Sidney Crosby returns, but Pittsburgh Penguins fall to Washington Capitals in Game 5
Sidney Crosby returned, but the Pittsburgh Penguins couldn’t finish off their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. Instead, the Penguins fell 4-2 and the teams will return to Pittsburgh for Game 6 on Monday.
Both Crosby and Conor Sheary played in Saturday’s Game 5 for the first time since sustaining concussions in Game 3.
The Penguins entered the third period with a 2-1 advantage, but the Capitals dominated the final frame. They scored three goals, including two in a 27 second period, to pull away and extended the series.
Pittsburgh took an early lead at the 10:34 mark of the first period. At the 19:30 mark, Andre Burakovsky tied the score at 1-1. The Penguins then scored the only goal of the second period, taking a 2-1 lead on a power play goal by Phil Kessel off assists from Evgeni Malkin and Crosby.
The Penguins now lead the series 3-2. It will continue with Game 6 on Monday at PPG Paints Arena.