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The bloody dimple on his chin told the tale of why Sidney Crosby skated off the ice for an extended absence midway through the second period.
A quick stitch job patched a cut created when the Penguins captain was caught by the blade of Montreal center Dominic Moore during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal at Mellon Arena.
“I don’t know how many there is,” Crosby said. “Moore lifted his stick and he caught me.”
Crosby left the ice with a towel in his hand during a break in action at 12:14, and didn’t return until right around the same time third-line center Jordan Staal skated off after a collision.
The Penguins maintained their 3-1 lead while Crosby was out.
“We had two TV timeouts,” Crosby said. “I think I was gone probably five minutes, so you have to give some credit to those guys (who stitched him up). They were doing a good job – I think there were two of them.”
Crosby returned to set up Alex Goligoski’s power-play goal that made it 5-2, and now has an NHL-best 16 points (10 assists) in the playoffs.



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