National Hockey League playoff schedule 2017: It's a Game 7 doubleheader

Danny Woods
May 20, 2017

Despite his previous concussion, and despite looking dazed after the fall, the NHL's concussion "spotters" - people in NY who watch all games and have the authority to remove a player from action to be evaluated for a concussion - did not remove Crosby from the game.

But the save - that's the play that stands out all these years later. He added, however, that Crosby was checked for a concussion despite head coach Mike Sullivan saying otherwise.

While Holtby is heating up, Marc-Andre Fleury is cooling down. We just have to put more focus on holding our leads before we end up looking like the Edmonton Oilers. "There was the Ovechkin breakaway that Flower stopped and then - bang, bang, bang - it was 3-0". That was the series.

The Penguins are 55-23 in their last 78 games playing on 1 days rest, 67-31 in their last 98 vs. Forget, for a moment, the theme that colors this whole series and these two franchises: the fact that Crosby's Penguins have won two Stanley Cups while Ovechkin's Capitals have won none. "Once you do [win those games], you start believing in your team and yourself". The Presidents' Trophy winners responded with a three-goal barrage over the final 20 minutes that extended their season.

It's all right there for the telling.

The current Capitals have been bolstered since the move of star Ovechkin from the first line to the third line before Game 5. During the opening frame, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, playing in his second game after returning from yet another concussion, took an awkward fall headfirst into the boards, but stayed in the game without being subsequently tested for a concussion.

Williams and the Hurricanes coach in that Game 7 against Edmonton was none other than Peter Laviolette, whos waiting for the Ducks or Oilers in the Western Conference final with the Nashville Predators.

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"Backstrom is one of those guys who I think is one of the most underrated players in the National Hockey League", Trotz said. Six, including two on the same penalty in Game 6 on Monday. "Why wouldn't he show up [for Game 7]?"

The NHL's concussion protocols are under fire after Sydney Crosby took a nasty spill into the boards and was not removed from the game for evaluation during the Pittsburgh Penguins' Game 6 loss to the Washington Capitals. Those Caps arrived home with all sorts of momentum and anticipation, and they were simply overwhelmed in a 6-2 Penguins victory. And we still have our back against the wall.

Eight years ago, Ovechkin and Crosby had their entire careers ahead of them.

Consider that the shaky goalie was once Washington's Braden Holtby, yanked after two periods of the second game.

Many among us filled the wait thinking about the worst possible outcomes: What's life like if it's really bad news? And now the hockey world is watching because we know that you can't just assume it's going to happen again.

"If you look at the games, even if it was 3-1 to them, I thought we actually played better than the results", Backstrom said.

"There's no doubt that for me experience, when you have it, is a good thing", Vigneault said on a conference call Sunday. The impact might not have been on Monday's game, which the Capitals won easily. "I think there were some chances to be had there a few times and we just didn't execute".

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