P.K. Subban promises Predators will be better in Game 6

If P.K. Subban is right, his battles with Sidney Crosby won’t end Sunday.

Subban said his Predators have no choice but to improve following Thursday’s 6-0 loss to the Penguins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Facing elimination in Game 6, the Predators defenseman promised his team will play better in Nashville.

We will be better, Subban told reporters. Our season is at stake. That’s it.

Crosby, who was hit with high cross-check courtesy of Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen in Monday’s Game 3 loss, was at the Penguins’ facility but did not participate in practice earlier Tuesday. He will be evaluated again following Wednesday’s game.

Given Crosby’s history of head and neck injuries, the Penguins are expected to use caution when proceeding with their captain’s concussion. The 29-year-old superstar, who was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy on Monday, has missed dozens of games due to post-concussion syndrome in 2011 and two fractured vertebrae in his neck in 2012.

Barely five minutes into the first period, Crosby was cutting across the Capitals’ goal crease and falling to the ice when Niskanen made contact. Crosby needed to be helped off the ice to the Penguins’ locker room for evaluation and did not return to the game.

Game Kids A.J. Klein Jersey Niskanen was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for cross-checking, though it was reported Tuesday he won’t be subject to suspension for the headshot.

Womens Joseph Fauria Jersey The Penguins additionally announced the loss of forward Conor Sheary, who was also diagnosed with a concussion after colliding with teammate Patric Hornqvist during Monday’s game.

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