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Round 2

Matchup: Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin, Game 5

Capitals forward scores goal in third period; Penguins captain returns after missing Game 4 with concussion

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Verizon Center on Saturday. The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

Here is a breakdown of the matchup within the matchup between Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who returned after sustaining a concussion early in Game 3 and missing Game 4, and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin:

Goals: Ovechkin 1; Crosby 0

Assists: Crosby 1; Ovechkin 0

Points: Ovechkin 1; Crosby 1

Ice time: Crosby 19:10; Ovechkin 17:46

 

[RELATED: Complete Penguins vs. Capitals series coverage]

 

Other numbers to note: Ovechkin has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 19 games when the Capitals have faced elimination. Crosby has 96 assists in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, tying Mario Lemieux for the Penguins record. In the 17 playoff games they have played against each other, Ovechkin has 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists). Crosby has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists).

Best moment: Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead 4-2 at 7:47 of the third period, 27 seconds after Evgeny Kuznetsov gave them the lead. Ovechkin took a pass and skated into the offensive zone. He cut to the right and took a shot. Penguins defenseman Ron Hainsey blocked it with his left shoulder, but Ovechkin grabbed the puck and fired it from the right hash marks into the upper right corner of the net.

Crosby said it: "Felt good. There were some chances there. We just missed. Some nights you just don't execute as well. I think there were some chances to be had there a few times, and we just didn't execute."

Ovechkin said it: "Obviously we knew we have to make a push and we have to play the same way we did all game. I think we play well, we manage the puck, all four lines play solid and we got result."

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