The New York Rangers know the Pittsburgh Penguins’ biggest weapon is captain Sidney Crosby and they didn’t let up on the star player in Game 5 of their first-round series on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Crosby took a hard hit from Jacob Trouba with 10:45 remaining in the second period, fell to the ice, popped up and skated towards the bench. He played two more shifts before going to the dressing room with 5:43 remaining in the frame and did not return for the remainder of the contest.
With Crosby out of the game, the Rangers erased a 2-0 deficit and quickly took a 3-2 lead with Adam Fox, Alexis Lafreniere and Trouba each finding the back of the net. New York went on to claim a 5-3 victory and force a Game 6 back in Pittsburgh on Friday.
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan did not provide a concrete update on Crosby’s status after the game, saying he was being evaluated for an upper-body injury. When asked if he thought Trouba’s hit was malicious, Sullivan offered the following:
“Did you see that hit? You probably have the same opinion as I do.”
Crosby leads the Penguins with nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the series. The entire NHL community will be holding its breath waiting for a more definitive update on his status.
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