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Crosby Leaves Game 5 After Questionable Hit by Trouba

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NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Penguins had full control of Game 5 and the New York Rangers’ elimination midway through the second period. However, New York defenseman Jacob Trouba delivered a high hit on Sidney Crosby, which knocked the Penguins captain out of the game.

Crosby left the ice with a bit more than five minutes left in the second, and New York swarmed.

UDPATE: Crosby did not return for the third period.

Without Crosby, the effect was almost immediate. The Penguins had to shuffle their lines. Initially, Jeff Carter played between Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust, but Evgeni Malkin took the spot after a shift.

There was no penalty called, but as you will see below, there was clear intent.

Spirits raised with the opportunity, and New York scored three goals in 2:42 to erase a 2-0 deficit and replace it with a 3-2 lead.

Adam Fox, Alexis Lafreniere, and Trouba scored in succession, and the press box at Madison Square Garden swayed as New York fans shook the arena.

However, the Penguins answered the third goal quickly. Evgeni Malkin circled the Rangers net and dished to an open Jake Guentzel (7), who scored his second goal of the game.

The teams entered their rooms tied 3-3.

The Pittsburgh Penguins lead the Round One series 3-1, and a Penguins win would eliminate the New York Rangers. If New York wins, Game 6 is in Pittsburgh on Friday.

 

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Rob
Rob
4 days ago

Are you freaking serious?!?!?

Uros
Uros
4 days ago

So that’s playoff hockey. Take out Rakell, take out Crosby… Hell why not go head hunting for others? There are no consequences after all. And don’t tell me my team should take out some of those jealous, untalented punks. They’re not worth it and will be beaten anyhow.

Jason
Jason
4 days ago
Reply to  Uros

You ran over shesterkin with 2 minutes left in game 2 down by 3 with Cindy planted on the bench.

Rob
Rob
4 days ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

It must be 2006 again

Jay95
Jay95
4 days ago
Reply to  Jason

Shesterkin completely kicked his skate out at Carter. And, in this case Trouba both tripped and elbowed Sid. Watch this video for closer detail.

https://streamable.com/8r2znz

Anthony Corrado
Anthony Corrado
4 days ago
Reply to  Jason

Thats ridiculous.
The way hes playing we did you a favor.
If that REALLY HAPPENED!

Rob
Rob
4 days ago
Reply to  Uros

Also, going after their players won’t bring back Sid, so its pointless. The players know there are no consequences for hits like this so Trouba gets away with it.

Fredrick
Fredrick
4 days ago

I hope we move forward this playoff season. I do wish we had some players of our own to make some people pay after these hits in this game. To level the playing field. #SignEKane

Paul
Paul
4 days ago

Adam Graves, Part 2.

Dan
Dan
4 days ago

Another reason I hate the Rangers! Don’t worry, it will be another 50 years before they possibly raise the cup! Let’s go Pens!

Jstripsky
Jstripsky
4 days ago

Can someone send Matt Cooke’s phone number to Hextall?

Sudesh
Sudesh
4 days ago

Goons gonna goon…

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