Sidney Crosby could not come back and play, and the Penguins gave no more updates on his health after he left. On Friday night in Pittsburgh, the Rangers could win 5-3 and extend the series to Game 6. We’ll see if the Penguins provide a post-game update on Crosby. Keep an eye on Game 6 since his situation could change.
With 5:43 remaining in the second period, the Penguins center-left during a television timeout about one minute later.
Penguins of Pittsburgh C In the second period of Game 5 of their first-round series in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Sidney Crosby is forced to leave the game against the New York Rangers.
The Sidney Crosby’s status
At 9:15 of the second period, Crosby was hard in the Rangers zone by defenseman Jacob Trouba. He tumbled to the ice, got up, and skated to the bench right away. He returned to the game for two more shifts before quitting.
After leaving in the second, Crosby did not return to the game against the Rangers in the third period. To begin the third, Malkin is centering Guentzel and Rust. With Crosby out for the third period, the Rangers could take a 4-3 lead on a Filip Chytil power-play goal.
Crosby series for the Penguins
Crosby series for the Penguins (two goals and seven assists). The following hit appears to be a dud. We could see the NHL take action against Jacob Trouba mostly because it’s Crosby, who has a history of concussions. Trouba has already been suspended for a head check on Mark Stone. So there’s that to think. Trouba could be here for a game or two.
Evgeni Malkin was spotted on the top line with Guentzel and Bryan Rust, filling in for Crosby. If Crosby cannot return, Malkin could be forced to double-shift for the majority of the third period. Pittsburgh has outscored New York 4-0 in the third period in the last two games, winning both. Game 1 of this series won the Penguins 4-3 in 3OT.
In Game 5, he has logged 15 shifts and 10:49 of ice time, including being on the ice for forwarding Jake Guentzel’s first goal, which gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead at 10:28 of the first period.
New York scored three goals in 2:42 after Crosby excited to grab a 3-2 lead, but Guentzel knotted it up at 3-3 with 1:54 left, 13 seconds after Trouba put the Rangers ahead.