Pittsburgh was leading 2-0 in the potential closeout game when Crosby was forced to the locker room. Things unraveled in his absence.
The Rangers stormed back with three goals in a span of 2:42 to take a 3-2 lead in the second period. The Penguins, however, needed just 13 seconds to equalize at 3-3.
But now there are questions about Crosby’s availability.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan did not reveal much postgame, other than saying Crosby was being evaluated for an upper-body injury. Sullivan heavily implied that he was not a fan of the hit.
“Did you see the hit? You probably have the same opinion I do,” Sullivan said when asked about the play by reporters.
As he normally is, Crosby was a driving force in the Penguins seizing a 3-1 series lead. The 34-year-old, three-time Stanley Cup champion recorded two goals and seven assists in the first four games of the series.
Game 6 is Friday night in Pittsburgh with the Penguins seeking their first series victory since 2018. All eyes will be on the health status of their long-time superstar.
Panthers 5, Capitals 3
SUNRISE, Fla. – Carter Verhaeghe set a Florida postseason record with a five-point night, and the Florida Panthers escaped a three-goal deficit to beat the Washington Capitals 5-3 and take a 3-2 lead in an Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday night.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots for Florida, which trailed 3-0 in the second period. Verhaeghe had two goals and three assists for the Panthers.
Verhaeghe broke the Panthers’ playoff scoring record that Ray Sheppard set on a four-point night back on April 22, 1996 – which remains the last, and only, season in which the Panthers won a playoff series.
They can change that Friday, when Game 6 is played in Washington. Game 7, if necessary, would be back at Florida on Sunday.
– Associated Press
Flames 3, Stars 1
Jacob Markstrom made 20 saves for the Flames, who can win the series Saturday in Dallas. If necessary, Game 7 would be back in Calgary on Sunday.
– Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NHL playoffs recap: Sidney Crosby injured in Penguins loss to Rangers
Luka Doncic evaluates shoulder, ‘tough’ scar after Warriors-Mavericks Game 1
Luka evaluates shoulder, doesn’t mind ‘tough’ Game 1 scar originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Luka Dončić was roughed up in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. And not just in the box score.
“It’s good,” Dončić said of his face scar after the game. “Makes me look tough.”
Dončić also was seen grabbing the back of his shoulder in apparent pain throughout Wednesday’s contest. But following the game, he didn’t seem too concerned.
“I felt a little pain when I shot [the basketball],” he said. “But it’s OK. It’s fine. We’ll get some treatment, and it’ll be fine.”
Dončić was locked down by Andrew Wiggins and the Warriors’ defensive effort, contributing just 20 points and shooting 3 of 10 from deep. He logged a team-worst minus-30 rating in 35 minutes and had more turnovers (7) than field-goal makes (6) for the first time in his playoff career.
Dončić and the Warriors will go at it again in Game 2 on Friday night at Chase Center.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban says Texas A&M ‘paid all of their players’ for 2022 class
BIRMINGHAM — Alabama football coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that Texas A&M “bought every player on their team,” referring to name, image and likeness deals for the top-ranked 2022 recruiting class.
Saban said Alabama didn’t offer NIL deals to its recruits.
“We were second in recruiting last year,” he said. “A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness. We didn’t buy one player. But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future because more and more people are doing it.”
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Saban, who has been vocal about NIL in college athletics, also said 25 players on Alabama’s roster last season earned NIL revenue totaling $3 million and did it “the right way.”
“Our guys earned it and no one in our locker room had a problem with that,” said Saban.
Saban went on to talk about how NIL is a great concept to allow players to profit, but emphasized concerns about deals being brokered by coaches or boosters.
“Players have always been allowed to work. It’s just a different opportunity for them to make money by working,” said Saban. “There is nothing wrong with that, and I told my players to get agents, get representation and create opportunities for yourself.”
Saban also talked about collectives – entities created to offer or coordinate NIL deals with athletes for specific schools to support those programs.High Tide Traditions, which has no official affiliation with the University of Alabama, was created last month to “create championship level partnerships between business and student-athletes.”
Saban said collectives open up the doors for NIL to be a recruiting tool.
“That’s not what name, image and likeness was supposed to be – that’s what is has become and that is the problem with college athletics right now,” Saban said. “My job is to create a platform for our players to create value for themselves and their future by becoming better people, by graduating from school and developing a career on or off the field.”
Saban also said former Alabama players have made $1.7 billion in the NFL since 2010.
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This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama football coach Nick Saban says Texas A&M bought 2022 recruits
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