Sidney Crosby Injury Gives Rangers New Life in Game 5 Win vs. PenguinsMay 12, 2022
Throughout the majority of the first two periods in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Rangers looked like they were on the verge of getting eliminated from the playoffs on their home ice.
But the Rangers flipped a switch late in the second period, scoring three goals within the final three minutes en route to a 5-3 victory at Madison Square Garden to stay alive in the postseason.
So what exactly led to New York's impressive turnaround? Coincidentally, the Rangers' run began shortly after Penguins star Sidney Crosby left the game with an undisclosed injury. Crosby exited late in the second period after taking a shot to the head from Jacob Trouba, and he didn't return.
Fans couldn't help but notice that the Rangers turned up their game once Pittsburgh's best player was off the ice.
Bob Pompeani @KDPomp
Crosby leaves the ice...<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rangers?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Rangers</a> get some momentum..and pressure (rare so far tonight) Adam Fox rips one by Domingue.. Its 2-1 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Penguins?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Penguins</a>
Mike DeFabo @MikeDeFabo
In that period:<br>- Crosby went to the room, did not record a shift for the final 6:50<br>- Rangers scored 3 in less than 3 minutes to take the lead<br>- 13 seconds later, Guentzel scored his seventh goal of the playoffs and second of the game to tie the score at 3<br><br>so ... a lot
Some fans accused Trouba of committing a dirty play by hitting Crosby up high, and the referees were lit up for not calling a penalty.
The series between the Rangers and Penguins has been a contentious one from the start, and this injury to Crosby is sure to amplify the tension between the two teams. It's unclear if Crosby will be forced to miss time going forward, but his absence is undoubtedly a major blow to Pittsburgh.
Whether it was Crosby's injury that sparked the Rangers or something else, New York needs to bring that same energy to Pittsburgh for Game 6 on Friday if it hopes to stave off elimination once again.