Crosby goes out to the Penguins against Rangers in Game 6

Pittsburgh – Sidney Crosby He will not play for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the first round of the Eastern Conference at the PPG Paints Arena on Friday (7 p.m. ET; TNT, CBC, SN, TVAS, ATTSN-PT, MSG).

The center suffered an upper body injury in Game 6, as he was hit by a defensive Rangers Jacob Troup 9:15 in the second period Wednesday. Crosby took two more shifts before leaving for the locker room.

“Side skate this morning with (skills coach) Ty Hines,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said on Friday. “He won’t play tonight. I’ve spoken to Syed. He’s in a good place.”

Video: Crosby leaves the match injured after being hit

Pittsburgh tops the Top 7 series 3-2. She hasn’t progressed yet the opening round since 2018.

Crosby missed a Stanley Cup playoff game on May 3, 2017, with Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the second round.

The 34-year-old leads the Penguins with nine points (two goals and seven assists) in the series. He scored six points (three goals, three assists) in 14 games in the previous three seasons.

“It’s been great. Not just this series, but all year long,” Forward Brian Rust before the fifth game. “He was exceptional. He was kind of leading by example. Every time I’m asked about this, I feel like I’m saying the same thing. When you have a leader like this, who is your most serious worker, who goes out there and does everything the right way, I think the team is following suit.

“I can’t say enough about the guy…I’m not sure he has the same clock as the rest of us. His time might be a little slower than ours.”

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Crosby has scored 84 points (31 goals, 53 assists) in 69 games this season, tied with a straight streak. Jake Goentzel On most penguins. Pittsburgh was 5-4-4 in 13 games without its captain.

After having an off-season wrist surgery, Crosby was sidelined seven games before playing his first season against the New Jersey Devils on October 30. He missed the next five games during the NHL COVID-19 protocol. Crosby also did not play in the 3-0 loss to Rangers due to illness other than COVID-19 on April 7.

“He’s obviously the best player in the world,” the Penguins striker Evan Rodriguez She said. “He lives up to the occasion, no matter what. He’s been great for us. There aren’t enough good things you can say about him. It’s a pleasure to play with him.”

Crosby helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017, being voted Conn Smith winner as the playoff player of the last two seasons. He became the sixth player in National Hockey League history to reach 200 playoff points (71 goals, 129 assists) with a goal and two comforts in Game 4, with the Penguins winning 7-2 on Monday.

“He’s a great leader. He’s the standard,” Sullivan said Thursday. “He embodies what it means to be a Pittsburgh Penguin. So he’s not just a leader by his actions, but he’s a leader by his behavior and how he carries himself. He’s the voice of reason through a turbulent emotional game.”

“That’s what he gives our team. He is just a great leader, both on and off the ice. I may say the obvious, but he means a lot to this organization. He means a lot to this team.”

Yevgeny Malkin He will take Crosby’s place in the first line with Goentzel and Rast, with Rodriguez moving from the fourth line from the right wing to the second line in the middle. Drew O’Connor You will enter the squad on the fourth line, and will play for the first time since Game 2.

“It’s not something our team is not used to,” Sullivan said. “We’ve played a fair amount this season in these conditions and these situations. It’s a great opportunity for the players to step up and play more important roles, and contribute in other ways to help the team win. I think our players are excited about that and they’ve shown the ability to rise to the occasion. We did. That’s a lot this year.”

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