Concussion spotters didn't have authority to remove Crosby

How do we explain the first four games when the Penguins were drastically outshot and still won games? Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks.

"Concussion spotters didn't have the authority to pull Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby from Game 6 on Monday because his head-first collision with the boards is not a "mechanism of injury" that allows that under their guidelines".

The protocol states that a player can be removed from play by the spotter after he is "slow to get up" or "clutches his head" following three mechanisms of injury: a blow to the head or upper torso from another player's shoulder, the player's head making secondary contact with the ice, or if the player is punched in the head with a fist during a fight.

This is the fourth time the Penguins and Capitals will meet in a Game 7. In Game 2, the Senators got two goals 2:17 apart late in the third before winning in the second overtime to take a 2-0 series lead. It's also what makes Crosby among the best of the best in the world at what they do. “Now it boils down to one. "If we don't hold serve, then it's not what we're looking for".

"I think that's up to you to understand all that different stuff". Before that goal had even been announced, Andre Burakovsky scored his second goal of the game to give the Capitals a five-goal cushion. I mean, I just got tripped up there going pretty fast and went into the boards pretty awkwardly. "You're not going to win every one". Four of the team's five goals were in the slot, no higher than the face off dots, pushing the high-danger save percentage of Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury down to.791 in the series.

Then Kuznetsov's National Hockey League debut with the Capitals came against the Penguins, and even three years later, he smiles while recalling the thrill of being on the same ice as countryman Malkin.

He did not come out of Game 6 on Monday night.

The Washington Capitals were businesslike in their clinical 5-2 dismantling of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, and they played with the poise of a team whose work isn't done yet. Washington went up 3-1, then saw its best season ever come undone at the hand of unheralded Montreal goaltender Jaroslav Halak. "I'm not going to say exactly which area".

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan offered no excuses after the defending champions fluffed another chance to wrap up the series.

After Game 1 against Pittsburgh, Kuznetsov told a handful of reporters that Malkin asked him a question on the ice, and since he considers himself a "kind of nice person", Kuznetsov tried to provide an answer in between plays.

By Tuesday the reunion was already in the rearview mirror, with all three players on separate lines during a brief by spirited practice. Obviously, [Monday] was the result that we wanted.

Before Game 5, Capitals Coach Barry Trotz caused a bit of a stir when he moved superstar Alex Ovechkin off Washington's top line with center Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie, and instead had him skate with third-line center Lars Eller and right wing Tom Wilson.

#2 - The Penguins have a long history of tormenting the Capitals. Roman Josi had a goal and an assist, and Calle Jarnkrok added an empty-netter with 60 seconds left. Home teams don't have almost the same success in the National Hockey League in game sevens as they do in the NBA, but Washington has to have far more confidence over Pittsburgh with the way the last two games played out.

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