Crosby concussion casts shadow on Penguins’ Cup repeat bid


NEW YORK: With captain Sidney Crosby sidelined indefinitely over the latest in a series of concussions, Pittsburgh’s bid to repeat as National Hockey League champions is off to a rocky start. Not since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 has a team won the Stanley Cup two seasons in a row. The Penguins, who beat San Jose last June to capture their first Stanley Cup since 2009, rely upon Crosby for leadership and spark alongside talented scorers Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. Crosby was hurt by a Friday practice hit, Sullivan said, with team general manager Jim Rutherford saying there was no timetable for Crosby’s return.



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