Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left the ice early in Game 5 against the New York Rangers after suffering a headshot. The incident happened at 10:45 of the second period when he was in possession of the puck and had three defenders close to him. Defense attorney Jacob Trouba hit Crosby in the face with his left arm, causing Crosby to fall. Instead of chasing the puck again, he ran toward the bench.
At this point, the Penguins were leading 2-0. The center tried to resume play but then went into the dressing room at 5:43 in the second period. He didn’t come back for the third time. New York rebounded from behind to end the night with a 5-3 win to avoid elimination, though the Penguins still hold a 3-2 lead in the series.
Crosby has a long history of concussions, missing 108 games in total from 2010-12 and six more in the 2016-17 season. However, the consequences of Wednesday’s goal are not yet known. There was no update after the game as it was still being evaluated.
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan was asked about the incident during the post-game press conference and if he thought Trouba did it on purpose. He had little to say and answered in an imprecise manner.
“Did you see the hit? You probably agree with me,” Sullivan said.
Game 6 is scheduled for Friday, May 13 at 7pm ET and will be available on TNT.
https://www.cbssports.com/nhl/news/penguins-captain-sidney-crosby-leaves-game-5-against-rangers-after-second-period-hit-to-his-head/ Penguins captain Sidney Crosby exits Game 5 against Rangers after being hit in the head in the second period