NHL Playoffs: Minus Crosby, Penguins Edge Capitals to Take 3-1 Lead

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Pittsburgh leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 with Game 5 set for Saturday in Washington.

Gibson held off the Oilers over the first 10 minutes of the game when they outshot the Ducks 8-3. After dropping Game Four by a close margin, the Caps began searching for something to blame.

Diamond, a veteran trap shooter, is a six-time Olympian and won gold medals at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Games.

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"I knew that I got all of it, but I didn't know it was going in", Schultz said. "I didn't think I hit him that hard, but I have been on the other side". He scored two goals in a 52-second span, the first a whistling shot from the slot and the second a smooth one-time finish in front of the net. While Ovi was clearly off his game, he was not credited with any giveaways on the scoresheet, though some of his passes were intercepted.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan wouldn't rule out star Sidney Crosby for Game 5 of their series at the Washington Capitals, after Crosby skated in full gear at an informal practice on Thursday. Every game right now for us is [a Game 7], so we have to win three to move forward. "So that was the question we asked ourselves when we put together the combinations that we did". "He's been a very good player for us throughout the course of these playoffs, and we're going to rely on him that much more. "(Malkin) is an elite player.

What in Alex Ovechkin's past would make him think that he - and his teammates - are "ready for that?" Another second-round loss to the Penguins after winning the Presidents' Trophy for the second season in a row would be a painful déjà vu. But the debatable penalty, slapped on T.J. Oshie, which put Pittsburgh on the power play for the game's final two minutes, also did not make up for the Caps' inability to capitalize on what essentially was a 15-minute power play of their own in the final period.

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Trotz called out all of his top players.

Tonight the Ducks with the 20th 2 goal comeback so far in the playoffs.

And while those other holes have been readily patched - the Penguins' defense has been sharp in the playoffs and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been even sharper - Crosby's status remains a key for the Penguins in this series, and potentially beyond it. And so does his head coach. And while the Penguins all expressed optimism that he would be back soon, the fact is nobody on the planet can pinpoint when he'll be healthy enough to play again. "Our backs are against the wall". We believe he'll get the job done for us. On the third line, Lars Eller and Tom Wilson combined for nine shots on goal.

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You don't need a scorecard to figure out who Trotz is talking about here. But perhaps the most surprising aspect about this year's playoff debacle is the different ways the Capitals are beating themselves. Teams like the Penguins have two or three layers of potential shot-blockers as part of their defensive-zone coverage, like the teams of Sullivan's friend and colleague John Tortorella, who made laying out on the ice something of an art.

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