Penguins Get News On Sidney Crosby Ahead of Game 6

Ever since Sidney Crosby went down after an elbow to the head in the second period of Game 5, Pittsburgh Penguins fans have been holding their breath about his status for Game 6 against the New York Rangers. This morning, the bad news was in.

According to head coach Mike Sullivan, Crosby did skate this morning, but not with the full-team skate, just with skills coach Ty Hennes. He will NOT play in Game 6 Friday night. 

Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that he'll join No. 1 goaltender Tristan Jarry and top D-man Brian Dumoulin on the sidelines. 

Crosby had been on fire in the series, with 9 points through the first 5 games, his best playoff performance in four years. The last time Crosby missed a playoff game was in 2017. 

The Pens have shuffled the lineup accordingly for Game 6, going by the morning skate. Evgeni Malkin moves up to center the top line.

Pittsburgh gets another chance to close out the Rangers tonight, leading the series 3-2 now, but they'll have to do it without their leading scorer.  

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