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NEW YORK — The hour struck 11 a.m. More than 12 hours after New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba extended his elbow to connect with Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby there has been no mention of a penalty from the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Multiple outlets, from the NY Post to Sportsnet, reported word that additional penalty will not be forthcoming.

Trouba’s elbow made direct impact with Crosby’s face.

The hit was at best reckless and at worst a continuation of a pattern of deliberately dangerous hits in the series and game by Trouba and New York defensemen. Earlier in the series, defender Ryan Lindgren knocked Penguins winger Rickard Rakell out of the series with a head shot.

Those are things that the NHL Department of Player Safety could have been included in a video, but apparently will not because there won’t be a video. No penalty. No fine. No suspension by the DoPS.

No surprise.

The Penguins comfortably led 2-0, and New York faced elimination until Trouba leveled the playing field by taking out Crosby. In the following moments, New York scored three goals in less than three minutes before the Penguins coaches could figure out new line combinations. New York won 5-3 to extend the series.

One can safely assume Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan disagrees with the decision. PHN asked Sullivan if he thought Trouba had intent to injure when he hit Crosby.

“Did you see the hit? … then you probably have the same opinion I do,” Sullivan responded.

It was a mouthful in less than 10 words for a coach who typically avoids public comment on controversial topics.

If you missed my take on the hit, I left little doubt where my opinion stands. The Pittsburgh Penguins had a series win taken away by an intentional injurious hit.

However, the league, which has denied a link between concussions and CTE, and frequently blames players for getting caught with their head down instead of the offending hitter who victimized a defenseless opponent, appears poised to turn another blind eye.

Game 6 on Friday at PPG Paints Arena should be interesting.

Thursday morning, Sullivan said Sidney Crosby would be reevaluated when the team arrived back in Pittsburgh on Thursday. However, Sullivan had no further updates.

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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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Paul
Paul
6 months ago

Best sport, worst league.

HarkeyPuck
HarkeyPuck
6 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Came here to say this

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
6 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Once a garage league, always a garage league.

Joe
Joe
6 months ago

Geez, stop crying. Crosby’s head was down and Trouba’s stick got caught up with Crosby, which caused his arm to go up. He didn’t elbow Crosby, his arm hit him more than anything. Refs have been sucking Penguin dick for almost two decades now. You’ll get over it

Hatrick Pornqvist
Hatrick Pornqvist
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Haha, the poor widdle wangers and their team dat can’t catch a bweak from da mean wefewees who always favor da big mawket teams like Pittsburgh over da smaw mawket teams like New York. Have a nap, Joe. We win cause our players are mega stars who play hockey the right way. Your only strategy in this series is headshots. And even without our best player, our top TWO goalies, our #2 Dman, and a 2nd line winger, we are gonna run you losers out of the building tomorrow night. By the way, Trouba has been doing this for YEARS.… Read more »

Bossman
Bossman
6 months ago

Crosby cries all game and was throwing body checks all game before he took one. The play was clean, unfortunately Sidney has concussion issues so doesnt matter the severity of the hit.

peter carter
peter carter
6 months ago

Rangers are the better team not your cry baby pens, who are one of the dirtiest teams around. If they are so good why did the Rangers own them in the regular season? Whats wrong? couldnt get a win from a ref like they did in game one?

Bob
Bob
6 months ago
Reply to  peter carter

Yeah maybe if they played Hockey and not gooning in up they’d be sitting at home now watching the rest of the playoffs.

Joe
Joe
6 months ago

I’m far from classless. As much as I hate Crosby, I would never want to see him get hurt as he is one of the best players in our generation. As a Ranger fan, I called Lundquist a flopper for years, so miss me with that nonsense. Watch the video, his stick gets caught up in Sid’s legs, probably should have been a tripping call… but you see the blade of his stick in the ice, which forces his hand up. Crosby was crouched and his head was down. Wildly unfortunate play and I’d never wish that on anyone. To… Read more »

Bob
Bob
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Why do you hate him? Is it because he’s not on your team? How can you hate one of the greatest players ever that makes Hockey interesting to watch and his ability and heart on the ice?

