Concussion spotter couldn't pull Crosby for hitting boards

And so we've come to this.

Wednesday night offers a chance for the bounces to go the other way. But we didn't play well enough in Game 4. His team has won all of those games. Pittsburgh's offense is a quick strike, counteroffensive team that likes turning mistakes into odd man rushes and their speed makes those counters lethal.

Every article you read regarding the Penguins and their Game 7 fate showcase the Pens in a negative light, and for good reason. That's when those possession stats really start to matter.

The growing knowledge of what concussions are, how they affect people differently and the long-term consequences of concussions add layers of responsibility to more than just the league. And like they did in Game 5, the Caps poured it on.

Below, check out observations from Sidney Crosby, Mike Sullivan and Barry Trotz on tomorrow's enormous Game 7.

Just because a player is deemed to be more important or talented than another, shouldn't mean they're exempt from a rule that was put in for their benefit. Washington scored in every period, scored twice on the power play, was flawless on the penalty kill, and needed just 26 shots on goal to score five times. They were knocked out of the playoffs by the Penguins last season. How many goals have they given up? A home Game 7 in the playoffs against the Penguins?

He returned in Game 5 before playing on Monday.

The Canadian star was examined by a team doctor who ruled he did not need to be removed from play for further evaluation. Both Kuznetsov and Backstrom have four goals and three assists through six games. Burakovsky has three goals in his last two games, and Ovechkin scored a big goal in Game 5. Cullen assisted on Carolina's first two goals in a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. In Pittsburgh's three wins, Fleury has posted at least a 94.3 save percentage. "Motor incoordination/balance problems", in which the spotter must identify the player stumbling or staggering or having trouble skating. That was definitely the case in Game 5.

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It looked bad five minutes into the first period when Crosby was chasing a puck behind the Capitals net and he got tangled up with Matt Niskanen.

The Capitals appeared to be on their way to another disappointing playoff exit, falling behind 3-1 in the series after four games. The answer is poor shot selection. These post-concussion tests may not be ideal - 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. One of the major factors in Washington's turnaround to this point has been better shot selection.

Momentum might not be on Pittsburgh's side in Game 7, but history is. "The shot (count) is an indication of that".

FILE - This April 28, 2010 file photo shows Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak, of Slovakia, celebrating the team's 2-1 win as Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russian Federation, skates off after Game 7 of the. "We are anxious about player safety!" and yet it's the playoffs and so he has to play. You can see the results.

Williams and the Hurricanes coach in that Game 7 against Edmonton was none other than Peter Laviolette, whos waiting for the Ducks or Oilers in the Western Conference final with the Nashville Predators. These are the games in which they live to play.

The speedy Swedish winger hasn't often hit the scoresheet in Game 7, posting just two assists, but he's played a lot of them - eight in all. The Capitals can not let the pressure change the way they have played the last two games.

"They need to revise that document", Dr. Jha says. The Penguins know what it takes to get through this.