It snapped an 0-for-11 slump for the Penguins’ man advantage and was their first 5-on-4 goal of the series

Since Game 3, the Penguins captain was dealing with an earful from P.K. Subban and a few Pittsburgh media types who unjustly questioned the legacy he’d leave behind should the series go south. Crosby responded with his best game yet, assisting on a trio of goals and mixing it up with Subban in a gritty performance.

The scoring started early when, on the power play, Crosby dished to Justin Schultz, who fired a seeing-eye shot from the point that beat Pekka Rinne just 1:31 into the game.

It snapped an 0-for-11 slump for the Penguins’ man advantage and was their first 5-on-4 goal of the series, in which they’d been 1-for-16 in total.

Pittsburgh went up 2-0 five minutes later on a goal by Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin netted a backbreaker with 11 seconds remaining in the first period. Though there were 40 minutes to go, Malkin’s goal spelled the end of Rinne, whose Pittsburgh demons returned after allowing three goals on nine shots.

Sure, a lot of words will be cynically spewed about how this is a relatively convenient way for the Blackhawks to get out from under the salary cap hell they currently reside in due to a series of short-sighted long-term contracts and no-movement clauses. And they won’t be wrong. The timing on this couldn’t be more advantageous to the only club currently over the salary cap in the NHL.

But this isn’t a story about that. Salary cap experts far more ingrained with knowledge of the minutiae of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement can explain the fallout from an organizational perspective Cheap Barcelona Jerseys better. Rather, this is about the player, and what is shaping up to be an incredibly disheartening end of what is an undeniably Hall of Fame career. The phrase “progressive skin disorder with side effects Cheap Chelsea Jerseys due to medication” couldn’t contrast more with the elegant style of his game if it tried.