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Matchup: Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin, Game 6

Penguins captain passes Mario Lemieux for most playoff assists in Pittsburgh history

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

PITTSBURGH -- The Washington Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 at PPG Paints Arena on Monday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round, staving off elimination for the second straight game and tying the best-of-7 series 3-3.

Game 7 is at Verizon Center on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Here is a breakdown of the matchup within the matchup between Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin:

Goals: Crosby 0; Ovechkin 0
Assists: Crosby 1; Ovechkin 0
Points: Crosby 1; Ovechkin 0
Ice time: Crosby 19:57; Ovechkin 17:26


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Other numbers to note: Crosby's assist was the 97th of his career in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, breaking Mario Lemieux's Penguins record. Crosby took one penalty, a hooking minor in the first period, and the Capitals cashed in on the power play and took a 1-0 lead. He had one shot on goal and won 44 percent of his faceoffs. Ovechkin had three shots and three hits.

Best moment: With the teams playing 4-on-4, Crosby caused a turnover in the neutral zone and took off on a 2-on-1 rush with linemate Jake Guentzel against Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Crosby passed from left to right, and Guentzel one-timed the puck between goaltender Braden Holtby's pads at 16:38 of the third period to make it 5-1.

Video: WSH@PIT, Gm6: Guentzel nets Crosby's quick feed


Crosby said it: "Tonight's not good enough. I mean, we made things a little more difficult on ourselves, having to go into Washington for Game 7, but that's the way it stands right now. Got to forget this one and turn the page really quickly. But we can't expect the result we wanted with playing like that."

Ovechkin said it: Did not speak with media after game

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