Crosby played in Game 6 of a second-round matchup with the Washington Capitals on Monday and colliding head-first with the boards behind the Washington net in the first period.
"All it's going to take is all we have", Trotz said Sunday. Last year, they fought back from a 3-2 series deficit to best the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Ive got to believe that (the momentum from Game 6 is) going to roll over, that theyre finally sick and exhausted of hearing that they havent gone to the third round and will break through, Boudreau said. "What you're talking about is the difference between checking with a doctor and entering concussion protocol, they're two separate things". Intent on not repeating history, the Capitals jumped on the defending Stanley Cup champions early and didn't relent.
"That's the one particular moment we all remember", said New Jersey Devils assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald, another one of then-coach Dan Bylsma's young assistants that night.
It wasn't unlike most of the first four games of the series, when Washington would control play for long stretches only to have Pittsburgh expertly counterpunch on its way to a 3-1 series lead.
"Mike, were you concerned when you saw Sid sort of slow to get up a couple times in the first, and was he evaluated for a concussion in the first intermission?" a reporter asked Sullivan. That is only to say that Crosby, based on research, has grown more likely to sustain a concussion after each recurring head injury. "If you're looking for a test when you're coming back that's a good one".
Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Burakovsky all struck in quick succession to fire Washington into a commanding 5-0 lead in the third period to all but guarantee victory. More importantly, they limited Pittsburgh's counter attack game until permitting a pair of four-on-four goals in the game's waning minutes.
The Washington Capitals own three wins in the Eastern Conference semifinal and feel as if they have performed well enough to have more. "This is going to be an opportunity for our team to respond and to play a strong game in a pressure situation". Some of that is the play in front of him, especially with Pittsburgh defenseman Trevor Daley missing Game 6 with a lower-body injury, but if the Capitals have found a hole on the goaltenders glove side theyre not saying.
And let's make no mistake about it; as scrappy and opportunistic as the Penguins have been, they're also riddled by injuries.
"When you go in like that, it just kind of knocked the wind out of me", Crosby said. That is something that they will have to clean up heading into Game 7 at Verizon Center.
Zach Kassian and Anton Slepychev also scored and Cam Talbot stopped 34 shots for the Oilers, who led 5-0 after the first period.
The Pittsburgh Penguins may not win on home ice Monday night, but Sidney Crosby seemed hellbent on making sure he dealt out some punishment to the Washington Capitals players. Is Mike Sullivan just protecting his players from the information going public like a lot of coaches in sports do?
TURRIS TIME: Ottawa Senators Game 5 star Kyle Turris became the seventh player in National Hockey League history to score three overtime winners in his first 40 Stanley Cup playoff games.
Consider that the shaky goalie was once Washington's Braden Holtby, yanked after two periods of the second game.