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Sidney Crosby Hip Check Appears To Knock DeBrusk Out Of Game



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Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk took an open-ice hip check from Sidney Crosby early and suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of the Bruins’ first game in a two-game set with the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night.



DeBrusk appeared to suffer the injury as a result of a textbook open-ice hip check by Penguins captain Sidney Crosby early just under six minutes into the opening frame. He immediately returned to the bench and never returned. He was ruled out midway through the second period.


DeBrusk, who had one assist in five games heading into Tuesday night, was filling in for David Pastrnak for a second straight game on the top line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Ironically and thankfully for the Bruins, Pastrnak appears ready to return this Saturday against the Washington Capitals and Zdeno Chara. So if DeBrusk is out for an extended amount of time, the Bruins will at least be getting back the reigning Co-Rocket Richard winner.

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