The View From Pittsburgh

Even Down 2-0, Pittsburgh's Crosby Relishes Matchup

On a night for transcendent offensive performances, the Capitals use an Alex Ovechkin hat trick and enough stops from goalie Simeon Varlamov to eke by three goals from Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby at Verizon Center.
By Ron Cook
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Staff Writer
Monday, May 4, 2009; 11:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- For the simple reason that Sidney Crosby is inspired out of his mind and playing the best hockey of his spectacular career, it's still easy to like the Penguins' chances of climbing out of the 0-2 hole they find themselves in this morning against the Washington Capitals.

It would be a lot easier, of course, if Evgeni Malkin actually, you know, did something to help the cause, but I'm simply not willing to write off the Penguins just yet because of the way Crosby is going.

He has been fabulous in these Stanley Cup playoffs.

He was fabulous last night in the Penguins' 4-3 loss at Verizon Center, scoring all three goals to take over the NHL postseason lead with eight.

Wouldn't you know this Ovechkin fellow of the Capitals -- the great Alex Ovechkin -- would end up matching Crosby goal for goal by getting his team's two goals in the third period to complete a marvelous hat trick?

It was no surprise that Crosby did all he could to carry the Penguins. The Capitals are the opponents, right? They get Crosby's juices going almost as much as the hated Philadelphia Flyers, whom Crosby helped take out in the first round.

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