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Crosby, Bergeron, Price to miss Season Openers

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For long-suffering NHL fans, the wait is finally over. The NHL season gets underway tonight with four games. Tomorrow, the rest of the league will get going.

While it’s a time for fans to be full of optimism for the upcoming year, fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, and Montreal Canadiens got some rather sad news today.

It was announced Wednesday that Sidney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron, and Carey Price would all miss their respective team’s season openers on Thursday.

Bergeron and Price should not be out for too long. Bergeron is currently day-to-day with a lower-body injury and did not travel with the Bruins to Columbus for the season opener. However, there is no indication that his injury is serious or will require a lengthy recovery.

Price also did not travel with his team, the Canadiens, to Buffalo as he is dealing with the flu. The 2015 league MVP and Vezina Trophy winner has not practiced for the last three days.

Penguins fans, on the other hand, have to be holding their breath just a bit as Crosby is out with a concussion, the third one he’s sustained in the last six years. The 2016 Conn Smythe Trophy winner sustained the injury last Friday during a team practice.

He did practice with the team on Tuesday and Wednesday, but his participation was limited. According to reports, several teammates were slightly nervous when they learned about their captain’s diagnosis, given his history with concussions.

During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, the 29-year-old center missed 101 regular season games dealing with concussion-related issues.

Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan gave no indication on when Crosby could be expected back, saying,  “We’ll take it step-by-step and we’re following the guidance of our medical team, and we’ll go from there.”

Crosby expressed a similar sentiment, stating, “I think you understand you have to be patient and you have to make sure you listen to your body. If you’re ready, you’re ready. If not, you don’t take any chances.”

Pittsburgh opens their season at home Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports 2) against the Washington Capitals.

All three players participated in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in September, helping Team Canada to a gold medal.