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Penguins’ Sidney Crosby Faces Criticism After Punching Capitals’ Nic Dowd

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Capitals Nic Dowd and Penguins Sidney Crosby

During the Washington Capitals’ tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, frustration appeared to boil over for Sidney Crosby, who now faces controversy after punching Nic Dowd.

Early in the first period, the Penguins star was battling Dowd for the puck when he threw his first forward and punched Dowd in the face. Dowd fell to the ice in visible pain. The officials called a penalty on the play, and Dmitry Orlov struck on the delayed call.

Washington went on to win 6-3.

It’s unclear whether or not Crosby will face discipline from the NHL Department of Player Safety. However, the play has put No. 87 on the radar.

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This isn’t the first time Crosby has made a controversial hit on a Capitals player this season. Back in November, he threw Martin Fehervary into the boards late in the game as both were chasing down the puck. There was no call on the play, and Crosby wasn’t disciplined.

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