Rangers avoid out, Crosby injured, Florida turns 3-0 down and now leads the series against Washington

Sidney Crosby was injured in Game 5 of the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers.

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The first round of the NHL playoffs remains exciting: The New York Rangers avoided the end on Thursday night with a 5-3 home win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. At the same time, the Florida Panthers and the Calgary Flames were able to take a 3-2 lead and turn their series around.

Rangers were 2-0 down against the Penguins after 28 minutes with goals from Jake Guentzel and Kris Letang, but then turned the game around with goals from Adam Fos, Alexis Lafreniere and Jacob Trouba in less than three minutes before Guentzel again with his seventh Goal of the series equalized. Filip Chytil on the power play and Ryan Lindgren with an empty net goal ensured Rangers victory in the final period. With the Penguins, Sidney Crosby had to retire about five minutes before the end of the second period due to injury. The Penguins are now only leading 3:2, game 6 is on Saturday night.

The fans in Sunrise/Florida experienced another crazy game (after the dramatic victory of the Panthers in game 4): The Washington Capitals led 3-0 after almost four minutes in the second period (twice TJ Oshie), then the Panthers turned up the heat: Carter Verhaeghe, Patric Hörnqvist and Sam Reinhart equalized until the end of the second period, again Verhaeghe (fifth goal in the series, he was involved in all goals in the game – franchise playoff record) and Claude Giroux finally made the 0:3 a 5:3. The favorite (who hasn’t scored an overage goal on 16 occasions) is leading 3-2 in the series, game 6 is on Saturday night.

And the Calgary Flames, also favorites in their series, are leading again after the fifth game. And they also came from behind in the game: Jason Robertson had made it 1-0 for the Dallas Stars in the 34th minute, but Mikael Backlund (47th) and Andrew Mangiapane (51st) made it 2-1 for the Flames . Trevor Lewis made it clear with 58 seconds remaining. Game 6 will also take place here on Saturday night.

The Edmonton Oilers and Leon Draisaitl will play Game 6 with the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night. The Oilers have to win to avoid going out. Defender Darnell Nurse, who was suspended for a game 5 headbutt, will be out. The Colorado Avalanche is the only team that has qualified for the second round so far.