NEW YORK -- A decision on how to deal with the injury that has forced Sidney Crosby out of the Penguins' lineup is likely to come "soon," according to a source familiar with the situation.
The source cautioned, however, that there is no firm timetable for doing so, and declined to confirm that Crosby has a sports hernia. Dejan Kovacevic reported Tuesday that Crosby had gone to Philadelphia to visit a core specialist, a doctor who specializes in diagnosing such an injury, and similar ones.
Penguins officials have consistently declined to comment on Crosby's situation, other than repeated statements from Mike Sullivan that he is continuing "to be evaluated."
The team is not expected to say anything publicly until it receives confirmation of the nature of his injury and recommendations from medical professionals on the best way to handle it.
Crosby left the Penguins' 3-2 shootout victory against Chicago at PPG Paints Arena last Saturday after his skate got caught in the ice after he got a one-handed shove from Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson.
Team officials, in keeping with their usual approach, will say only that he is being treated for an unspecified lower-body injury.
The Penguins' 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden was the first game Crosby has missed this season.
He is the Penguins' leading scorer, with five goals and 12 assists in 17 games, and has received widespread praise for his two-way play since the earliest days of the season. If reports that Crosby has been dealing with his injury since training camp prove to be accurate, it makes his performance through the first quarter of this season all the more impressive.