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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and goaltender Tristan Jarry make decisions ahead of Game 7


Pittsburgh Penguins star center Sidney Crosby and goaltender Tristan Jarry are “game time decisions” ahead of Sunday’s Game 7 against the Rangers in New York, according to coach Mike Sullivan.

Crosby, who had nine points in the first five games of the series, left Game 5 after suffering an upper-body injury from a hit by Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba in the second period. New York rallied to win this game. Sources told ESPN on Friday that Crosby was sidelined in Pittsburgh’s 5-3 Game 6 loss with a concussion. Rangers also rallied to win that game, pushing the series to Game 7.

Crosby skated individually with skills coach Ty Hennes on Friday, then took part in practice with Pittsburgh on Saturday. He did not take an optional practice Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Jarry hasn’t played since April 14 after breaking his foot. Backup Casey DeSmith played well leading the Penguins in the final stretch. He started Game 1 against Rangers but had to go into double overtime with an injury. DeSmith underwent core muscle surgery and was ruled out of the playoffs.

Third stringer Louis Domingue led the Penguins to a Game 1 triple overtime win but had an .898 save percentage and 3.65 goals-against average in six games. He struggled in Game 6, especially on Chris Kreider’s game-winning goal in the third period.

Jarry took part in Sunday’s optional practice and seemed to follow a starter’s routine, including going off the ice first. Sullivan declined to name a starting goaltender for Game 7.

This could be Jarry’s first playoff start since the Penguins’ first-round loss to the New York Islanders in 2021, a six-game series in which he struggled, recording a save percentage. .888 saves and a 3.18 goals-against average.

In other Penguins injury news, defenseman Brian Dumoulin remains out after being hurt in Game 1. who was injured on a hit in Game 1, is a game time decision.

The Penguins are the only NHL franchise not to lose Game 7 as a visitor, and their 6-0 road record is the longest such winning streak in NHL history.

Rangers’ all-time record in Game 7 is 9-6, including a 7-1 mark at Madison Square Garden.

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