Penguins captain Sidney Crosby leaves Game 5 against Rangers after second period hit to his head

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left the ice early throughout Game 5 versus the New York Rangers after taking a hit in the head. The event occurred with 10:45 left in the 2nd duration as he had belongings of the puck and had 3 protectors near to him. Defenseman Jacob Trouba hit Crosby’s confront with his left arm, which triggered Crosby to fall. Instead of chasing after the puck once again, he skated towards the bench. 

At that point the Penguins held a 2-0 lead. The center tried to continue the video game however then headed to the locker space with 5:43 staying in the 2nd duration. He did not return for the 3rd. New York rallied from behind and ended the night with a 5-3 win to prevent removal, although the Penguins still hold a 3-2 lead in the series.

Crosby does have a long history of concussions, missing out on an overall of 108 video games from 2010 to 2012, and after that 6 more throughout the 2016-17 season. However, the effects of Wednesday’s hit are not understood yet. There was no upgrade after the video game as he was still being assessed. 

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan was inquired about the event throughout the postgame interview and if he felt Trouba did it with intent. He had little to state about it, reacting in a non-concrete way.

“Did you see the hit? You probably have the same opinion I do,” Sullivan stated. 

Game 6 is set up for Friday, May 13 at 7pm E.T. and will be offered on TNT.

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