Monday, February 15, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Sidney Crosby OK at Olympics after taking shot

All of Canada breathed a sigh of relief as news about Team Canada hockey star Sidney Crosby was positive. Crosby took a slap shot in an NHL game on Sunday before he was scheduled to leave for Vancouver.

Canada is heavily favored to win the Gold Medal in hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics and they are against some stiff competition. Taking out Crosby, easily one of the best players in the world, would open up the door for strong competitors like Team Russia and Team USA.

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Pittsburgh Penguins and Team Canada star Sidney Crosby said he was unhurt and headed to Vancouver for the Olympic tournament despite wincing in pain shortly after he took slap shot in Pittsburgh’s loss to Nashville on Sunday.

“I will be there,” Crosby said after the 4-3 shootout loss to the Predators. Team Canada was scheduled to practice Monday and open against Norway on Tuesday.

“I’m on the flight tonight,” he said.

Crosby, who earlier tied Alex Ovechkin for the NHL goal lead with his 42nd, spent several minutes on the bench with his head down after blocking a Kevin Klein(notes) slap shot about seven minutes into the second period of the last game before the NHL Olympic break.

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