Months after Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby was concussed, Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said he still heard questions.

Even in his native Sweden.

"A lot of guys asked me about the hit," Hedman said. "I said, 'It's tough to explain.' I just finished my hit, and that was the end of it for him for that season and the beginning of this season."

The hit, Jan. 5 in Pittsburgh, was more a shove from behind — though Hedman did leave his feet — but it was enough that Crosby's head hit the glass. He hasn't played since.

The story got new life with word that Crosby, who has been cleared for contact for a month, will not be in the lineup tonight at the St. Pete Times Forum.

"You don't want to be on the spot where you end someone's career," Hedman said Wednesday. "But he's on the way back, and that's a good thing to see."