Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

NHL: Capitals overwhelm Penguins 5-2 to force Game 7

But the latest Sidney Crosby incident shows it's still not working.

The NHL's concussion protocol does not stipulate a certain amount of days a player must sit out after being diagnosed.

One week later at Canadian Tire Centre, Holtby posted a 30-save shutout while Condon gave up just one on 20 shots, to T.J. Oshie in the game's second minute.

He rose slowly to his feet, seemingly disoriented, but remained in the game. "Yup. Yeah. Pretty standard", was his response.

After the game, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby was never checked for symptoms of a concussion.

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It's that kind of thing that the National Hockey League had in mind when it made the changes to the program prior to this season.

"You have to be ready when the puck drops", NY wing Jesper Fastsaid. One of those visible signs is "slow to get up". Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponents power plays. These post-concussion tests may not be flawless - National Football League players have admitted to cheating to beat the tests, so that's possible in hockey, too - but having so many loopholes shows it's little more than window dressing in the end. But that amount of time when play is still going on is the equivalent to an eternity. Six, including two on the same penalty in Game 6 on Monday. The first two? The "06 Oilers he beat and the 2012 Los Angeles Kings, who got 15 points during their run from Williams". A soft goal after several games of phenomenal play from Fleury seemed to deflate both him and his teammates, and Washington carried play for the remainder of the second. The protocol is right there in black and white.

If that evaluation happened, it didn't take place immediately. Washington defenseman Brooks Orpik played for the Penguins that night.

"Depending on the mechanism of injury, "slow to get up" does not trigger mandatory removal," Daly told USA Today "The protocol has to be interpreted literally to mandate a removal".

The NHL revamped its policies entering this season by implementing a staff of Central League Spotters, positioned in the NHL's Player Safety Room in NY, who can remove a player if he displays any symptom or sign of a concussion. It's a chapter in the legacy of the two most important players of their generation, Sidney Crosby and Ovechkin. They are being more selective, more patient and getting better quality shots. "The fun part is the obstacle, and the obstacle is a good team in Pittsburgh". It was supposed to take team personnel off the hook. Crosby didn't leave the bench, and skated his next shift. And all of that is completely understandable under the circumstances.

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"We have to play all together like a team and we did (Saturday)".

The NHL recently expanded its concussion spotters program to include both personnel in the arena and "a new staff of Central League Spotters [that] will monitor all games from the Player Safety Room in NY". It's not fair to them. "I think there were some chances to be had there a few times and we just didn't execute".

The Penguins struggled to maintain any kind of pressure in the offensive zone in Game 6.

On Jan. 12 at Canadian Tire Centre, Mike Condon made 29 saves and Bobby Ryan, Tom Pyatt, Hoffman and Stone scored against Murray in a 4-1 win over the Penguins, whose only response came from Conor Sheary.

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