When Sidney Crosby did a header at full speed into the end boards, the collective hockey universe gasped as the superstar appeared slow to gather himself.
Crosby went to the bench, and stayed there briefly. He came back out to finish the period.
It was clear to anyone with functioning eyeballs that the concussion spotters did not do their intended job here, despite their expanded protocols established by the NHL.
Crosby returned to play the rest of the game. It’s not like the Pittsburgh Penguins would risk the health of their most valuable resource; one who missed Game 4 due to a concussion. Right?
[The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Pittsburgh Penguins as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup.]
Back in 2006, Matt Cullen was expecting his first child and had just won his first Stanley Cup as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. He celebrated the victory by taking the Cup home to Moorhead, Minesota.
A decade later, he returned to Moorhead with Lord Stanley’s chalice and three little people in tow; son Brooks, 9; Wyatt, 7; and Joey, 6.
Following his team’s overtime loss in Game 5, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan wasn’t ready to evaluate Marc-Andre Fleury’s goaltending performance.
“I’m not going to assess his game right after the game,” said Sullivan in his postgame press conference. “It’s obviously a disheartening game we just lost. I’d rather digest it a little bit before I jump to any conclusions.”
Based on both conference finals, and the goaltending circuses that have accompanied them, is that akin to Ken Hitchcock’s ‘sleep on it’ comment before he decided to start Jake Allen? Just a thought.