Penguins’ Sidney Crosby out at least six weeks after core muscle surgery

Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby (87) lines up for a faceoff against the Buffalo Sabres. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will miss a minimum of six weeks after he recovers from surgery to repair a core muscle injury.

Rob Rossi of The Athletic reported earlier this week that Crosby re-aggravated a sports hernia injury — which he had been dealing with since training camp — during Saturday’s win over the Chicago Blackhawks. In that game, Crosby stopped and fell awkwardly early in the third period and was forced to leave with what the team initially called a lower-body injury.

Rossi also reported that Crosby held off on having surgery in October due to the wide-range of other injuries the Penguins were recovering from.

The 32-year-old had been off to a strong start to the season, leading his team in scoring with 17 points in 17 games.

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