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Crosby and Ovie trade goals, near-misses

Monday, 05.04.2009 / 8:17 PM / Conference Semifinals: Washington vs. Pittsburgh

By NHL.com Staff

Sid the Kid did it again. When he stuffed in a Sergei Gonchar shot from the point on the power play, Sidney Crosby started Game 2 pretty much the same way he launched this series during its opener on Saturday: He scored the game's first goal.

For Crosby, it was his sixth goal in eight postseason games this spring, well ahead of the Pittsburgh star's six goals in 20 games during the Penguins' run to the Stanley Cup Final.

Crosby's goal was the only score of a high-flying, entertaining first period. But just more than two minutes into the second period, Crosby's rival and star opposite, Alex Ovechkin, answered with his own superstar score. Sergei Fedorov started the play, passing to Viktor Kozlov, who found a wide-open Ovechkin at the center of the left-side faceoff circle. Ovechkin banged in home to set off a raucous home crowd celebration, as the Caps tied up the game, 1-1.

Ovechkin now has five goals for the playoffs. Fedorov's assist on the goal , for the record, pushed him into 15th on the all-time NHL scoring list. The veteran Fedorov passed, guess who, Penguins legend and principal owner Mario Lemieux.

Ovechkin totaled five shots on goal in the first period, including a pair of early saves by Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury that is sure to draw raves from teammates after the game. Ovie also lost his helmet with 14 seconds left when tussling with both Gonchar and Chris Kunitz

Caps goalie Simeon Varlamov, who is playing in his 7th career playoff game after only six NHL regular-season games, returned the favor of sorts by stopping Crosby on a close-in shot late in the period when the Penguins were working a 5-on-3 power play. After a leg save on Crosby, the rebound caromed out to Gonchar and Varlamov made a rising glove save.
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