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NEW YORK — After a night to sleep on it, reflect and rewatch replays from all conceivable angles, our top story this morning: Jacob Trouba’s hit on Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is still dirty. Perhaps Garret Morris could shout it. It was an unpenalized attack meant to end the game for the dominant player and give the losing Rangers a chance. The NHL has not yet announced a hearing, penalty, or time for Trouba’s public stockade. The New York Rangers won Game 5 by any means necessary, 5-3. The Washington Capitals had a lead, but the Florida Panthers rallied for a Game 5 win and a 3-2 series lead.

My anger is disappointment in the game. Again, hockey fans are saying, “This is why we can’t have nice things.”

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Dave Molinari’s postgame. There were three goals in less than three minutes, an injured Sidney Crosby, and a new series. Pittsburgh Penguins postgame.

The hit and the damning still frame from noted Canadian reporter John Shannon. Sidney Crosby hit.

As you may have guessed, I have thoughts. I’ve covered the game for 20 years, and I’ve seen a few things. I know the difference between a mistake in the moment and a headhunter. The officials failed the game, and the underbelly of the ugly NHL culture roared. The Pittsburgh Penguins had one stolen.

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Florida Hockey Now: Carter Verhaeghe had a big night, which sparked a comeback win. George Richards is calling Verhaege “Swagieux” after Mario Lemieux. Fun read — Florida Panthers lead 3-2.

Washington Hockey Now: The flip side of the Panthers surge was the Capitals’ collapse. Nick Backstrom was not a happy camper, “We gave that game away.” Washington Capitals disgust.

NHL.com: It’s been 10 years since former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero passed on Filip Forsberg at the 2012 NHL to select an offensive defenseman who enjoyed life, Derrick Pouliot, despite this reporter’s near insistence to select Forsberg. Now, Forsberg is a UFA

Vancouver: There’s been some drama surrounding Bruce Boudreau. He’s still not officially the permanent head coach of the Canucks. Boudreau dished the inside dirt to our Rob Simpson about his Vancouver Canucks tenure.

Calgary: Mangiapane cooked up a third period comeback, and the Calgary Flames are rolling.

Montreal: First–for those who didn’t see it, Gary Bettman’s reaction to the NHL Draft Lottery has Canadiens fans belly laughing. Montreal Canadiens lottery.

Man, that hit was dirty. Roger Nielsen would have been proud.

Philly: Speaking of dirty…I kid, I kid. With the fifth overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers select…

Colorado: Will the Avalanche be rusty after sweeping Nashville and waiting for Round Two? What are the rules for getting your name on the Cup? Adrian Dater’s Colorado Avalanche mailbag.

San Jose: The latest on the GM search for the San Jose Sharks.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Chris R
Chris R
6 days ago

Been waiting for that to happen. It was predictable and despicable—and why Bettman needs to go. Personally I think he deserves jail time for all the players injured under his watch because he refuses to set a standard of behavior or apply the rules consistently (and has a thug running the DPS).

Ethan
Ethan
6 days ago

Just in from the NHL this morning–the next expansion team will be based in Louisville. Rumor has it they will be called the Kentucky Headhunters. No need for the league to pretend they care about player’s brains anymore. Yeah I slept on it, but I still woke up pissed off!

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
6 days ago

No Sid series is over fay fat lady is ready to sing

mstar80
mstar80
6 days ago

They won’t fine or suspend Trouba. He tried to take out Jake 20 seconds in with a headshot, then moved on to Sid when they were down 2-0 with the 2nd period was almost over. Parros is a joke and the league has no standard for headshots. Malkin was pretty dumb to cross-check a guy in the face with Sid out. I don’t get why he can’t skate away during the playoffs and pick his spots. Sid won’t play on Friday, but Trouba will.

Ethan
Ethan
6 days ago
Reply to  mstar80

Not how Malkin is wired. Doesn’t always respond properly but the dude does stand up for himself. If league won’t protect players, then you put it in their hands. Sometimes a stick is still going to be in there. Speaking of which, remember now that Crosby took the butt of a stick after face-off earlier in game–hope his issue is not from multiple blows.

pat
pat
5 days ago
Reply to  Ethan

So a stick is fine to the head but a check to a guy while skating with his head down is not. I guess you forgot about taking a cheap shot at Igor. Your excuse for Malkin is that he isn’t wired that way?????? It was a questionable hit by Truba- it was a blatant attack by Malkin with a weapon. It was an uncalled for run at the Rangers superstar that never happens in hockey.

Pat
Pat
6 days ago
Reply to  mstar80

It’s weird how people can see the same thing but have a completely different view. I don’t think it was a dirty hit. Trouba slows, doesn’t run him over, nor did he leave his feet. Crosby had his head down, and knees bent when he was hit by Trouba’s arm, not his elbow. And Trouba hit him in the shoulder first, then his face. Now, it does appear he stuck his arm out a bit, but not in such a way to make him appear he was head hunting… Just my viewpoint…

Katz is Dumb
Katz is Dumb
6 days ago
Reply to  Pat

The still shot of the hit proves your viewpoint completely wrong.

Pat
Pat
6 days ago
Reply to  Katz is Dumb

Really? It’s a good thing you’re opinion is just that, because the league won’t even hold a hearing. But it’s was such an obvious dirty hit I thought! But you know better, right? Great non call by the league, who finally got one right.

pat
pat
5 days ago
Reply to  Pat

Did you see Malkin’s cross check to the face of Rooney? The numerous spears after plays were over or the hit on Igor? Reading this is humorous. they worry about a hit on a guy that was shoulder led with an arm out at the end. Malkin needs to be suspended for repeatedly attacking people with a weapon.

Jack Mehoff
Jack Mehoff
6 days ago

Another whiny article about the same clean hit?

Alan Smith
6 days ago
Reply to  Jack Mehoff

Love that clean hit comment! Wish we could see you take that hit!

Ethan
Ethan
6 days ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

Would you expect anything else from a guy with that classy login name! Probably can’t even skate let alone take an elbow like Sid!

pat
pat
5 days ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

Im sure Rooney can since he ate a Malkin stick.

Last edited 5 days ago by pat
D1khed
D1khed
5 days ago
Reply to  pat

Malkin shoulda took all his teeth with it. Wouldve been an improvement

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