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Should Sidney Crosby have been pulled by NHL's concussion spotter after dangerous first period hit?

Should Sidney Crosby have been pulled by NHL's concussion spotter after dangerous first period hit?

Sidney Crosby suffered a concussion in Game 3 that forced him to miss the next game, but he shocked the hockey world when he was a full participant in practice just four days later and playing in Game 5.

In the first period of Game 6, though, Crosby took another scary looking fall, this one head-first into the boards, and was slow to get up and get off the ice.

You can see the play in the video above.

What happened after that? Nothing. Crosby was not pulled off the bench and played out the period.

But shouldn’t one of the NHL’s independent concussion spotters have pulled Crosby out?

Crosby went violently headfirst into the boards and was sluggish getting back to his feet. The NHL’s concussion spotters are tasked with monitoring play for players who are showing signs of a concussion. How does this not qualify?

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Let’s be clear, I am not a doctor. But what is the point of having concussion spotters if hits like that do not even register on their radar?

Before you say, “Why don’t they just look at him during the intermission” that’s not the point of the independent spotters. Their job is to pull players regardless of whether it is inconvenient, regardless of who they are, regardless of the situation and say that player needs to be checked.

Maybe Crosby is fine. He certainly looked fine following the hit, but the point of the spotters is to make sure he is fine before he goes back onto the ice.

It’s very easy for people on the outside looking in to question why Crosby was allowed to play in Game 5 given his concussion history, but you have to assume the team doctors know what they are doing and would not risk Crosby’s health. In this case, however, you cannot help but question what the league’s spotters were looking at.

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Trade acquisition Brenden Dillon ‘couldn’t be happier’ to be joining Capitals

Trade acquisition Brenden Dillon ‘couldn’t be happier’ to be joining Capitals

The Capitals made their first significant trade of the season on Tuesday, acquiring defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 third.

Dillon, who’s spent the last six seasons with the Sharks, was emotional Monday night when asked for his thoughts on potentially playing his last game with San Jose. He choked up during his answer and had to walk away from the media scrum to collect himself.

The mood was a bit different Tuesday when Dillon found out he’d be heading to D.C. to play with the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals.

“I’m really excited,” Dillon said. “I can’t wait to get out there. I mean obviously the opportunity, the team, the group, what an opportunity.”

The Capitals have been widely rumored to be seeking a defenseman to bolster their blue line and Dillon was an attractive piece as Washington didn’t have to part with a first-round pick in order to get him. After losing six of their last nine games, the Capitals are looking for a spark—and Dillon can’t wait to help get them back on track.

“It’s been crazy, it really has,” Dillon said. “I think just mentally, guys can say, ‘You don’t read this or don’t read that.’ But it wears on you for sure and I’ve just kinda tried to bring the lunch pail to work every day and do my job. But definitely couldn’t be happier to get going.”

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Looking back at an incredible scrap between Garnet Hathaway and Brenden Dillon, now Capitals teammates

Looking back at an incredible scrap between Garnet Hathaway and Brenden Dillon, now Capitals teammates

It might be a little awkward for Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway when Brenden Dillon walks into the building for the first time.

Back in March of 2018, when Hathaway played for the Calgary Flames and Dillon was a member of the San Jose Sharks, the two engaged in a very even tilt that lasted close to a minute long.

Now, they are teammates.

NBC Sports Washington's Craig Laughlin tweeted out a video of the 2018 fight between the then-Calgary and Sharks players upon hearing the news of Washington's newest addition.

The two were both given five-minute penalties for the fight. The Sharks won that game, 5-1. 

Washington traded for Dillon on Tuesday, hoping to bolster their blue line by adding the physical defenseman. 

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