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Crosby struggling like Ovechkin against Canadiens

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are learning what the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin discovered in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Playing the Montreal Canadiens isn't nearly as easy as it looks.

The Canadiens were an average team during the season, finishing 16th in the overall standings and sneaking into the playoffs with a point gained from an overtime loss. If any team figured to exit the playoffs quickly and without making much noise, it was them.

Instead, they came back from a 3-1 deficit to eliminate the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals - winning twice in Washington - and they've repeatedly frustrated the Penguins' Crosby and Malkin while earning a 2-all tie in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Game 5 is Saturday night in Pittsburgh

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