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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby ruled out for Game 6

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May 7, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) takes the ice against the New York Rangers during the first period in game three of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins won 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not play in Friday’s Game 6 against the visiting New York Rangers, coach Mike Sullivan confirmed.

Crosby, who absorbed a high, hard hit from Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba in Game 5 on Wednesday, did not participate in Pittsburgh’s morning skate Friday. Crosby did skate with skills coach Ty Hennes.

Sullivan also ruled out goaltender Tristan Jarry and defenseman Brian Dumoulin, while forward Rickard Rakell is a game-time decision.

The Penguins have a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Game 7, if necessary, would be on Sunday in New York.

Crosby, 34, did not return to the game after the second-period hit from Trouba, who was not penalized on the play or disciplined by the league. The Rangers stayed alive in the series with a 5-3 home victory.

Crosby has two goals and seven assists in the series. In the regular season, the three-time Stanley Cup champion had 31 goals and 53 assists in 69 games.

Jarry has not played since breaking a bone in his foot on April 14. He resumed on-ice workouts last weekend.

Dumoulin (undisclosed) and Rakell (head) have not played since Game 1, a 4-3 victory by the Penguins in triple-overtime on May 3.

–Field Level Media