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PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby isn't just dealing with the lingering effects of a concussion. A California doctor says the Penguins star also is recovering from a neck injury.

And Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, said he can't rule out the possibility that the injury could be to his vertebrae.

"There's been speculation that I really can't comment on at this point," Brisson said Saturday at the All-Star skills competition in Ottawa. "I can't rule it out. I don't know. I'm not a radiologist."

Crosby visited with neurological spine specialist Dr. Robert S. Bray in Los Angeles this week as he continues treatment for symptoms that resurfaced Dec.5 during a loss to Boston.

Crosby initially said he didn't sustain a concussion against the Bruins, but the team says Bray diagnosed Crosby with one and also discovered an unspecified neck injury. Bray told the team the neck injury is "fully healed."

The 2006-07 MVP missed more than 10 months after sustaining head shots in consecutive games in early January 2011. He returned on Nov. 21 and had 12 points in eight games before the symptoms resurfaced.

The team said Bray's findings will be evaluated by independent specialists.

General manager Ray Shero said in Ottawa that Crosby had returned from California and that he was "optimistic" Crosby will play again this season.

All-Star skills

OTTAWA - Patrick Kane's Superman cape and Zdeno Chara's blistering hot slap shot weren't enough to beat Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and his team stocked with hometown favorites, which beat Team Chara 21-12.

The Lightning's lone representative, NHL goal-scoring leader Steven Stamkos, scored on all three of his shots in the elimination shootout as Team Alfredsson easily clinched the victory in that event.

Kane, of Team Chara, wore Clark Kent glasses and had Blackhawks teammate Marian Hossa tie a Superman cape around his neck. Later, Kane used a mock puck which split in two when he took a slap shot.

"I think it was fun. That's what these events are for, to be creative," Stamkos said. "Patrick Kane has a pretty creative personality, and we saw that tonight. ... Obviously, if you're going to do something like that, this is the event to do it, and the crowd seemed to like it."

Stamkos was part of a winning relay team as well but was last in accuracy shooting.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Commissioner Gary Bettman said he's hopeful that a deal can be reached with one of three prospective buyers to keep the league-controlled Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. He said the price was not holding up the sale. ... Columbus was named the host for the 2013 All-Star Game. It will be the first time Ohio hosts the game.


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