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Tough night: Sidney Crosby slapped by linesman, takes stick to the crotch (GIFs)

On a night when Sidney Crosby scored his 100th point of the season (above) — the fifth time he has reached that statistical achievement in his career — during a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, assisting on a Chris Kunitz goal. But the superstar had a helluva time dealing with some unexpected shots to both his face and crotchal region.

As Crosby hopped over the boards for a shift, a linesman’s signal of no offsides inadvertently caught Crosby right upside the head. The linesman must have superhuman strength or hands of steel, as Crosby immediately flopped down to the ice.

Crosby was also on the receiving end of a stick to the crotch courtesy of Manny Malhotra. During a faceoff, Malhotra’s stick caught Crosby right in the groin, once again prompting Crosby to crumple to the ice…

…although in this instance, Crosby’s reaction was completely understandable.

There you have it. Congratulations to Sidney Crosby for his remarkable statistical accomplishment. Here’s a hand to the face and a stick to the crotch.

[H/T Next Impulse Sports, GIFs via SB Nation, @goldandorsmith]