Concussion spotter couldn't pull Crosby for hitting boards

The Penguins held a 3-1 lead in the series, but the Capitals fought off elimination in Game 5 and then dominated the Pens in Game 6.

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Following concern about Sidney Crosby's health after he crashed into the boards dangerously in Monday's Game 6 and played on, the Pittsburgh Penguins' star clarified Tuesday how it was decided he stay on the ice. "Certainly, to not recognize the experiences that this group has gone through and the success that that this group has enjoyed and how they've overcome those challenges, I think we would be remiss not to share those experiences". "What you're talking about is the difference between checking with the doctor and entering the concussion protocol".

Fine. Crosby said he was checked by a doctor between the first and second periods.

It should be a Game 7 for the ages. It's going to be the toughest game of the series. If he's good but they're bad at allowing high danger chances and keeping the puck out of the defensive zone for long stretches, that's just not a way to win against a strong team. The impact might not have been on Monday's game, which the Capitals won easily. They mustered just 18 shots on goal, and only six came in the first two periods.

Andre Burakovsky has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-14 at even-strength over the past two games, scoring two goals with an assist. The play occurred with 2:14 to go in the first period. Oshie snipe on the power play for his first goal of the series. More importantly, they limited Pittsburgh's counter attack game until permitting a pair of four-on-four goals in the game's waning minutes.

It's the second straight season the Capitals won the Presidents' Trophy for the NHL's best regular-season record but exited in the second round of the playoffs.

From the first drop of the puck, it was the Caps' night. [Monday], we weren't able to do any of that. An 8-year-old at the time, he was already hooked on the game and the guys in the red, white and blue sweaters.

PENS AGAIN: The Capitals began Wednesday night's game flying under a thunderous chorus of "Let's go, Caps!" And Pittsburgh goes from being on the verge of moving on to the third round to being suddenly confronted with its own postseason mortality, having failed twice now to extinguish the Capitals. The Penguins have outscored the Capitals 12-3 in winning the previous three Game 7s.

The Capitals have gotten back to playing loose, which was the goal after Game 4.

"I don't know if there is any hump to get over", Trotz said of Game 7.

This past October, the NHL announced updates to its concussion protocol, the centrepiece of which was a new staff of "Central League Spotters" that would monitor all contests from the NHL's Player Safety Room in NY. How many goals have they given up?

One problem. The Capitals didn't actually make the playoffs that spring, finishing last in the Patrick Division instead.

"I mean, there shouldn't be any wondering about it", Crosby said. But I'd say it's built over the course of the entire year. “We can sit here and I can explain for 10 minutes what concussion protocol is and all that stuff but I dont really want to do it.”. Every game is always different in a series; there are changes all over the place. There are studies that outline the impact of repeated blows to the head that result in concussions, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Not so, the league maintains, because Crosby's head smashed into the boards, not the ice. If Matt Murray were healthy, he would be replacing Fleury for Game 7. They carried over their stellar play from the third period of Game 5 and immediately took control in the form of a T.J.

"I'm not sure if I believe in momentum from game to game", Niskanen said. The eyes of the hockey world will be on Washington on Wednesday. We have seen his mac and cheese brain get destroyed in this series.

For one thing, even with good management, they'll likely lose a chunk of their talent surplus. We still have our back against the wall. "We just kept going".

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