PITTSBURGH—Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan declined to say much about Sidney Crosby’s injury, the hit that injured the Penguins’ captain, or his best player’s status going forward.
“We don’t have any updates on our injured guys,” Sullivan said, referring to Crosby and Conor Sheary, who left the game bleeding from the face and did not return. “They’ll be evaluated overnight and we’ll go from there.”
Asked about the high cross check from Matt Niskanen that ended Crosby’s night, Sullivan sidestepped the question.
“I’d really don’t have…I’d rather not share my opinion on it,” he said.
Pressed on the subject later, Sullivan said: “At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what either coach’s opinion is on it. The players are going to play. The coaches, we’re going to do what we do. The officials do what they do. And the league does what they do.”
Asked how his team would cope if Crosby is out for any length of time, Sullivan said: “We’re hopeful, first of all, that that won’t be the case.”
Sullivan also would not say whether Crosby suffered an upper or lower body injury. In addition to taking a shot to the head from Niskanen’s cross check, Crosby’s left leg also buckled awkwardly underneath him as he fell to the ice.
“I’d rather not comment on it,” Sullivan said, asked for details on the location or nature of Crosby’s injury.
Sullivan did, however, say he’s confident his team can overcome its latest bout with the injury bug.
“I think this group has so much character and talent that we’re able to endure the injuries that we have,” he said. “We’ve done it all year long, and we did it again tonight. And we’ll continue to do it.”
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