Trotz defends Niskanen's hit on Crosby: 'It was a hockey play'
"I thought it was a hockey play," the Washington Capitals head coach told reporters following a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 on Monday night. "Crosby (was) coming down. (Niskanen) just sort of ran into him."
The Capitals blueliner was given a major penalty and ejected early in the first period for cross-checking Crosby as the Penguins captain was falling after being whacked by Alex Ovechkin on a scoring chance.
Trotz wasn't happy about being asked repeatedly about the hit after the game.
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby will be evaluated overnight.