Penguins star Sidney Crosby out 6 weeks after core surgery

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Jaroslav Halak, Sidney Crosby

Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save on a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penguins star Sidney Crosby will be out at least six weeks after what the team said was a successful core muscle injury repair Thursday.

General manager Jim Rutherford says the procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.

The 32-year-old Crosby leads the team in scoring with five goals and 12 assists in 17 games despite dealing with a sports hernia since training camp.

The two-time MVP left a 3-2 shootout win over Chicago on Nov. 9 in the third period. He got tangled up with Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson and moments later took a shot from Gustafsson that smacked off his right foot.

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