Sidney Crosby did not return after sending off a hard blow in Wednesday night’s playoff game against the New York Rangers.
Captain Pittsburgh Penguins was sent off permanently at 6:50 in the second period after absorbing a hard hit from Rangers defender Jacob Trouba.
Pittsburgh led 2-0 in a potential closing game when Crosby was sent off to the locker room. Things worked out in his absence.
The Rangers scored three goals in 2:42 minutes and took a 3-2 lead in the second period. However, the Penguins needed 13 seconds to tie 3-3.
Filip Chytil led the Rangers in the third period at 2:53 and added an empty net. 5-3 win And forcing Game 6 back in Pittsburgh. Penguin still leads the series 3-2.
But now I have a question about Crosby’s availability.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan hasn’t revealed much after the game other than that Crosby is being assessed for an upper body injury. Sullivan strongly hinted that he wasn’t a fan of the hit.
When reporters asked about the play, Sullivan said, “Did you see the hit? You must be thinking the same thing as me.”
As usual, Crosby was the driving force behind the 3-1 series lead at the Penguins. The 34-year-old Stanley Cup champion has scored two goals and provided seven assists in the first four games of the series.
Game 6 is Friday night in Pittsburgh with the penguins aiming for their first series win since 2018. All eyes will be on this superstar’s health for a long time to come.
Panda 5, Capital 3
SUNRISE, Fla. – Carter Verhaeghe set a Florida postseason record with a five-point night, and the Florida Panthers escaped a three-goal deficit, beating the Washington Capitals 5-3 and taking a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference first. Round series Wednesday night.
Sergei Bovrovski blocked 28 shots for Florida, who were behind 3-0 in the second period. Verhaeghe has 2 goals and 3 assists for the Panthers.
Patric Hornqvist, Claude Giroux and Sam Reinhart also scored for the Panthers while Aleksander Barkov had two assists.
TJ Oshie scored two goals for Washington with a goal from Justin Schultz and two assists from Yevgeny Kuznetsov. Ilya Samsonov made 33 shots.
Verhaeghe broke the Panthers’ playoff scoring record set by Ray Sheppard on a four-point night on April 22, 1996. This is the last and only season the Panthers have won a playoff series.
They can change on Friday, when Game 6 takes place in Washington. Game 7 will return to Florida on Sunday if necessary.
– AP communication