Is the NHL's concussion protocol failing the players it's supposed to protect?

It should be a Game 7 for the ages.

"We have no time to waste right now", Rangers forward Jesper Fast said. The Pittsburgh Penguins, after seeming like world-beaters in the first half of this series, have given up their 3-1 series lead, culminating in their 5-2 drubbing by the Washington Capitals at PPG Paints Arena in Game 6. The Pens have scored 39 goals, averaging 3.55 per game.

The move, along with the injury to Pittsburgh defenseman Trevor Daley, also prevented Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan from getting the matchups he wanted.

"Yeah, we had a good game [Monday]".

"All it's going to take is all we have", Trotz said Sunday. Let's face it, those shots are more likely to get blocked before they ever reach Fleury than they are to get on net. They're not just going to go away.

No, the Capitals were relentless. We'll regroup. We're going to enjoy this. "Now we have to focus on the second game". Braden Holtby has not been very hot these playoffs. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was busier, stopping 21 of 26 Washington shots. The Capitals have come back from 3-1, but they're still the team with the best regular-season record. That sentence may be true of the first four games of the series, but it was not of the last two. The Penguins have outscored the Capitals 12-3 in winning the previous three Game 7s.

Fleury kept Pittsburgh in touch with several key saves, including a superb block from Alex Ovechkin in the left circle. "Pretty standard." He also did not elaborate or indicate if he was specifically evaluated for a concussion. "We turned the puck over and then we started chasing the game a bit". "I think there is still another level for us".

Pittsburgh had a couple of scary moments in the first.

The concussion spotters have pulled a number of players from games as a result of protocol, but surprisingly chose to leave Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in the game earlier this week following a head-first collision with the boards.

In Game 6 Monday night, Crosby crashed hard into the end-boards and slowly got up to return to the bench.

Crosby's own self-evaluation reported no symptoms, and the team's medical staff checked him out.

Washington took a 2-0 lead at 6:36 of the second. “I think theyre the better team right now, so hopefully they play that way.

The Capitals certainly did not sit on their lead.

"We've got to have a short memory", Sullivan said. They didn't have much five-on-five continuity to begin with, and having to spend so much time on the penalty kill broke it up even more.

He did not come out of Game 6 on Monday night. Andre Burakovsky has found his rhythm as well, adding another three goals in the last two games. Crosby scored twice and had an assist, while Ovechkin scored as well.

“I dont know if theres any hump to get over, ” said Trotz, who is 1-1 with the Capitals in two Game 7 opportunities in 2015. He was replaced in the lineup by D Chad Ruhwedel, who made his National Hockey League playoff debut. It isn't just advancement to the conference finals against the Ottawa Senators that is on the line for these two teams.

Is it because it's the playoffs, and he's Sidney Crosby? The first three rallied Washington from a 2-1 deficit to keep its season alive.

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