Costly Defeat: Pittsburgh Penguins Lose Game and Sidney Crosby

Francois GendronSenior Writer IJanuary 18, 2008

The Pittsburgh Penguins lost 3-0 tonight to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The result of the game itself is not a big deal but when a star player like Sidney Crosby was injured during the game, it becomes a big deal for the Penguins.

During the first period, after being tripped by Tampa's defensemen Paul Ranger, Crosby slid towards the boards on his back. His feet hit the boards and his knees bent on the impact.

Helped off the ice by Pittsburgh's medical staff members, Crosby painfully hobbled to the locker room and never came back to the game.

An early report states a ligament torn in his right ankle; a similar injury suffered by Pittsburgh's goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury—Fleury has been missing action since December 6th.

Crosby should miss tomorrow's match up between the Montreal Canadiens and the Penguins at the Bell Centre tomorrow evening.

This is a huge loss for the Penguins and the league. The All-Star game is coming next week and without ''Sid the kid'' in the Eastern Conference lineup, the show will not be the same.

The loss to Tampa tonight also ends Ty Conklin's amazing streak of 10-0-1 in his first 11 starts in net for the Penguins.

The goaltender was phenomenal for any fantasy player but things could change now.

(Picture: Sidney Crosby, Getty images.)