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NHL has a bizarre explanation for why Sidney Crosby wasn't evaluated for a concussion after crashing head-first into the boards

The NHL's concussion protocols are under fire after Sydney Crosby took a nasty spill into the boards and was not removed from the game for evaluation during the Pittsburgh Penguins' Game 6 loss to the Washington Capitals.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, most assumed that the NHL's concussion "spotters" had failed to recognize a potential head injury for Crosby, especially considering this came just one game after he had returned from a concussion suffered earlier in the series that caused him to miss Game 4.

However, according to the NHL, the reason Crosby wasn't pulled from the game and given a concussion evaluation wasn't because the spotters missed it, but rather because crashing into the boards is not defined as a "mechanism of injury" that would allow them to do so.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 01: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on May 1, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 01: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins lays on the ice injured after being cross checked in the head during the first period against the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on May 1, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 1: Pittsburgh Penguins Center Sidney Crosby (87) lies on the ice after getting a cross-checked by Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) (not pictured) during the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round in the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 1, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 1: Pittsburgh Penguins Center Sidney Crosby (87) receives medical attention after getting a cross-checked by Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) (not pictured) during the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round in the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 1, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 1: Pittsburgh Penguins Center Sidney Crosby (87) receives medical attention after getting a cross-checked by Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) (not pictured) during the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round in the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 1, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 1: Pittsburgh Penguins Center Sidney Crosby (87) skates off the ice after getting a cross-checked by Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) (not pictured) during the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round in the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 1, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 1: Pittsburgh Penguins Center Sidney Crosby (87) skates past the Penguins bench after getting hit by Matt Niskanen (not pictured) during the first period. The Washington Capitals won 3-2 in overtime of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 1, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 1: Pittsburgh Penguins Center Sidney Crosby (87) goes off the ice after getting hit by defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) (not pictured) during the first period. The Washington Capitals won 3-2 in overtime of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 1, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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A.J. Perez and Kevin Allen of USA Today spoke with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly who explained that the way the guidelines are written for the spotters, Crosby's crash into the boards did not meet the criteria for a concussion evaluation.

"Depending on the mechanism of injury, 'slow to get up' does not trigger mandatory removal," Daly told USA Today "The protocol has to be interpreted literally to mandate a removal. 'Ice' as compared to 'boards' is in there for a reason. It's the result of a study on our actual experiences over a number of years. 'Ice' has been found to be a predictor of concussions -- 'boards' has not been."

In other words, a player hitting their head on the ice is a trigger for a concussion evaluation but hitting their head on the boards is not.

Yikes.

USA Today also spoke with Chris Nowinski from the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a group committed to "protecting athletes" and "solving the concussion crisis." Nowinski sounded dumbfounded by the policy.

"[The league has] a poorly written policy that should be amended before the puck is dropped in another NHL game," Nowinski said. "Any head contact is a possible mechanism of injury. I can't believe we have to say that in 2017."

It would seem that the NHL's concussion policy needs its own evaluation.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals lays on the ice after being injured in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a first period goal past Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on April 14, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 4-1 to take a 2-0 series lead. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 13: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks is tripped by Viktor Arvidsson #38 of the Nashville Predators in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cuo Playoffs at the United Center on April 13, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Predators defeated the Blackhawks 1-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers gets the stick up on Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens during the third period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 16, 2017 in New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: Bobby Ryan #9 of the Ottawa Senators reacts after scoring against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins during overtime in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 17, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - APRIL 14: Alexander Radulov #47 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his overtime goal with teammates against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on April 14, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a save in the third period against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 17: Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (56) scores on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the first overtime during game three of the quarter-final round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks, held on April 17, 2017, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - APRIL 17: Brandon Montour #71 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the Calgary Flames during Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 17, 2017 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - APRIL 17: Alex Chiasson #39 of the Calgary Flames shoves Brandon Montour #71 of the Anaheim Ducks during Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 17, 2017 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 17: Marcus Kruger #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks is called for holding against Harry Zolnierczyk #26 of the Nashville Predators in Game Three of the Western Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 17, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 17: Tyler Bozak #42 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates his game winning goal in the 1st overtime against the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on April 17, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Capitals 4-3 in overtime and take a 2-1 series lead.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 17: Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask gets slammed into the net by Senators Jean-Gabriel Pageau in the third period. The Ottawa Senators visit the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden in Boston on April 17, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins hits Ryan Dzingel #18 of the Ottawa Senators into the boards in the second period against the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 17, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 17: Boston Bruins player Ryan Spooner gets checked into the Ottawa Senators bench by Senators player Zack Smith in the third period. The Ottawa Senators visit the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden in Boston on April 17, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO. - APRIL 16: Linesman Trent Knoor (63) separates St. Louis Blues leftwing Zach Sanford (82) and Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) during game 3 of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues on April 16, 2017, at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EDMONTON, AB - APRIL 30: Goalie John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers in Game Three of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on April 30, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save as Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals players battle for the puck in the first period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Pittsburgh Penguins won, 3-2. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers scores a third period goal against Mike Condon #1 of the Ottawa Senators in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 4, 2017 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Senators 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - APRIL 29: Dion Phaneuf #2 and Mike Hoffman #68 of the Ottawa Senators celebrate their overtime win as Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers sates off the ice in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre on April 29, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 30: Viktor Arvidsson #38 of the Nashville Predators battles for the puck against David Perron #57 and Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Three of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 30, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 2: Ryan Ellis #4 makes a save in the crease with Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators against Vladimir Tarasenko #91and Jaden Schwartz #17 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Four of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 2, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - MAY 19: Clarke MacArthur #16 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his goal in the second period on goaltender Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre on May 19, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 21: Scott Wilson #23 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates after scoring a goal against Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators during the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on May 21, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 22: Colton Sissons #10 celebrates a goal by Austin Watson #51 of the Nashville Predators against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period in Game Six of the Western Conference Final during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 29: Bryan Rust #17 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates a goal past Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators in Game One of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena on May 29, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 29: A light show is displayed on the ice prior to the first period between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators of Game One of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena on May 29, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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