Penguins' Crosby passes concussion test, might play Game 5

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) is checked into the boards by Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) during the first period of Game 5 in the second-round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturd. John Carlson followed shortly after, then Burakovsky scored the final Washington goal. Through the first four games of the series, Fleury had stopped 93.7 per cent of shots, which is bordering on otherworldly.

The NHL decided not to suspend either of the Capitals' players, while Crosby is out indefinitely. As the Capitals in front of him closer resembled the Penguins in their collective confidence, Holtby breathed easier and began to do his part to match Marc-Andre Fleury's efforts as a goaltender.

This is the fourth time the Penguins and Capitals will meet in a Game 7.

But no matter how this campaign ends, with Washington down three games to two going into Monday's Game 6 in Pittsburgh, Kuznetsov's play is assurance that the future of the franchise is still brimming with bird-flapping celebrations. The Capitals beat him time and time again in Game 5 to bring his save percentage all the way down - sarcasm here, folks - to 92.5 per cent.

The momentum carried over two days later and 250 miles northwest.

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Crosby had an assist and three shots on goal in 19:10 of ice time, but the Penguins lost 4-2. Sullivan also moved rookie Guentzel alongside Malkin and put Conor Sheary with Sidney Crosby. With Sidney Crosby in the penalty box for hooking 12 minutes into the period, the Capitals were a man-up and had the ideal opportunity to use passing geometry to their advantage.

Crosby is a nominee for the 2017 Hart Trophy after scoring 44 goals and picking up 89 points in 75 games. Washington managed just two shots on goal in the 12-plus minutes after Kessel gave the Penguins a lead. The Pens don't want to go to Washington for a Game 7 after a 3-1 lead.

They let the Capitals score three goals in the third period to cut their series lead from 3-1 to 3-2.

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I'm not saying that that was the right thing to do. "It's about playing for each other, and we've been doing that all year". Beal's backcourt mate, John Wall, had 27 points despite missing his first nine shot attempts, and he added 12 assists .

This time, there would be no response by the Penguins.

Adding Ovechkin to Eller's wing not only adds some strength to an already physical line with Tom Wilson, but it also makes it more of a scoring threat that Pittsburgh has to account for.

Ovechkin cut across the top of the left faceoff circle and his initial shot was blocked by Ron Hainsey. "This is going to be an opportunity for our team to respond and to play a strong game in a pressure situation".

Yet instead of simply trying to protect its advantage, Washington kept pressing.

Burakovsky tied it 1-1 with his first goal of this postseason with 30 seconds left in the first period, after Hagelin scored his first at 10:24 to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead. "We've got to go back and refocus". The Predators will face either the Anaheim Ducks or Edmonton Oilers for the right to come out of the West. So it was nice to get a goal today and an assist for Nicky.

Nashville will play either Anaheim or Edmonton.

Backstrom tied the game 2-2 at 2:49 of the third period.

Instead, Kevin Shattenkirk scored for Washington in the extra period. The first came on two fine feeds from Erik Karlsson and Clarke MacArthur at 8:17, the latter a fake shot sent cross-ice to Hoffman who buried the shot past Lundqvist. Jonathan Bernier came on and finished with 25 saves.