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Crosby: I want to be smart with this

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (R) fights for the puck with Boston Bruins' David Krejci in the...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (R) fights for the puck with Boston Bruins' David Krejci in the first period of their NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania December 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Jason Cohn)

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, Last Updated: 7:53 PM ET

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday it wasn't just one hit that led to Sidney Crosby being sidelined again for two games.

Crosby, who sat out for more than 10 months with a concussion before returning to the lineup Nov. 21, was scratched for road games Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers and Saturday against the New York Islanders.

"It was not a one-time incident in the game (Monday against Boston)," Bylsma said. "He took a couple of hits in the game and didn't feel 100% after the game, so that was an indication. He saw Dr. (Michael) Collins the next day. His imPACT (neurocognitive) test was exactly what it was when he returned to play (on Nov. 21).

"Dr. Collins said there is no indication of a concussion at this point."

Bylsma said Crosby had a "slight headache" after practice Wednesday.

"I just want to be smart with this," Crosby said on the Penguins website. "It's been a long road back and we want to err on the side of caution.

"I've taken some good hits over the past few weeks and am happy with the way my body responded "¦ but after discussing things with doctors it was better to make sure I was cautious before returning to play."

OVIE WON'T SIT

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin won't be suspended or fined for spearing Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil, according to the Washington Times.

An NHL scource told the Times that there would be no supplemental punishment for Ovechkin, who appeared to spear Neil in the midsection midway through the second period Wednesday.

Ovechkin was not penalized on the play, although Neil was given a minor penalty for diving.

SETOGUCHI ON IR

A lower-body injury landed Minnesota Wild forward Devin Setogucho on injured reserve Thursday.

Setoguchi was hurt in the first period of the Wild's win over the San Jose Sharks Tuesday.

He has eight goals and five assists in 28 games this season.

To take Setoguchi's spot on the roster, the Wild called up forward Jeff Taffe from Houston of the AHL.

STARS ON MEND

The Dallas Stars activated forward Brenden Morrow and defenceman Alex Goligoski from injured reserve Thursday in time for their game against the San Jose Sharks.

Morrow went on IR Nov. 26 with an upper-body injury while Goligoski has been out since Nov. 15 with a broken thumb.

In 20 games this season, Morrow has three goals and six assists. Goligoski has two goals and four assists in 15 games.

SUTTON SUSPENDED

Andy Sutton is wearing out a path on the NHL's carpet.

The Edmonton Oilers defenceman has played in just 16 games this year and he's already headed for his second lengthy suspension, this time for Wednesday's leaping headshot on Carolina's Alexei Ponikarovsky.

The NHL suspended Sutton indefinitely Thursday pending a hearing with Brendan Shanahan.

"At the end of the day Andy is a big man and much of his body mass is going to make contact from the shoulders up," Oilers coach Tom Renney said. "I'll let the league make the decision."

Sutton, who already served five games (Oct. 30 to Nov. 10) for a hit on Gabriel Landeskog, is looking at a longer sentence, given his record, this time.

Sutton, anticipating he was in trouble, refused to speak with the media Thursday.

PORTER BANNED FOR HIT

Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

Booth was hurt after a knee-on-knee hit with Kevin Porter of the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night. Porter was given a major penalty for kneeing.

Porter was slapped with a four-game suspension for the kit and will forfeit more than $18,000 in pay. He's eligible to return Dec. 17 against Washington.

Acquired from the Florida Panthers in October, Booth has five goals and eight assists in 25 games this season.

BRIEFLY

The Tampa Bay Lightning called up forward Blair Jones fron Norfolk of the AHL. Jones has one assist in 10 games with the Lightning this season ... Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joe Colborne was sent to Toronto of the AHL after a nine-game stint with the big club. Colborne had one goal and three assists with the Leafs ... The Ottawa Senators called up defenceman Matt Carkner from Binghamton of the AHL, opening the door for him to play his first NHL game of the season Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. Carkner had surgery on his right knee in September.


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