Scotto
Scotto
6 months ago

ha,ha,ha,ha….

Dean Rock
Dean Rock
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Douchebag. How about I elbow you in the head when you least suspect it?

Joe
Joe
6 months ago
Reply to  Dean Rock

he didnt elbow him in the head lol who elbows from that position? that’s his arm buddy, the elbow bone is point straight up. Watch the video, his stick gets between his legs (should have been a tripping call), his hand is on the top of his stick, since it’s pushed into the ice, it forces his arm up. Super unfortunate play, but this one was not intentional

Scotto
Scotto
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Joe, you hit nail on head. no pun intended. and way to keep cool on reply!

George
George
6 months ago
Reply to  Dean Rock

Brilliant Response. Um…thats sarcasm BTW

stephen Finn
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

joe, your dupid

Bob
Bob
6 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Yeah but if the shoe was on the other foot you’d be the first to whine about it!

Toolmn
Toolmn
6 months ago

You act as though you’re surprised by the verdict!?!?

Ilja
Ilja
6 months ago

Sickening.

My game plan – not that anybody’s asking: get the game firmly in hand by the start of the 3rd period and then unleash Friedman. With some help from Zucker, Kaspanen, and Boyle, somebody goes down hard.

Eye for an eye.

Panarin, Kreider, Shesterkin – head on a swivel, boys.

Sickening.

Katz is Dumb
Katz is Dumb
6 months ago
Reply to  Ilja

The target for any retaliation needs to be Shesterkin. The absence of any of the others doesn’t really change a game. Put Boyle out at the net front on the powerplay and have him deliberately fall on or push any Rangers on top of Shitforskin.

dschock42
dschock42
6 months ago
Reply to  Katz is Dumb

NO! “It’s pronounced eye-gor” gives us a chance to win if he stays in net. Go get one of the kids and see how the Rags like watching a promising career start to crumble early. Find Shesterkin during the regular season next year.

JPPPP
JPPPP
6 months ago
Reply to  dschock42

seriously?

THR
THR
6 months ago
Reply to  Katz is Dumb

Would love to see anyone of the Putzberg penguins try to target anyone on the Rangers. That would be a real treat.

Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly
6 months ago

I still think the hit on Guentzel was more egregious, if less injurious.

Mike
Mike
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike Donnelly

They have been high hitting all serious. Rangers do not know how to check properly. They have the biggest goon on their team

George
George
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike

If you’re referring to Reaves he’s had maybe 3 fighting majors all year and very few penalties….yeah…what a goon. He is there Just in case. So go ahead take a run at someone. Its called hockey. Big hits are thrown at star players…

mstar80
mstar80
6 months ago

Wow, big surprise! Is anyone shocked? I’m not. Paul said it best!

Steve
Steve
6 months ago

Like in-game officials, I guarantee they punish any retaliation. There is no good recourse when the league declines to act in these matters. I have said it before, fighting is no deterrence. If the league declines to act, the next step would be to ask “What would Matt Cooke do?” And, honestly, does that make the game better? No. But if players aren’t protected and you can headhunt other team’s best players without punishment, then that’s the question teams will ask and the answer will be a bigger problem for the league.

Tony Blair
Tony Blair
6 months ago

Cry more 😂😂😂

james e reuss
james e reuss
6 months ago

I would not show up to the game. If the league says that is ok to do, the team should boycott. Playoffs be damned, head hits should not be allowed. I’ve dealt with serious concussion issues for years and it is not ok.

I understand it’s a home game and that makes it harder for the players to boycott. It punishes the home fans.

ric jefferies
ric jefferies
6 months ago

NHL continues to panders to a segment of its audience that doesn’t have the mental acuity to appreciate the finer details of a great sport and as a result the game gets denigrated as a bunch of goons on skates. This style of play could end tomorrow if the league would really consider player safety first and the media would call such acts of violence what the are, felony assault, instead of money first. NHL is aiding and abetting criminal acts. I love hockey and checking is part of it but there is a line and refs and the NHL… Read more »

Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly
6 months ago
Reply to  ric jefferies

When you say, “a segment of its audience that doesn’t have the mental acuity to appreciate the finer details of a great sport …” you mean Rangers fans, right?

