to ‘boards’ is in there for a reason. It’s the result of a study on our actual experiences over a number of years. ‘Ice’ has been found to be a predictor of concussions -- ‘boards’ has not been.”

Daly also revealed that concussion spotters do not take a player’s concussion history into account when making their determinations.

So to recap: 

— A NHL player with a history of concussions suffered a concussion in Game 3.

— He was cleared to play in Game 5 but in Game 6, just one week after his most recent concussion, he fell headfirst into the boards and was slow to get up.

— He was not pulled from the game because the NHL’s spotters don’t have that authority when a player’s head hits the boards.

— He also may or may not have been checked for a concussion during the intermission.

Got it?

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Capitals at Blackhawks Game 10: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Capitals at Blackhawks Game 10: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

The Capitals are riding a two-game winning streak, and are looking to continue their winning ways as they start a five-game road swing.

Their first stop is Chicago against a Blackhawks team that has cracked .500 and is also riding their own two-game winning streak.

Whose streak will come to an end Sunday? Tune in to find out.

CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME 10: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks

Where: United Center, Chicago, Ill.

When: Sunday, October 20, 7 pm.

TV Channel: Capitals-Blackhawks will be broadcast on NBC Sports. (NBC Sports channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Blackhawks on NBC Sports live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS TV SCHEDULE:

6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

7:00 PM: Capitals @ Blackhawks (LIVE)

9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals:

RW Richard Panik, upper-body injury, week-to-week

Blackhawks:

LW Jonn Quenneville, hip injury, day-to-day

CAPITALS AT BLACKHAWKS PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Michal Kempny, D, Capitals (1-0-1)

After returning to the Caps lineup against the New York Rangers Friday night, Kempny felt right at home, potting his first goal of the season. Kempny will look to beat up on the team that traded him back in 2018, and he's had success in the past against them.

Alex DeBrincat, F, Chicago (2-2-4)

Don't be fooled by DeBrincat's 5-7 frame. The shifty forward has a deadly release and notched 41 goals last season, second on the Blackhawks. In the last two seasons, he's also feasted on the Capitals, notching two goals and two assists.

Patrick Kane, R, Chicago (2-5-7)

He doesn't have the nickname "Showtime" for nothing. Kane led the Blackhawks in goals last season with 44, and leads the team in points this season.

CAPITALS at BLACKHAWKS SERIES HISTORY 

Number of all-time Meetings: 99

All-Time Series Record: 44-43-11-1

Last Meeting: Loss 8-5 (1/20/2019)

Last 10: Capitals lead 7-3

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T.J. Oshie puts on a memorable performance in 300th game as a Capital

T.J. Oshie puts on a memorable performance in 300th game as a Capital

300 games. 108 goals. 108 assists.

Just so you're tracking, those are T.J. Oshie's stats through 300 games as a member of the Washington Capitals.

In an outstanding 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers, Oshie scored two power play goals. It was the second time in his career that Oshie recorded two such goals.

Another shot on goal — he had four in the game — would have put him at a nice-and-even 620 during his tenure with the Capitals, but hey, we can't all be perfect.

The statistical-evenness is certainly satisfying, but even if you're not a fan of quirky stats, the man has logged 216 points in 300 games. That's pretty darn good.

T.J. Oshie will seek to continue putting up great numbers as the Capitals embark on a two-week road trip. Their first stop will be Sunday in Chicago for a showdown against the Blackhawks.

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