Penguins captain Sidney Crosby leaves Game 5 because of possible head injury

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left Wednesday’s playoff game during the second period because of an injury after absorbing a hit to his head.

Crosby did not play after taking a 24-second shift that ended with 6 minutes, 50 seconds left in the second period of Wednesday’s Game 5 of the Penguins-New York Rangers first-round playoff series.

The Penguins lost the game 5-3 but lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Asked after the game ended if there was an update on Crosby’s injury, coach Mike Sullivan said, “No, he is being evaluated right now.”

Sullivan later allowed that it was an “upper-body injury.”

Crosby left the game after New York defenseman Jacob Trouba levied an elbow to Crosby’s head as Crosby was skating through the shot.

The play was not penalized.

Sullivan was asked his opinion on Trouba’s hit.

“Did you see the hit?” he rhetorically asked the reporter who posed the question, pausing.

“You probably have the same opinion I do.”

The Rangers Levied several hard hits throughout the game on Crosby, who had nine points during the series’ first four games and taken over the league postseason scoring lead (since surpassed) with a three-point effort during the Penguins’ Game 4 victory at home Monday. Rangers center Mika Zibanejad high-sticked Crosby off a faceoff during the second period.

Crosby missed the second half of the 2010-11 season and roughly three-quarters of the following season because of concussion issues. He has not had any significant head injury since.

Crosby missed the first seven games of this past regular season after undergoing wrist surgery in September. I have missed six other games for other reasons this season, including joining the covid-19 list.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at cadamski@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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