I'm certainly no doctor, however if I were I'd say it's safe to say Sidney Crosby is out for the rest of the NHL playoffs. About 5 minutes into the first period Sidney Crosby was laid out while already off balance after trying to score a goal. He was coming across the front of the net, got denied by the goalie, was caught off balance, and caught a cross check straight across the head. The blow was brutal, as a matter of fact I'm pretty sure his head might still be rolling around on the ice because Niskanen decapitated him. Was it a dirty hit? Yeah, but it's also hockey everything's dirty, this is as close to no rules as it gets and the more barbaric the sport the better. They always say in football keep your head on a swivel, the same should apply to hockey, apparently it doesn't.
The Penguins were steam rolling the Capitals through the first two games of this series and Sidney Crosby was a huge part of that. Obviously without Crosby the Penguins aren't nearly the same threat. His injury seemed to give the Capitals some momentum, later on in the period the Capitals took the lead, and for the rest of the game they seemed mostly in control. They scored again in the third period and it looked they were going to finally get a win in this series and all of the sudden this series had a whole different outlook. Then, with under two minutes left in the game the Capitals blew it in typical Caps fashion. Malkin scored a goal and then Malkin assisted on a goal in under 50 seconds to tie up the game and send it to overtime. The Capitals would end up winning on a power play in overtime and now the series is a whole lot more interesting.
If Crosby can't come back I can't see the Penguins winning this series he's just too important and does too much for the Penguins for them to survive without him. Capitals may just have caught the biggest of all breaks and it may actually be their year. If Crosby can come back, the Penguins will have no problem finishing what they started. This all lies on if Crosby can come back or not.