Sidney Crosby finally broke through with a goal against the Ottawa Senators in Game 3, but it wasn’t anywhere near enough in a 5-1 loss for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs sometimes seem like a battle of attrition, and there’s no denying that the Penguins have been hit as hard by injuries as any team in the postseason. Crosby is no exception.
With that and just the sheer volume of hockey he’s played in mind, Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury wonder if number 87 is simply getting worn out. Is he 100 percent, whether it be a matter of injuries, fatigue or some combination?
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The celebration was muted, and justifiably so.
Sidney Crosby‘s first goal of the Eastern Conference Final did little to change the scope of Game 3, as it merely slimmed the Ottawa Senators’ lead from 5-0 to 5-1.
Still, some might argue that it could mean something for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the series as a whole. It was a rare goal for Crosby and broke a bit of a slump for the team’s power play, too.
If nothing else, the questions about Crosby won’t revolve around him being pointless. Yes, it’s about small victories for the Penguins tonight.
Sidney Crosby wasn’t evaluated for a concussion during Monday’s Game 6 between the Penguins and Capitals, despite a dangerous head-first crash into the end boards in the first period.
That is according to multiple reports quoting coach Mike Sullivan, after the Penguins were crushed 5-2 by the Capitals, which forces a seventh and deciding game in this second round series.
The Penguins captain and the face of the entire NHL has a history of concussions, including his most recent one suffered exactly one week ago when he was cross checked in the head during Game 3.
On Monday, Crosby took a stick to the face in the first few minutes of the opening period. He went to the bench and received repairs but stayed in the game. Later in the period, Crosby went crashing into the boards after he came into contact with the left pad of Braden Holtby while chasing a puck near the Washington net.
And yet, he remained on the ice to finish his shift and, despite slowly getting back to his skates, he stayed in the game — a development that raised plenty of criticism on social media for the league’s concussion protocol.
Although, there seems to be somewhat conflicting messages between Sullivan and Crosby.
One week after suffering a concussion on a cross check to the face, Sidney Crosby went crashing head first into the end boards late in the opening period of Game 6.
The incident occurred as Crosby was chasing down a loose puck near the Capitals net. He came into contact with Braden Holtby‘s left pad, causing Crosby to crash heavily into the boards with two other players.
He was very slow getting back up, but he did stay on the ice for the remainder of the shift.
Prior to that, Crosby took an inadvertent stick to the face behind the net and was slow off the ice. He did get repairs at the bench and remained in the game.
Crosby suffered his latest concussion early in Game 3 of this series. He missed Game 4 entirely, but returned for Game 5 after coach Mike Sullivan announced his star player had passed the baseline concussion test.
Per PHT’s Adam Gretz, Crosby has come back out for the second period.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will get a huge boost to their lineup, as they look to eliminate the Washington Capitals in Game 5 at Verizon Center.
Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary missed Game 4 due to concussions but it has been announced that both forwards will be in the lineup for the Penguins in Saturday’s contest, having passed baseline tests prior to this game.
Despite missing Crosby and Sheary in Game 4, the Penguins had a great start, got some luck in the second period and then held on to defeat the Capitals, sending this series back to Washington with a 3-1 lead and a chance to once again knock out the Presidents’ Trophy winners in the second round.
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Here’s a look at the Penguins’ forward combinations during the pre-game skate.
Prior to his injury early in Game 3, Crosby had been having a terrific post-season. He had been particularly strong with four points through the opening two games of this series.