Pens' Crosby struck by puck in face, leaves game

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, left, is chased by New York Islanders' Casey Cizikas during the first period of the NHL hockey game on Thursday, March 29, 2012, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Sidney Crosby was bloodied after being struck in the face by a puck shot by New York Islanders defenseman Dylan Reese.

The Pittsburgh captain, playing in the ninth game of his second comeback of the season after recovering from concussion symptoms, was hit 1:43 into the second period. Reese was trying to clear the puck out of the lower left corner in the New York end when he hit Crosby, who was standing a few feet away from him.

Crosby stayed down on his stomach for about a minute before gathering himself and getting back up on his skates. He then skated off toward the tunnel leading to the dressing room. He returned to the bench with 10:13 left in the period, and was back on the ice moments later.

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