Pens C Crosby Being Evaluated After Exiting Loss
The Pittsburgh Penguins failed to near out the New York Rangers in their Game 5 loss on Wednesday night, however their attention later on turned into at the loss of captain Sidney Crosby.
The Rangers won 5-three to slim the Penguins’ series lead to a few-2.
Game 6 is Friday night time in Pittsburgh. The question now could be whether or not Crosby, who is second inside the Stanley Cup playoffs in scoring with nine factors in 5 video games, can be available for that contest.
Crosby, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and a two-time Hart Trophy winner, changed into injured inside the 2nd length after taking a high hit from Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba. Crosby completed his closing shift with 6:50 left inside the period and did no longer go back.
Penguins teach Mike Sullivan said that Crosby was being evaluated and did no longer provide any information on the nature of the damage. As for the hit from Trouba, Sullivan said: “Did you notice the hit? You probably have the same opinion I do.”
With Crosby sidelined, the Rangers roared back from a 2-zero deficit to take a three-2 lead in the second duration. New York forward Filip Chytil’s strength-play intention within the 0.33 period broke a three-three tie and ended up as the sport winner.
The Rangers did not have the first-class start to Game five. Forward Chris Kreider and Trouba each took minor consequences 24 seconds into the game, however New York turned into capable of kill off the following two-guy advantage. The Penguins broke through at 10:28 of the first period, as forward Jake Guentzel amassed a rebound from in returned of the Rangers’ net and banked the p.c. off of goalie Igor Shesterkin’s skate and into the internet.
It became 2-zero Penguins at 7:58 of the second period, as Evgeni Malkin found Kris Letang for his first goal of the collection.
Pittsburgh become on top of things of the sport whilst Rangers defenseman Adam Fox sooner or later broke via at 15:11 of the second length to bring Madison Square Garden lower back to existence and reignite the New York offense. Rangers forward Alexis Lafreniere scored one minute and 30 seconds later to knot it. Trouba scored on a outstanding individual effort just one minute and 22 seconds after that to provide the Rangers a three-2 lead.
The birthday party became short-lived. Malkin, playing in Crosby’s spot, found Guentzel for his 2nd purpose of the sport and seventh of the playoffs to tie the sport three-three — just thirteen seconds after Trouba’s score.
The Rangers earned their first power play of the game inside the third period with defenseman Marcus Pettersson inside the container for interference. Chytil scored his first of the playoff on the ensuring power play, giving the Rangers the lead at 2:53 of the 1/3. Ryan Lindgren introduced an empty-netter, and the series shifted again to Pittsburgh — wherein Crosby’s popularity remains a thriller.
“We by no means want to peer a participant like that depart, but we have to discover a manner,” Guentzel stated. “He’s the satisfactory participant inside the global. That’s a lot of mins other men ought to take in. Next guy up.”