One hit has drastically changed the 2017 NHL playoffs, and the one hit we're talking about happened during Game 3 of the Penguins and Capitals series.

Intentional or not, Matt Niskanen's hit on Sidney Crosby forced him to leave the game and Tuesday, Mike Sullivan announced Sid would miss Game 4 with a concussion.



BREAKING: #SidneyCrosby has a concussion and will miss Game 4. For more, visit

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Players, fans, media members, and coaches have all shared their opinion on the hit since Monday's game, and the opinions are all very different.



What do you think of #Niskanen's cross-check that forced #Crosby to leave the game?

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Wednesday ahead of Game 4 in Pittsburgh, the words and opinions continued to fly as Phil Kessel responded to comments made by Jay Beagle.

Beagle was then asked about Kessel calling him an idiot and his response was wonderful:


Phil #Kessel is feeling feisty before Game 4.

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So, in case you're having a hard time following along with this epic war of words, Kessel called Beagle an idiot and Beagle wants to settle their differences in 'Mario Kart.'

Well, Game 4 should be a ton of fun, especially considering Washington could tie the series with a win or the Penguins can all but end it with a victory with their best player.