Pittsburgh was leading 2-0 in the potential closeout game when Crosby was forced to the locker room. Things unraveled in his absence.
The Rangers stormed back with three goals in a span of 2:42 to take a 3-2 lead in the second period. The Penguins, however, needed just 13 seconds to equalize at 3-3.
But now there are questions about Crosby’s availability.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan did not reveal much postgame, other than saying Crosby was being evaluated for an upper-body injury. Sullivan heavily implied that he was not a fan of the hit.
“Did you see the hit? You probably have the same opinion I do,” Sullivan said when asked about the play by reporters.
As he normally is, Crosby was a driving force in the Penguins seizing a 3-1 series lead. The 34-year-old, three-time Stanley Cup champion recorded two goals and seven assists in the first four games of the series.
Game 6 is Friday night in Pittsburgh with the Penguins seeking their first series victory since 2018. All eyes will be on the health status of their long-time superstar.
Panthers 5, Capitals 3
SUNRISE, Fla. – Carter Verhaeghe set a Florida postseason record with a five-point night, and the Florida Panthers escaped a three-goal deficit to beat the Washington Capitals 5-3 and take a 3-2 lead in an Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday night.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots for Florida, which trailed 3-0 in the second period. Verhaeghe had two goals and three assists for the Panthers.
Verhaeghe broke the Panthers’ playoff scoring record that Ray Sheppard set on a four-point night back on April 22, 1996 – which remains the last, and only, season in which the Panthers won a playoff series.
They can change that Friday, when Game 6 is played in Washington. Game 7, if necessary, would be back at Florida on Sunday.
– Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Sidney Crosby injured in Pittsburgh Penguins loss to New York Rangers
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