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Matchup: Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin, Game 2

Penguins captain has two assists in second straight road victory

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

WASHINGTON -- The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 6-2 at Verizon Center on Saturday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round. They lead the best-of-7 series 2-0.

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 2; Ovechkin 2
Points: Crosby 2; Ovechkin 2
Ice time: Ovechkin 23:19; Crosby 20:12

Other numbers to note: Crosby reached 148 career points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, passing Jaromir Jagr for second in Penguins history. Mario Lemieux is first with 172. Crosby needs one assist to tie Lemieux's record of 96. He has four points (two goals, two assists) in this series to Ovechkin's three (three assists). Ovechkin has 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) to Crosby's 19 (10 goals, nine assists) in 15 playoff games between them. Crosby had two blocked shots Saturday, and one led to a 2-on-1 rush and a goal.

Video: PIT@WSH, Gm2: Kessel finishes Crosby's nice feed

Best moment: In the second period, Crosby reached behind his back for a pass as he was skating through the neutral zone. On his forehand, he pulled the puck between his legs and kept going into the Capitals zone with ease. He drew three defenders to him, including Ovechkin whacking away from behind, and dished from left to right. Wide open, Phil Kessel shot into the right corner of the net to put the Penguins ahead 2-1.

Crosby said it: "You have to go out there and execute at the end of the day. I thought we pushed hard. Guys are blocking shots, and you know we put some pucks in. So we got to continue to do that but also improve in other areas."

Ovechkin said it: "They win two games in our building, so we just have to go out there and try to win Period One."

Video: PIT@WSH, Gm2: Niskanen hammers one-timer for PPG

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