That thunderclap you thought you heard last night across the NHL landscape?...It wasn't thunder, it was Sidney Crosby crashing into the end boards at Mellon Arena in the first period of a 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Any Caps fan who has been around for a few years had two words come to mind in seeing the play or hearing the news...
Fortunately for the Penguins, their fans, and the league, not to mention Crosby himself, the injury does not appear to be as serious as that which effectively ended Peake's career.
But the nature of the injury -- initially diagnosed as a "high ankle sprain -- is hard to pin down in terms of when the injured party can return to duty.
The Penguins have some recent experience in that area, as the case of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury continues along its own uncertain path. This is the context that probably has Penguin Nation even more concerned than had it just been The Franchise skidding into the boards. That Fleury is not back, does not seem close to coming back, and is not sure when he'll come back is backdrop to what might be concerns over whether Crosby might suffer a similarly lengthy absence from the ice, especially since skating is such a large weapon in his considerable repertoire.
The folks over at the Fanhouse take a look at the incident and the nature of the "syndesomosis ligament injury." And, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, he will be re-evaluated today.
As odd as it might sound, while this sort of sprain is often more serious than the common ankle sprain, it might have ended a lot worse.
The way it did for Peake...in Pittsburgh.
Hurry back, Sid.