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Pittsburgh Penguins fans are not going to like this. Towards the end of the second period, captain Sidney Crosby left Game 5 of the series against the Rangers in New York and headed to the dressing room.
One of the athletic trainers followed him out down the tunnel. TV broadcast showed how Crosby was involved in a few rough plays before he left the game.
He took a hard hit from Jacob Trouba with 10:45 remaining in the second period. He fell to the ice, popped up and went to the bench. He played two more shifts before going to the dressing room with 5:43 remaining.
Once Crosby left the game, the Rangers went on a scoring streak. They took a 3-2 lead in just a few minutes.
Were they waiting for Sid to leave all this time? Crosby didn’t play the final 6:50 of the 2nd period and wasn’t on the bench during the goal scoring mayhem.
Moments later, Crosby's usual linemate Jake Guentzel answered for his captain, tying up the game at 3 with his second goal of the game, with less than two minutes to go.
That's a potential serious loss, followed by four games in 2:55. First three by New York, last one by Pittsburgh.
Crosby is not on the bench for the start of the third period. The Penguins have not provided an update on Crosby's status.