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Added January 13th, 2011 by Chalk

Concussed Crosby Can’t Return Yet
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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is taking longer than expected to shake the symptoms of the mild concussion that’s kept him out of the lineup, and his coach says there’s still no timetable for his return. His teammates finally got their first win without him on Wednesday night after going 0-2-1 and scoring a grand total off four goals with him waiting for his head to clear.

“I believe he’s getting tested again this week, and he’s getting better,” said Penguins coach Dan Bylsma before Wednesday’s game. “But we’re not going to progress forward until the symptoms subside.” Crosby last played last Wednesday, when the team says he was concussed by 6-6, 220-pound Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman.

Last Thursday, the Penguins said they expected their star to be out of action for a week, but it’s been a week and they’re still waiting for Crosby to feel less concussy. While the Pens were finally able to win without Sid the Concussed, their schedule gets even tougher over the next week with a road game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, then a home game against the always tough Detroit Red Wings.

The Penguins are only one point behind the Flyers for the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference lead, but they’ve played three more games then Philadelphia, so Crosby’s return is essential to any hopes of getting home-ice advantage deep into the playoffs. But for now Pittsburgh can only hold its collective breath and hope that Crosby’s head doctor has good news.

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