By now, you've seen the video footage of New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba's questionable hit on Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby during Game 5 of their Round 1 Stanley Cup Playoffs series. Crosby didn't return to the rest of the game, a Rangers victory that forced Game 6 back at PPG Paints Arena tonight.
Crosby won't be suiting up as he continues to deal with the effects of the "upper body" injury he suffered as a result of the hit. The NHL decided against any fine or additional discipline for Trouba, as they felt there wasn't any ill intent on his part.
And now, Trouba himself has sounded off on the play.
"Kind of tried going stick on puck when he was gonna shoot," Trouba said. "My stick kind of went in between his legs and knd of hit his thigh, kind of pushed my arm up. Kind of a fluky play, wasn't massively hard contact. Unfortunately, you don't ever want to see a guy get hurt. I don't know exactly what the injury is, but hopefully he's better soon."
And needless to say, he knows that he's in for a rough reception from the Pens faithful tonight - but don't expect that to bother him.
“It’s OK,” he said with a slight smile. “It won’t be the first time.”
And while Trouba has offered his thoughts on the play, former NHL defenseman and current analyst Kevin Bieksa has weighed in, and supports the fact that there won't be additional discipline.
"I think when you're throwing a head shot, if you're throwing it with your stick hand it's impossible," Bieksa said. "It would be with the other hand for Trouba. He's going stick on puck like you showed, and then it's just a bit of a bring his arm in as Crosby is turning. I think there's no suspension."
Game 6 between the Penguins and Rangers begins tonight at 7:00 PM EST.