Two months after the Rangers and Sabres play outside at Citi Field in New York next New Year’s Day, the NHL will resume its Stadium Series for the fifth straight year.
But next year’s game will have historic implications.
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For the first time ever, NHL teams will play a regular-season game on the campus of a U.S. military service academy. The Associated Press first reported Saturday that the Capitals and Maple Leafs will play March 3 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
Crosby, who was hit with high cross-check courtesy of Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen in Monday’s Game 3 loss, was at the Penguins’ facility but did not participate in practice earlier Tuesday. He will be evaluated again following Wednesday’s game.
Kids Carter Hutton Jersey Given Crosby’s history of head and neck injuries, the Penguins are expected to use caution when proceeding with their captain’s concussion. The 29-year-old superstar, who was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy on Monday, has missed dozens of games due to post-concussion syndrome in 2011 and two fractured vertebrae in his neck in 2012.
Barely five minutes into the first period, Crosby was cutting across the Capitals’ goal crease and falling to the ice when Niskanen made contact. Crosby needed to be helped off the ice to the Penguins’ locker room for evaluation and did not return to the game.
Niskanen was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for cross-checking, though it was reported Tuesday he won’t be subject to suspension for the headshot.
The Penguins additionally announced the loss of forward Conor Sheary, who was also diagnosed with a concussion after colliding with teammate Patric Hornqvist during Monday’s game.