Report: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby to have wrist surgery

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby is set to have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist to repair damage that "impeded his performance in the postseason," reports Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The newspaper cited a source close to Crosby, who said the injury "is not major, but you can't play the same way."

Crosby, who was named the league's Most Valuable Player, led the NHL with 104 points (36 goals and 68 assists) in 80 regular season games but had only one goal in 13 playoff games.

The Penguins were ousted by the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, which led to the franchise cleaning house, firing coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero.

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It was the fifth season in a row in which the Penguins were beaten by a lower-seeded team in the playoffs. 

-Scooby Axson

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