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2more
2more
6 months ago

Penguins and their tribe biggest bunch of cry babies on the planet.

stephen Finn
6 months ago
Reply to  2more

yo mama is

Steve
Steve
6 months ago
Reply to  2more

Can anybody direct me to the very calm and objective way that Rangers fans responded to Wilson injuring Panarin? I am sure there is evidence of that somewhere.

jackw
jackw
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Particularly after Panarin jumped on his back like a little coward and was outraged that Wilson tossed him down. The only time that Wilson’s ever been unfairly criticized.

Nancykralik
6 months ago
Reply to  2more

Sid takes a lot on the ice. As soon as he says something he is called crybaby. You are dealing with idiots Sid. Know it.

William Maloni
William Maloni
6 months ago

If the public can picket Kavanugh’s house over his Roe lies, they can picket George Parros home in nearby Washington, Pa., over his hypocrisy.

Frank
Frank
6 months ago

C’mon boys . . so you have been watching the NHL now for years AND you expect some punitive action on the Trouba hit? At retirement he will be sitting at broadcast desk yukking it up about similar hits offering how it is all part of the game. I have said it before. At some level the league wants this sort of play. It may come from their feeling that the “average” fan will tune in to see head hits more often than watch Crosby work his way up the ice past 3 defenders and make a back hand pass… Read more »

Jstripsky
Jstripsky
6 months ago

The NHLPA is as guilty as the NHL. Thugs take out skilled players. Thugs get fined/suspended. The NHLPA appeals the fine/suspension. Maybe they need to realize the stars drive revenue. Take the stars away and watch “hockey related revenue” go down and lower the salary cap.

Steve
Steve
6 months ago
Reply to  Jstripsky

The NHLPA has to represent the players. It’s their job. Even if it’s about a bad hit against another player.

Jstripsky
Jstripsky
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve

They seem to forget the guy who got hit deserves to be represented too. Or do they think that’s the NHL’s job?

Steve
Steve
6 months ago
Reply to  Jstripsky

No. The player is being possibly suspended by the league. They deserve representation. That’s thy unions job. It’s really simple. They have to do it. And they should do it. The union is not demanding the league hire the guy. He can always be demoted if he has a contract, or no longer signed. It’s always the league’s choice. But he must have representation.

Jstripsky
Jstripsky
6 months ago

Wondering if there will be more changes to the lineup….. Oh this young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country’s refusal to accept him, well, I guess that’s more than most 21-year-olds can handle… Ogie Ogilthorpe! Here’s a name for you nostalgia fans: Clarence “Screaming Buffalo” Swamptown. I’ll never forget an exclusive interview in which Swamptown revealed that he calls his hockey stick the “Big Tomahawk,” and he usually refers to the opposing players as “the little scalps”. Andre “Poodle” Lussier, defense. Andre, as you know,… Read more »

Steve
Steve
6 months ago

Every single fan base thinks the league, and refs, are out to get them. Every single fan base wants to deliberately hurt opposing players when this stuff happens. It appears the fans deserve the league. It’s embarrassing after a hit like that to decide intentionally injuring another player who had nothing to do with it is the way to go. Remember in s cup run, first round when Letang hit Stalberg in the face with his stick? Knocked a couple of teeth out. No penalty. Was the answer for some Ranger to do that to Crosby? Potentially hitting him in… Read more »

JDawg
JDawg
6 months ago

No worries. We are sending the Wahbulence to your office now!

Cal
Cal
6 months ago

Just effin garbage….Can you imagine if Lebron was taken out of the game by cheapshots…Rangers were headhunting all game. It is a total turnoff to the game. How does the league pretend this is ok? The rules of the game are there, call the effin penalties! The thing is that it hurts the league when marquee players go down, it makes no sense. And people are worried about fighting? Gimme a break. **So pissed after watching that game.

