Three games into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins have a 2-1 series lead. The Penguins already went into this series banged up, but after Game 3, they are starting to resemble a walking M*A*S*H unit. Here is the latest on each player:
The Penguins held an optional practice Tuesday morning at their practice facility. None of the players listed below participated.
SIDNEY CROSBY (CENTER)
Crosby was injured in the first period of Game 3. As Crosby was coming down the ice and went in front of the net, he lost control of the puck, came down after his left foot buckled and Matt Niskanen put his stick out and hit Crosby in the face. Niskanen received a five-minute major and an ejection as a result of the play. Crosby exited the game. This morning he didn’t partake in the optional skate, but was spotted at the practice facility. Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan addressed the media after the skate and confirmed that he has been diagnosed with a concussion. Crosby won’t play in Game 4 tomorrow and will be evaluated day-to-day.
CONOR SHEARY (LEFT WING)
Sheary was injured when fellow teammate Patric Hornqvist attempted to hit Caps center Lars Eller in the early second period of Game 3. Eller got out of the way and, as a result, Hornqvist accidentally collided with Sheary. While Sheary didn’t partake in the optional, he did skate on his own earlier this morning. Sullivan confirmed after the skate that Sheary also has a concussion and will be going through the same day-to-day process that Crosby is going through.
MATT MURRAY (GOALTENDER)
Murray was injured in warmups prior to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Columbus Blue Jackets and hasn’t seen playoff action to date. He is still listed as day-to-day.
KRIS LETANG (DEFENSEMAN )
Letang will miss the playoffs because of a herniated disk in his neck that required surgery. The defenseman hasn’t played since February 21 and will need 4-6 months to recover which could take him into the start of training camp next season.
By Michael Marzzacco