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Why wasn't Sidney Crosby reviewed for a concussion after head-first crash?

Why wasn't Sidney Crosby reviewed for a concussion after head-first crash? Why wasn't Sidney Crosby reviewed for a concussion after head-first crash?
Vera Richards | 13 May, 2017, 10:10

The NHL is not trying to reconcile these two contradictions, instead covering its own behind in saying that Crosby continuing to play was not its fault.

The Caps gave it all, and while dominating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 in Game 6 to force a potentially classic Game 7 between two rivals on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., they left us wondering what the Penguins have left.

Anybody who saw Sidney Crosby go flying head first into the end boards all thought the same thing: Oh no, not again. Crosby has had four documented concussions.

One of the effects of numerous concussions is that the threshold for future head injuries is lower, two concussion experts told The Washington Post last week.

After losing game 4 to the Pittsburgh Penguins, many people wrote off the Washington Capitals.

Both teams have had their share of Game 7 experiences over the years.

The Capitals then capitalized on their second power play with Oshie finishing a tic-tac-toe passing sequence, and the early lead allowed the Capitals to settle into a better lineup rhythm because they could roll their lines more evenly when they werent trailing. Concussions and their long-term implications are among the hottest-button issues in sports. Defenseman Trevor Daley didn't play Game 6.

In the last few years, they've implemented a new policy using neutral-party concussion spotters. Concussion protocol was a little different back then. "Those are two separate things".

Bryan Rust led the way for the Penguins with a hat trick, including one into an empty net, while Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Matt Cullen and Justin Schultz would add their only goals of the season against Ottawa.

That Crosby was not placed in the protocol by the team nor the NHL's spotters raised many questions regarding the protocol's effectiveness.

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The protocol requires mandatory removal - and it's actually in bold and underlined typeface - should a player report any one of a series of symptoms, including a headache or dizziness or nausea or disorientation.

The NHL revamped its policies entering this season by implementing a staff of Central League Spotters, positioned in the NHL's Player Safety Room in NY, who can remove a player if he displays any symptom or sign of a concussion.

Pittsburgh had trouble executing even the simplest of plays.

The fourth is a player exhibiting a "blank or vacant look". One of those visible signs is "slow to get up". "Ice" as compared to "boards" is in there for a reason.

Blank or vacant look? So, yeah, Crosby was slow to get up.

Why wasn't he pulled from the game after the head-first collision into the boards? That's a blink of the eye in your day. Sullivan also moved rookie Guentzel alongside Malkin and put Conor Sheary with Sidney Crosby, who was a nonfactor for a second straight game after sitting out Game 4 because of a concussion.

And then you read further. "Having that research data is good to have, but it doesn't mean that there aren't going to be concussions caused by heads hitting boards, and so you shouldn't restrict your spotters". "And so you shouldn't restrict your spotters".

Because of those guidelines, and because the Penguins' doctors deemed it unnecessary, Crosby was not evaluated for a concussion.

But there's a flaw here, at least one. The difference in this game was that the Capitals hadnt made any mistakes for Pittsburgh to use in a counterattack. The impact could be on Crosby's future - and not on the ice.

It's that kind of thing that the National Hockey League had in mind when it made the changes to the program prior to this season.

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