KSA
KSA
6 months ago

Problem is the pic above is being used by many as the “point of impact” but you can’t actually determine if his elbow struck his face or was inches away. Crosby’s body reacts the same way to any other big hit, head moves back first and body follows. You should check out the play from Crosby’s point of view. If you could take your Penguins hat off, you will find that the head was absolutely not the point of impact.

Logic wins
Logic wins
6 months ago
Reply to  KSA

If the head moves back first that was the point of impact. If you are hit below the head the first movement of the head is forward – learn physics. Same thing with the Rakell hit.

Andrew Bove’
Andrew Bove’
6 months ago

the Penguins need to crack the rangers best player across the face with a stick! Hitting a guy with an elbow is no less dangerous.

Joe
Joe
6 months ago

He didn’t get away with anything. That’s a clean hit. Whining about nonsense.

Dmann12
Dmann12
6 months ago

This article is the biggest load of crap I’ve read in a long time. I understand that you write for the Penguins but a little objectivity and professional please and apparently you’re also a psychic cause you know for a fact that the Penguins would’ve won that game.

Brandon
Brandon
6 months ago

it was a fine hit, he didnt leave his feet. Pens have gotten all calls this series. it would be 3-2 rangers if not for the refs

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
6 months ago

Sometimes I miss Joe Dziedzic.

JDawg
JDawg
6 months ago

I guess you Pansie whiners thought the crosscheck by Droopy Face to Rooney’s face was okay, right? Of course you do.

Nancykralik
6 months ago

Just too terrific a hockey player sid. They were out to get you. I am pulling for you and your head injury.

Katherine Verbeke
Katherine Verbeke
6 months ago

I cannot believe the idiotic and childish comments to this action. Trouba delberately was out to get Sid/Jake – his coach basically gave him a “license to kill” by calling the team soft the game before. Nor can I believe that there is no action by the league to even investigate the hit, reckless, intentional and injurious. I am disappointed in the league and the people who defend Trouba. Unfortunately, Mr. Trouba is the only one who knows his intent and he is not saying.

Katherine Verbeke
Katherine Verbeke
6 months ago

sorry for the error in typing, “deliberately”

Crazyhorse87
Crazyhorse87
6 months ago

The best way to beat the Rangers is playing the game right, stooping to their level will only get you unnecessary penalties and a higher chance of losing on home ice. The league likes to let the hits to go into vengeance mode, it’s unsportsmanlike, but they aren’t the ones on the ice. It does seem pointless to have superstars, when in the play-offs, they are targets of weak and pathetic unskilled players. GPG.

Mike
Mike
6 months ago

Who is the hea of players safety board? He is a moron. To allow these high hits to the head. He or this group needs to be fired after this season. Absolutely sickening.

Jaye Cantagallo
Jaye Cantagallo
6 months ago

You all need to stop with the physical payback idiocy.. the BEST Payback will be on the scoreboard GET THE RANGERS BY WINNING! would I like to see someone pound Trouba or Igor, absolutely, but that would take us away from the best sport.. definitely worst league and if I didn’t love it, I’d stop watching because of what they are doing to it.. the Neanderthal Goons need to be removed from the NHL powers that be and the joke of “Player Safety”! Those of us who love hockey need to make our voices heard.. not sure how but something… Read more »

Dean franks
Dean franks
6 months ago

So lets think this through. Geno gets a 4 game suspension for cross checking another player out of anger( everyone including fans know of Geno’temper) then u have jacob trouba try to intentionally take a player out of the game that could end as a carreer ending hit and the NHL turns a blind eye….
Wheres the justice…..the NHL should be ashamed of themselves.

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jake the snake roberts
jake the snake roberts
6 months ago

i was shocked trouba wasnt fined or suspended or imprisoned or even put in front of a firing squad. i mean you cant touch tom br…i mean sidney criesby like that wat is the world coming to

Sudesh
Sudesh
6 months ago

I hope someone is saving all the videos of these non-penalized egregious hits to use in a lawsuit against the NHL when retired players start showing signs of brain trauma.

marleau
marleau
6 months ago

Dont think if Probert were there this happened !