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

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 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that according to franchise historian Bob Grove, the Penguins are 101-56-19 all-time without Crosby in the lineup.

"Right now it's Game Sevens, every game for us", Ovechkin said. "These guys advise us and they're very good at what they do". "It's a day-to-day process, and we're taking it each day as it comes".

Pittsburgh's 3-2 win in Game 4 on Wednesday night gave them a 3-1 series lead on their arch rivals.

That is not good news for Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who suffered what is believed to be the fourth concussion of his National Hockey League career on Monday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender came up with a more effective method of retribution against the Washington Capitals "The best way to make them pay is winning", Fleury said.

Pittsburgh built a 2-0 lead on goals by Patric Hornqvist and Jake Guentzel, blew that by giving up quick-strike goals to Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nate Schmidt. The power-play goal was scored on a point shot by Justin Schultz, and was just the second tally in the Penguins' last 13 five-on-four advantages.

"When he's your centerpiece and he's doing what he's doing and accomplishing what he's doing, you'd have to scratch your head and really dig deep into the archives of when he's played better", Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.

"Sid skated this morning". The Penguins can eliminate the Capitals for the second straight year with a win in Game 5 on Saturday. 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?

In total, it seems to be good for the future prognosis of Crosby that he is able to get into a little bit of physical activity (it's just an informal off-day skate, but hey it's something). There might be only one game left. That included stints without Crosby and others without Malkin, and Sullivan is familiar with effectively patching holes. "We try to make our players aware of that". "For whatever reason, we didn't put them in". The Senators have played with passion and energy, but NY has slowed them down in the past two games.

It is clear, and understandable, that the Penguins' offense has lost some rhythm without its star captain on the ice. His return date is uncertain.

January 1, 2011: Took an elbow to the head from Washington forward David Steckel. Four days later, Crosby was driven into the boards by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman. The Sens and Rangers are tied at two games each following New York's 4-1 win at Madison Square Garden Thursday night. Rickard Rakell also scored for Anaheim, which has won two in a row after dropping the first two games of the series at home.