Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was everything we’d hoped it be.
There was controversy, spectacular play from both sides, a commendable comeback attempt, a wild finish — even a rogue catfish on the ice. But after Game 1, the Penguins have a 1-0 series lead after beating the Predators 5-3 at the PPG Paint Arena.
Nashville led Pittsburgh in shots on goal (26-12), faceoffs and blocks (14-8) but it was Pittsburgh who pulled out the Game 1 win with goals from four different players. To their credit, Nashville overcame an early 3-0 deficit to tie the game at 3-3 late in the third period — before giving up two late goals.
The Penguins captain, in his second game back following a concussion suffered earlier in the series against the Capitals, appeared visibly shaken after ramming into the boards late in the first period.
While being slow to get up is one of the symptoms that can trigger a mandatory removal from play under the concussion guidelines implemented by the NHL this season, deputy commissioner Bill Daly told USA Today Sports on Tuesday that the Crosby play didn’t meet the requirements.
Depending on the mechanism of injury, ‘slow to get up’ does Hockey Jerseys not trigger mandatory removal, Daly said. The protocol has to be interpreted literally to mandate a removal. ‘Ice’ as compared to ‘boards’ is in there for a reason. It’s the result of a study on our actual experiences over a number Giants Cheap Jerseys of years. ‘Ice’ has been found to be a predictor of concussions — ‘boards’ has not been.