Jake Guentzel says the potential absence of captain Sidney Crosby won't stop the Pittsburgh Penguins progressing from their Eastern Conference first-round series.
(This article was originally published on 12.05.2022)
The Penguins hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series against the New York Rangers and are 4/9 to prevail and 18/1 to go on to win the Stanley Cup, which you can watch on our Sports Live Streaming platform.
Pittsburgh had the opportunity to eliminate the Rangers in game five on Wednesday but gave up a 2-0 lead to lose 5-3 after Crosby was forced to leave the game in the second period following a hit by Jacob Trouba.
Crosby played two shifts after the awkward collision but wasn't able to continue with coach Mike Sullivan saying his "upper-body injury" is "being evaluated" after the game.
Three-time Stanley Cup champion Crosby has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the five games of the series, while 27-year-old winger Guentzel has seven goals in the series - scoring in every game so far.
Game six of the series is on Friday in Pittsburgh where the Penguins outscored the Rangers 14-6 in games three and four.
Guentzel said to the media: "We've got plenty of leaders on the team that have been through a lot. You never want to see a player like that leave, but we've got the group to step up. We have a lot of capable guys in the locker room. We've got to find a way."