Is the NHL's concussion protocol failing the players it's supposed to protect?

Postado Mai 19, 2017

The Penguins and Capitals will meet in Game 7 Wednesday night.

For a Game 7 of this magnitude, there's no telling what product each team will put on the ice.

The first time Crosby and Ovechkin met in a Game 7 was May 13, 2009, a 6-2 Penguins victory at Washington's Verizon Center. Obviously, [Monday] was the result that we wanted. It's over now and we'll work on ways to adjust even better next game.

The relatively good news is that the Penguins got out of the game with the franchise intact.

Including a third-period comeback the Capitals authored in Game 5, they scored eight unanswered goals in the series in a span of 69 minutes and 40 seconds.

There's nothing better in hockey than the NHL playoffs, and there's nothing better in the NHL playoffs than a Game 7. It's going to be the toughest game of the series. "We just kept going".

Fleury has allowed nine goals on 58 shots the past two games after nine on 142 shots the first four games against the Capitals. Pittsburgh did not record its first shot on goal at five-on-five until just 1.1 seconds remained in the first period. Penguins-Capitals has established brands, big markets and marquee stars, everything NBC loves to televise when it comes to hockey.

Crosby was a nonfactor for a second straight game after sitting out Game 4 with a concussion. That's okay if you're ahead, but it is hard to come back from when trailing especially given Washington's overwhelming shot advantage. And when the puck drops to decide the series, the clear favorite will be the team in red sweaters. [Monday], we weren't able to do any of that.

So much can change so swiftly at this time of year. Just as the noose began to tighten in the third period, Holtby came up with a few key saves and suddenly Washington went from facing elimination to a 4-2 win. Meanwhile, the Capitals have lost twice as many Game 7s as they've won since Alexander Ovechkin arrived in Washington. His coach says he wasn't.

"Since about Game 3, we've had a calmness about what we are doing", Trotz said.

According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league's concussion spotter determined the incident didn't match the criteria necessary to pull a player from the game. "We've got to execute to handle that pressure".

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. Crosby finished the period with his teammates and was back on the ice to start the second period. "We can sit here and I can explain for 10 minutes what concussion protocol is and all that stuff but I don't really want to do it". "Get to their zone a little bit more often".

Beating the Penguins emphatically 5-2 in Game 6 in Pittsburgh is why Boudreau believes the Capitals will win Game 7.

Wednesday night offers a chance for the bounces to go the other way. "I think a lot of guys on both sides have been in this situation".

However, according to the National Hockey League, the reason Crosby wasn't pulled from the game and given a concussion evaluation wasn't because the spotters missed it, but rather because crashing into the boards is not defined as a "mechanism of injury" that would allow them to do so.

"I thought he was solid", Sullivan said. For the last four periods in this series, the Capitals have owned all of the play.

It will be a memorable night for Washington sports standards, as the Washington Wizards play at the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NBA and the Washington Nationals host the Baltimore Orioles in MLB's battle of the Beltways.

"This is the first time this series Pittsburgh has their back against the wall as well", Trotz said. And we still have our back against the wall. "That's the process as I know it".

"We have to play all together like a team and we did (Saturday)".

What Pittsburgh should not be concerned about is playing in a Game 7.