(AP Photo/Nick Wass, file). And if you were looking for anything else positive from Crosby's game, then perhaps it would be his ice time: He rolled out there three ticks short of 20 minutes, not missing a shift, even when Washington ran out to a 5-0 lead in the third period.
Peters clings to the positive moments - Dale Hunter's Game 7 breakaway against Ron Hextall in 1988, or Joel Ward's victor against Boston in 2012. Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks.
Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Burakovsky all struck in quick succession to fire Washington into a commanding 5-0 lead in the third period to all but guarantee victory.
They not only won their second game in a row in their Eastern Conference semifinal, but they dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 in Game 6 on Monday night at PPG Paints Arena to avoid elimination.
In the immediate aftermath of the incident, most assumed that the NHL's concussion "spotters" had failed to recognize a potential head injury for Crosby, especially considering this came just one game after he had returned from a concussion suffered earlier in the series that caused him to miss Game 4. You can only rely on the star players for so much during the playoffs.
On the other side of the coin, the Pittsburgh Penguins, as a franchise, have never lost a Game 7 on the road in the playoffs. The Pens have scored 39 goals, averaging 3.55 per game.
Game 7 is Wednesday night at Anaheim, with the victor advancing to face the Nashville Predators in the conference finals. Now, the only question is whether they can keep it going right on into Game 7.? It's also better than any team in the National Basketball Association or Major League Baseball. That Detroit squad swept the Capitals in the Cup finals that season. Now it boils down to one. "We just kept going". The problem wasn't that Holtby was playing poorly, but he wasn't stealing any games for the Caps either. Trotz doesn't think it'll have anything to do with history.
"I don't know", he said. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was given a torrid time, blocking 21 of 26 shots.
"They think they can win Game 7". Not so, the league maintains, because Crosby's head smashed into the boards, not the ice.
"I mean, there shouldn't be any wondering about it", Crosby said. "I'm not comfortable that he was allowed to continue playing". You talk to the doctor, Crosby said Tuesday. "We can sit here and I can explain for 10 minutes what concussion protocol is and all that stuff". Andre Burakovsky has found his rhythm as well, adding another three goals in the last two games. Other than that - [Monday's] game, the momentum, the score and all of that - nothing really translates into Game 7. And - and this might be most important - when they sensed proud Pittsburgh was wounded, they tore at the Penguins' festering flesh, spitting on them for good measure. "We're having fun now".
It should be a Game 7 for the ages. A three-time Cup victor, Williams is 7-0 with seven goals and seven assists in seven chances in Game 7. The protocol states a player must be removed if a spotter sees symptoms in a player who takes a blow to his head or upper torso from another player's shoulder, his head hitting the ice or from a punch to the head. That was a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of the Cup Final that as, you guessed it, Williams sealed it with an empty-netter.
The victor advances to the Eastern Conference final to face the New York Rangers or Ottawa.
Whether Crosby was or wasn't checked after the first period is a moot point.