Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Penguins get past Caps in Game 4

Penguins get past Caps in Game 4

"Other times they don't".

Will a player such as Jake Guentzel, who leads all NHLers in the post-season with seven goals, be almost as effective without Crosby on the ice with him?

The Capitals captain has one goal and three assists in this second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and hasn't had more than three shots in any game.

Crosby, who hails from Cole Harbour, N.S., has missed 167 National Hockey League regular-season games due to injury, including the first six of this season with a concussion he suffered during a pre-season practice, and losing Crosby for an extended period would greatly affect the Penguins' chances to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

Sidney Crosby was back on the ice Thursday, but his status for the remainder of the playoffs remains unclear.

This, however, is something different. "I thought it was a great team win".

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 hit. The NHL saw it that way, which prompted the usual nonsense about how the league is stuck in the old days and doesn't protect its players.

To make matters worse, the Penguins power play had gone 0 for 8 over the past four-plus periods when Justin Schultz reversed that trend with the game-winning goal.

"I haven't talked to him as much, obviously, since I changed teams, but when I was here I got along with him really well", Niskanen said.

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Capitals center Jay Beagle believed things could get "nasty". "It's the playoffs. That's the way we like to play".

Frankly, they need a lot to happen, to the Penguins and to them- so bad and good. It's hard to say exactly what is wrong with Holtby other than the Vezina Trophy finalist hasn't looked up to par with his regular season brilliance. Even without Crosby, Pittsburgh is a very deadly team.

There was no conspiracy to take Crosby out of the game. Most teams don't come back from this, and these Caps never have. He's a hell of a player. This happens. It's [the media's] job to talk about what happened and we'll move forward.

Crosby suffered a concussion - another in a series of head injuries during his career - when Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen hit him high as Crosby was stumbling to the ice after getting tripped up with Alex Ovechkin's skate. "I loved our compete level".

You can't win. Not in the age of Twitter of super-slo-mo replays. Their first goal came after Patric Hornqvist burned the slow defensive pairing of Brooks Orpik and Karl Alzner, collected a pinpoint stretch pass from Olii Maata and beat Braden Holtby. As good as he has been in the playoffs, he's going to have to be better.

The Capitals established a 2-0 lead in Game 3, as Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the first two goals. "I hope he's going to be fine and he's going to be back in this series". McDavid picks Gretzky's mind frequently.

Crosby was falling down, and Niskanen got his stick up and hit him in the head.

The Ducks will likely be without forward Patrick Eaves, who was limited in the third period of Game 3 with a lower-body injury.

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