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Update: Jarry, Crosby Skate but OUT for Game 6; Rakell a Game-Time Decision

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Pittsburgh Penguins, Tristan Jarry

Sidney Crosby and Tristan Jarry won’t play in Game 6.

UPDATE: Head coach Mike Sullivan said that Jarry was a full participant in the morning skate but won’t play in Game 6. Sullivan also said Crosby skated with skills coach Ty Hennes before the morning skate, which would seem to be a good sign that opens the door to appear in a Game 7, if necessary.

“When Tristan’s ready to play, and everybody feels comfortable that he’s ready, we’ll put him in the lineup,” Sullivan said of Jarry.

Sullivan also said Rickard Rakell, who participated in the morning skate but didn’t take part in line rushes, was a game-time decision.

Earlier this week, Jarry skated for the first time since suffering a suspected broken foot on April 14. This week, the Penguins No. 1 goalie made rapid progress from taking soft shots to real wristers from teammates on Friday morning during the Penguins morning skate.

The Penguins host the New York Rangers in Game 6 of their Round One series Friday night at PPG Paints Arena.

While it isn’t a guarantee and sometimes isn’t much of an indicator, Jarry took the starter’s net while Louis Domingue anchored it in the visitor’s end.

Jarry remained on the ice after the morning skate.

Jarry hasn’t faced live competition since his foot injury on April 14. Domingue is 3-2 with a .900 save percentage and 3.56 GAA. Penguins backup goalie Casey DeSmith suffered a lower-body injury in Game 1 and required core-muscle surgery. DeSmith is likely out until next season.

The Penguins lost Game 5 in New York despite leading 2-0 late in the second period. Captain Sidney Crosby was knocked out of the game by a high hit from Jacob Trouba. The Rangers were emboldened while the Penguins scrambled to replace Crosby in their lines.

New York scored three goals in less than three minutes, then used an early third period power play for the game-winner in a 5-3 win. The Penguins lead the series 3-2.

Trouba was not penalized by the NHL.

Jarry saw his first playoff action last season in Round One against the New York Islanders. Jarry stopped only .888 of the shots and had a 3.18 GAA. His performance was roundly criticized or defended as a playoff novice’s introduction to the big stage.

Sidney Crosby

All players except Crosby and Brian Dumoulin were on the ice for the 20-minute Pittsburgh Penguins morning skate.

Sullivan also said Dumoulin was continuing his rehab off the ice.

Crosby’s status has not yet been defined, other than “being evaluated for an upper-body injury” on Thursday. Evgeni Malkin played between Bryan Rust and Jake Guentzel for the remainder of Game 5. Head coach Mike Sullivan could put Brian Boyle in the middle of the fourth line or slide Evan Rodrigues into one of the pivot spots.

In the morning skate, Rodrigues took the second-line center spot with Danton Heinen and Kasperi Kapanen. Rodrigues also took the spot on the top power-play unit. This season, Rodrigues had 43 points, including 19 goals.

Malkin has five points (2-3-5) in five games this series, and PHN graded his defensive work well in Game 5.

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Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
5 days ago

Keep saving all these guys as they prepare for the golf season its sad that they had this series in the bag and now well lets just say when they go back to NY we know who to bet on also i notice very little changes in the lineup who will get mauled in the next game.

Zachary
Zachary
5 days ago
Reply to  Chase Cranson

You are the most pessimistic person on here. A person’s health and well being comes before anything else, even a playoff series.

We all have to remember these guys are normal human beings like us. Once they remove their jersey at the end of the day they are human beings. Their health and well being is more important than winning a game. I would like to see Crosby play, but I also don’t him to suffer a serious because of negligence in making him play when he probably shouldn’t have. The fact he skated with Ty Hennes, is positive news.

Jay95
Jay95
4 days ago
Reply to  Zachary

This! Rakell was definitely concussed so they’re taking their time. Sid either has a soft tissue injury from being twisted up, or had some concussion type symptoms the night of the game. I’m guessing that they were gone the next day if that’s the case and the skate this morning was just to see if they’d come back during (they didn’t seem to), or after the skate.

They have enough fire power to close it out tonight. If they don’t it’s more than likely that both Sid, Jarry, and Rakell are in for game 7.

Jay95
Jay95
4 days ago
Reply to  Chase Cranson

They’ve dominated the series so far in almost every single way. They’ve had 2 bad period and a couple minute stretch last game while figuring out the lines. This statement is completely absurd.

Crosby32746@yahoo.com
Crosby32746@yahoo.com
5 days ago

We win tonight! Win for Syd!!!

Natan
Natan
5 days ago

Fantastic news about Sid — probably means nothing serious, but precautionary. Sit him and get him ready for Game 7 if needed. I would love to see the Pens win tonight without him.

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Zachary
Zachary
5 days ago

I don’t think people need to be reminded 11 years ago when Crosby took the hit from Steckel in the Winter Classic and then played in a game four days later, and took another shot to the head, what happened. We didn’t see Crosby for almost a year.

As I said, one game is not worth a person’s well being. At this point, I’m sure Crosby learned a lesson from that and would rather play caution to the wind than risk permanent career ending injury if he plays in a game he shouldn’t.

Jay95
Jay95
4 days ago
Reply to  Zachary

Definitely. The unique thing is that, because of Sids injury, a ton of progress was made in understanding how other soft tissue injuries can have a concussion like effect. I ended up having a severe concussion 6 years ago and saw the same doctors. It was cool to see how much they learned. And, yeah, if he was having a headache the night of the game I’m guessing he woke up the next day fine and this is just making sure that he doesn’t react poorly to skating. If he doesn’t feel “off” he’ll be cleared and it was just… Read more »

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