Crosby takes slap shot off shin

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby was seen wincing in pain

and frustrated on the bench after blocking a shot during the second

period of the Pittsburgh Penguins game Sunday against the Nashville

Predators.

A centerpiece of the Team Canada Olympic roster, Crosby took a

Kevin Klein slap shot off his right shin about seven minutes into

the second period of the final game before the NHL Olympic

break.

Crosby continued through his shift on an offensive rush, but

lifted his leg in pain, went to the bench and sat with his head

down for several minutes. During the next television timeout,

Crosby tested his leg but appeared to do it gingerly and slammed

his stick in apparent frustration.

Crosby played the rest of the game as the Penguins lost to

Nashville 4-3 in a shootout. He scored his 42nd goal of the season

in the first period and assisted on Brooks Orpik’ third-period

goal. Crosby didn’t score in the shootout.

Team Canada is scheduled to open play against Norway in

Vancouver on Tuesday.