Pittsburgh Penguins star center Sidney CrosbyGoalie Tristan JarryThe starting lineup has been restored for Sunday's game 7 against the RangersNew York.
Coach Mike Sullivan had listed the players as “game-time decision”
Crosby, who scored nine points in the five first games of the series had to leave Game 5, after sustaining an injury to his upper body from a Rangers defenseman's high hit. Jacob TroubaThe second period was won by New York. New York won that game. ESPN was informed by sources that Crosby had suffered a concussion in the game against Pittsburgh, which ended 5-3. The Rangers won that game as well, moving the series to Game 7.
Crosby skated on Friday alone with Ty Hennes as his skills coach, and then he participated in practice with Pittsburgh. Crosby did not participate in an optional practice Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Crosby's agent Pat Brisson told ESPN that although the term concussion is not a precise term, head injuries can be very serious. “The Penguins are very careful and smart about this. Sidney’s overall well-being as a person is what's most important. They're evaluating him and following all the rules. The team doctor will make the final call on whether he plays tonight.
Jarry has not played since April 14th after breaking his foot. Backup Casey DeSmithHe was a good leader for the Penguins during the final stretch. DeSmith started Game 1 against Rangers but was forced to withdraw in double-overtime due to an injury. DeSmith was removed from the playoffs after undergoing core muscle surgery.
Third-stringer Louis DomingueThe Penguins' Game 1 triple-overtime win saw him lead the team. He also had a.898 save percent and a 3.65 goals-against in six games. He failed to score in Game 6, which included Chris Kreider's winning goal in the third quarter.
Jarry participated in Sunday's optional practice. He appeared to follow the typical procedure of a starter, which included leaving the ice first. Sullivan did not name a goalie to start Game 7.
Jarry could make his first playoff start since losing to the Penguins in the first round. New York IslandersHe struggled in a six-game series of 2021. He recorded a.888 save percentage, and an average 3.18 goals against.
Other Penguins injury news: defenseman Brian DumoulinAfter being injured in Game 1, remains out Forward Brian BoyleAfter suffering a lower body injury in Game 6,,, one the team's most important penalty killers, is currently on week-to -week. Forward Rickard RakellAfter being declared a game-time player, a hit in Game 1 caused injury to a player named ‘James' will be allowed to play.
The Penguins are the only NHL team without a Game 7 loss as a visitor and their 6-0 road record is the longest such streak in NHL history.
Rangers' Game 7 record is 9-6. This includes a 7-1 record at Madison Square Garden.
This report was contributed to by Emily Kaplan from ESPN.