The Pittsburgh Penguins failed to shut out the New York Rangers of their Recreation 5 loss on Wednesday evening, however their consideration afterward was on the lack of captain Sidney Crosby.
The Rangers gained 5-3 to slim the Penguins’ collection result in 3-2.
Recreation 6 is Friday evening in Pittsburgh. The query now could be whether or not Crosby, who’s second within the Stanley Cup playoffs in scoring with 9 factors in 5 video games, might be accessible for that contest.
Crosby, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and a two-time Hart Trophy winner, was injured within the second interval after taking a excessive hit from Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba. Crosby completed his final shift with 6:50 left within the interval and didn’t return.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan mentioned that Crosby was being evaluated and didn’t provide any info on the character of the damage. As for the hit from Trouba, Sullivan mentioned: “Did you see the hit? You most likely be in agreement I do.”
With Crosby sidelined, the Rangers roared again from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead within the second interval. New York ahead Filip Chytil’s power-play objective within the third interval broke a 3-3 tie and ended up as the sport winner.
The Rangers did not have one of the best begin to Recreation 5. Ahead Chris Kreider and Trouba each took minor penalties 24 seconds into the sport, however New York was capable of kill off the following two-man benefit. The Penguins broke by way of at 10:28 of the primary interval, as ahead Jake Guentzel collected a rebound from in again of the Rangers’ web and banked the puck off of goalie Igor Shesterkin’s skate and into the web.
It was 2-0 Penguins at 7:58 of the second interval, as Evgeni Malkin discovered Kris Letang for his first objective of the collection.
Pittsburgh was in command of the sport when Rangers defenseman Adam Fox lastly broke by way of at 15:11 of the third interval to convey Madison Sq. Backyard again to life and reignite the New York offense. Rangers ahead Alexis Lafreniere scored one minute and 30 seconds later to knot it. Trouba scored on an awesome particular person effort only one minute and 22 seconds after that to provide the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
The celebration was short-lived. Malkin, enjoying in Crosby’s spot, discovered Guentzel for his second objective of the sport and seventh of the playoffs to tie the sport 3-3 — simply 13 seconds after Trouba’s rating.
The Rangers earned their first energy play of the sport within the third interval with defenseman Marcus Pettersson within the field for interference. Chytil scored his first of the playoff on the guaranteeing energy play, giving the Rangers the lead at 2:53 of the third. Ryan Lindgren added an empty-netter, and the collection shifted again to Pittsburgh — the place Crosby’s standing stays a thriller.
“We by no means need to see a participant like that depart, however we’ve got to discover a manner,” Guentzel mentioned. “He is one of the best participant on this planet. That is loads of minutes different guys should take up. Subsequent man up.”