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Sidney Crosby hit in face by puck

Image: Sidney Crosby after being hit in the face by a puck (©Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
Despite this worrisome scene, Crosby returned to the game after missing less than 5 minutes.
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby was injured early in the second period of the Penguins' 4-2 win Tuesday night over the New York Islanders when he was struck in the face by the puck, but quickly returned to the game.

RED ICE

That's what was left when Sid the Kid took a puck to the face. See it here.

During a Penguins power play, Crosby skated across the right circle in the New York end — near where Islanders defenseman Brian Strait was crouched — and was clipped by the puck. Crosby's head lurched back as he fell to the ice, and then he covered up.

An official quickly motioned to the Penguins bench for assistance. Crosby was tended to briefly on the ice before being led to the tunnel heading to the dressing room 2:55 into the period.

He returned to the bench during a stoppage with 12:22 remaining and was back on the ice when play resumed. He went on to record an assist in the win which improved the Penguins to 7-3-0 for an Eastern Conference-leading 14 points.

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