Crosby leaves in 2nd period of Penguins’ 5-3 loss in Game 5

Thursday, May 12, 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins were leading 2-0 in Game 5 of their first-round series against the New York Rangers when star center Sidney Crosby headed to the dressing room with about seven minutes left in the second period Wednesday night.

Minutes earlier, he was knocked to the ice after a hard high hit from Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba while the Penguins had the puck in the offensive zone. Following his departure, New York scored three times on three consecutive shots over a 2:42 span to take the lead.

Asked if he thought there was intent on Trouba’s hit, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan simply replied, “Did you see it? Then you probably have the same opinion I do.”

Sullivan said Crosby had an upper body injury and his status was being evaluated.

Game 6 is Friday in Pittsburgh, and a potential deciding Game 7 would be Sunday back at Madison Square Garden.

Pittsburgh tied it 13 seconds after the Rangers’ flurry on Jake Guentzel’s second of the game. However, Filip Chytil gave New York the lead for good with a power-goal early in the third and the Rangers went on to a 5-3 win, avoiding elimination.

Crosby had two goals and seven assists for a teamhigh nine points in the first four games. Though the Penguins managed 20 of their 32 shots after he left the ice, they couldn’t break through other than Guentzel’s tying goal as they were outscored 5-1 over the last 25 minutes.

Guentzel downplayed any notion Crosby’s absence had any deflating effect on the Penguins.