My column discusses Sidney Crosby's goal-scoring slump, which got broken when he netted a second-period breakaway last night.

Crosby is fortunate that his slump is all that got broken.

Witness the New York Rangers' Marc Staal cross-checking Crosby in the neck, then slashing him in the head. No penalty.

As someone also sidelined for a lengthy period by a concussion, you'd think Staal would have more respect.

The NHL won't do anything. Crosby is the league's best player and top asset. But the NHL thinks that a cross-check to Crosby's neck during the playoffs is an accepted part of hockey. It's a man's game, you're out there competing, blah, blah, blah.

I'm not outraged. I'm numb. The NHL is hockey's worst enemy.