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Sidney Crosby out minimum of six weeks after sports hernia surgery

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Sidney Crosby successfully underwent core muscle repair surgery that will sideline him for a minimum of six weeks, the Penguins announced Thursday.

It was reported earlier this week that Crosby was considering surgery after aggravating his injury in last Saturday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, and was ruled out from Tuesday night’s matchup with the New York Rangers.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 26: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks to face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning late in the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on May 26, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Crosby will be on the shelf for at least six weeks. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Penguins have faced copious injury issues already this season, and Crosby will join injured teammates Patric Hörnqvist and Kris Letang on the shelf.

The captain leads the Penguins with 12 assists and 17 points through 17 games this season despite a nagging sports hernia injury sustained in training camp.

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