Friday, December 2 2022

If you needed a reminder that things can swing wildly during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the last two nights should do the trick. For a part of Game 5, it looked like the Penguins would eliminate the Rangers. Instead, the Rangers rallied to win Game 5 by a score of 5-3, and a Sidney Crosby injury looms over this very-much-alive series.

Teams are cagey about injuries even with low stakes, so we’ll see how much we learn about this injury to Sidney Crosby.

All we know is that Crosby couldn’t continue in Game 5, and that there will be a Game 6 between the Rangers and Penguins.

If the rest of this series follows this lead, expect more twists and turns between the Rangers and Penguins.

Crosby injured as Game 5 of Rangers – Penguins ends up physical

After an awful Game 4 loss, Gerard Gallant buried the Rangers as “soft.” While the team’s in-zone coverage was still lacking at times, they certainly responded with physicality.

Jacob Trouba was one of the most prominent of those hitters. Very early in Game 5, Trouba was whistled for elbowing Jake Guentzel. That wasn’t the bit of contact that could change things for both the Rangers and the Penguins, though.

Sidney Crosby left the ice after a high hit by Jacob Trouba. As you can see from the clip below, Crosby also took a high-stick during Game 5. After leaving the ice during the second period, Sidney Crosby did not return for the Penguins in Game 5.

Plenty of swings, especially once Crosby left Game 5 with a likely injury

When Crosby left Game 5, the Penguins were up 2-0, and the Rangers looked rudderless.

That outlook turned on a dime. Goals by Adam Fox, Alexis Lafrenière, and Jacob Trouba scored three goals in 2:42 to give the Rangers a brief 3-2 lead in Game 5. To cement the thought that there won’t be many dull moments between these teams, Jake Guentzel made it 3-3 just 13 seconds later.

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From there, Game 5 of Rangers – Penguins remained frenetic, violent, and full of penalties.’

Consider special teams something of a side story of this one. Just 24 seconds into Game 5, the Penguins received a full two-minute 5-on-3 power play against the Rangers. Pittsburgh rarely threatened there, giving the MSG crowd some life.

About three minutes into the third period, Filip Chytil scored the game-winner on the power play.

Between that PPG and some disciplinary lapses in the third, the Rangers took advantage of the Penguins’ mistakes to hold on for a Game 5 win. An empty-netter exaggerated the outcome, but this was a gutsy win for New York.

Will Crosby be sidelined with an injury? Might Igor Shesterkin be able to influence this series, and silence sudden doubters? Stay tuned.

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James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Rangers rally to stay alive; Penguins lose Game 5, Crosby to injury originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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