Lunes, 20 Noviembre, 2017

Concussion spotters didn't have authority to remove Crosby

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Montrelle Montesinos | 20 May, 2017, 11:44

One could argue the Capitals have outplayed the Penguins in this series anyway and it's finally starting to show in the scoreboard. It would in effect tell the huge pink elephant in the room no one wants to acknowledge to go away and never come back.

From the first drop of the puck, it was the Caps' night. As soon as they start to trail, their shot selection deteriorates as they start firing the puck on net from everywhere as opposed to setting up better opportunities.

Come Tuesday morning, Crosby would be on the ice for practice, so it's safe to assume that he did not fail any type of concussion-testing that may or may not have happened, but given the murky waters of this situation thus far and how confusing the process has been, how can we even guess what's actually going on here? That's not insignificant, but it's nothing next to the TV audience (4.330 million viewers and a 2.38 household rating). That they're not burdened by the weight of the team's history of playoff flameouts, one most of the guys in red, white and blue had nothing to do with. Since then, he's allowed two goals each in Games 5 and 6. "The (offensive) explosion we had in the third period (of Game 5) was a confidence boost and then we played a very good game tonight". The Presidents' Trophy winners responded with a three-goal barrage over the final 20 minutes that extended their season.

EDMONTON, Alberta - Leon Draisaitl had three goals and two assists, Mark Letestu added two goals and two assists, and Edmonton cruised past Anaheim to force a decisive Game 7 in their Western Conference semifinal series. In the next two games no Pittsburgh defenseman had more than six minutes against the Capitals' new third line, and Ovechkin's own individual scoring chances went from 1.1 per 60 minutes in Games 1-4 to 7.5 in Games 5 and 6.

Those struggles are more happenstance than predictive going forward, though. There's not much a goalie can do against 2-on-1s and breakaways.

While the Capitals sniper has been relatively quiet during these playoffs - five goals and eight points in 12 games - it's not from a lack of effort. It had been.889 heading into Game 5.

The Senators faced Capitals' backup Philipp Grubauer in the third meeting and while he gave up goals to Chris Ryan, Chris Kelly and Zack Smith, Condon made 31 saves in a 3-0 shutout.

The shot disparity between the two teams has been a topic of conversation throughout. Not all shots are created equal.

Trotz was hired after the 2014 season.

They had a little more success with Sidney Crosby's team than the one captained by Alex Ovechkin. The Pens prevailed on their way to the Stanley Cup. That is a clear indication of better shot selection from Washington. After all, that's what makes them the best in the world at what they do.

The Predators won their ninth straight playoff game in Nashville going back to last postseason. The players all talked about the need to stay loose.

He also took exception to spotters not being able to remove a player from action on a play that includes their head hitting the boards. This will be the fourth time they will meet in a Game 7.

Despite his previous concussion, and despite looking dazed after the fall, the NHL's concussion "spotters" - people in NY who watch all games and have the authority to remove a player from action to be evaluated for a concussion - did not remove Crosby from the game.