National Hockey League playoff schedule 2017: It’s a Game 7 doubleheader
Sidney Crosby crashes head-first into the boards during Game 6 against the Washington Capitals. On Wednesday night, Washington will host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth Game 7 in 10 playoff series between the two teams, and the first since 2009.
The Senators first encounter with the Capitals was New Year’s Day, when they suffered a 2-1 defeat at Verizon Center.
Sullivan also added context to his earlier comments by spelling out the process by which the NHL’s coaches are apprised of a player’s status in relation to the league’s concussion protocol.
“Felt fine. Just kind of knocked the wind out of me, but felt fine”. I did not. And so that’s the process. “I don’t know if I tripped on a stick or someone else”. “Yup. Yeah. Pretty standard”, was his response. And now the hockey world is watching because we know that you can’t just assume it’s going to happen again. “I think the difference is the last two games is maybe we capitalize on the chances too and really made sure we stayed on them, too”.
“We’ve got some guys that have been through a lot, this team has a lot of experience in these types of situations, and I think they have that experience to draw on”. But as far as being checked by a doctor, yes, absolutely.
“That’s how it goes”. “Those are two separate things”. On Tuesday, the National Hockey League offered a maddening explanation as to why concussion spotters did nothing. Now the better team has taken control of the series.
By Tuesday the reunion was already in the rearview mirror, with all three players on separate lines during a brief by spirited practice. When Sullivan was asked Tuesday afternoon if he could confirm that, he said “No”.
Although he was not removed from the game by the National Hockey League concussion spotters, Crosby did state that he was checked out and cleared by team doctors following the first period. He lay on the ice for a moment before collecting himself and skating off.
And, the final sign: “Slow to get up or clutches his head”. “Motor incoordination/balance problems”, in which the spotter must identify the player stumbling or staggering or having trouble skating. As a player who is playing through injury and giving (presumably) everything he has on the ice to win a game for his team and city, how must it feel to see fans leaving in what could be the last home game of the season, or for a few, the last game in a Penguin uniform? .
“If a Player is Slow to Get Up or Clutches his Head following a mechanism of injury other than the three listed above, removal from play is not mandatory and Club medical staff shall exercise their medical judgment as to whether to remove the Player for an acute evaluation”. Crosby and Malkin will have to be no less than excellent on both ends of the ice Wednesday night.
Daly says the current criteria without boards aren’t random but based on a study that determined what events on the ice were “more likely indicators or predictors of (a) concussion”.
Presumably, that spotter was not deciding between pretzels and potato chips as an in-game snack when none other than Sidney Crosby, the NHL’s flag-bearer, careened down the ice in the first period, clipped the side of the Capitals’ net, and crashed headfirst – and hard – into the boards.
“I think it’s definitely a bad policy to restrict specific mechanisms off of research data”, Nowinski said.
Concussion Legacy Foundation co-founder and CEO Chris Nowinski is certainly taking aim at the NHL’s limited concussion spotters, calling the policy “a poorly written policy that should be amended” as quickly as possible.