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Why wasn't Sidney Crosby reviewed for a concussion after head-first crash?

20 May, 2017, 11:53 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez

National Hockey League history has taught us that a Game 7 has a randomness that can not be predicted, but the Capitals have looked like they are taking charge of the Eastern Conference semifinal after a 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6.

Washington Capitals' T.J. Oshie (77) celebrates his goal with Alex Ovechkin in the first period of Game 6 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 8, 2017.

Game 7 may be the most exciting phrase in sports to a lot of people. Reaching into Pittsburgh's collective throat and yanking out its larynx would be none other than the Washington Capitals. The Capitals' team this year looks nearly nothing like the teams that started the reputation for playoff failure. Braden Holtby stopped 16 to send the series back to Washington for the decider Wednesday night.

After, the period ended, Crosby was evaluated for a concussion - if you believe him.

Honestly, I'm not sure which would be worse. We took a deep breath and we kind of regrouped ourselves and said, 'Let's go after it in Game 5.' And it took until the third period of Game 5 to get going and get rewarded for it.

For a deciding Game 7, however, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said his team can't expect momentum to carry over.

Bryan Rust led the way for the Penguins with a hat trick, including one into an empty net, while Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Matt Cullen and Justin Schultz would add their only goals of the season against Ottawa.

Game 7 is Wednesday night at Anaheim, with the victor advancing to face the Nashville Predators in the conference finals.

The Rangers were in that same scenario in 2015 and it was Washington that blew a 3-1 series lead.

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle didnt blame Gibson and said its about the entire team being better.

And with Game 7 comes more pressure. “Now it boils down to one. "You've got an opportunity to win a game like this and win a series at home". It's our turn to serve, and holding serve means that we go on. If we dont hold serve, then its not what were looking for.”. He's 3-2 over his career in Game 7s. Trotz doesn't think it'll have anything to do with history. They won 20 of 28 faceoffs in the first period of Game 6. "If they go through the protocol, then I usually get notified by our medical staff". We might look back and suggest that this was, in its own way, a prelude to the Cup.

The Capitals controlled play from the start, as they have for most of this series, but instead of the Penguins counterpunching, it never came. It gets better though. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last eight games. Their last Game 7 victory at home came in the first round in 2009 with Boudreau behind the bench when Sergei Fedorov scored the victor to knock off the Rangers.

Concussed on May 1, Sidney Crosby returned five days later and didnt look at his best Monday after crashing headfirst into the boards.

Did the National Hockey League err by allowing Crosby to play on?

"Yep. Yeah. Pretty standard", Crosby told NHL Network, affirming doctors had cleared him to keep playing. “We can sit here and I can explain for 10 minutes what concussion protocol is and all that stuff but I dont really want to do it.”.

Andre Burakovsky has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-14 at even-strength over the past two games, scoring two goals with an assist. A victory in Game 5 or at home in Game 6 would've ended the series. Turns out they found some. With experience, you can see things evolving a little quicker, you can focus on the right things, you can play with confidence because you've been through it before.

It should be a Game 7 for the ages.

The decision raised questions over the NHL's concussion protocol even though it was followed to the letter.

For the season series, the Capitals are still plus-5 in goal differential. The teams that advance generally do so with contributions from all four lines.

Whether Crosby was or wasn't checked after the first period is a moot point.

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