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Concussed Crosby skates with Penguins, no word on return

October 19 2017, 11:40 | Van Peters

If the Penguins are panicking after Sidney Crosby's concussion diagnosis yesterday, it's tough to tell.

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

Lets stop making excuses for the Washington Capitals. Crosby returned to the lineup March 15.

Crosby suffers a high ankle sprain in a 3-0 home loss to Tampa Bay and misses the next 21 games.

"Sid's our leader, he's our captain and a great player", Fleury said. "You know, you care a lot about him. He's a Stanley Cup-winning goaltender and I think he's showing it". Patric Hornqvist, who scored the game's first goal at 4:39 and might be playing at far less than 100 percent, summed up the effort best.

While Fleury and others have stepped up in the absence of Murray, Crosby, Conor Sheary and Kris Letang, Washington is not getting almost enough out of a healthy and full lineup. The rebound chances are another fundamental problem the Caps need to erase to get back into this series. Doesn't matter what I say. He made 36 saves and became the 15th goaltender in the National Hockey League to reach 60 career playoff wins.

"He's been good", said Washington winger Justin Williams, who had an assist. "But there was no chance that I was ever going to do that". He played one game there for the Penguins this season, but has pretty extensive experience at the position in Wilkes-Barre and his college days. "We didn't find a way in the third".

Trotz declined to blame the Capitals' struggles on a mental block against Fleury or against the Penguins in general. The best revenge the Penguins could have right now would be to put the Capitals away and continue their dominance over them without their best player. "We got to get an extra save".

"You can't replace (Crosby) but I think we've shown that through the season whenever the guy's not there, other guys have to step up", Fleury said.

An overtime goal by trade deadline pickup Kevin Shattenkirk saved the playoff lives of the Washington Capitals. Hornqvist moved in and lifted the puck over Holtby's left pad.

The Penguins' advantage doubled 3:51 into the second when Guentzel's cross to Matt Cullen instead ended up in the Washington net. As potential restricted free agents, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky and Dmitry Orlov each will be due a significant raise that will make it impossible for the Capitals to keep most of their unrestricted free agents and stay under the salary cap. "That's one that you really feel for him. That's just a bounce that doesn't go our way". Nate Schmidt scored a similar goal to tie it at 8:33 of the second. "It's the playoffs. That's the way we like to play". "Sometimes they come around quickly". In the driver's seat. The road team has won all four games in this series. Wednesday night will be different and he should get to the top of his game faster. "We'll try to win that hockey game, hopefully make them nervous and then come back and win this thing". Penguins star Sidney Crosby's status going forward is uncertain. Washington had to have this game, but it never looked like a team that knew how to take it. Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher said his team should block 22 to 25 every game and called the 11 blocks in Game 3 against the New York Rangers "not even close to our standards".

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