Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary to play in Game 5 against Capitals

The Penguins come through this time of year more times than not, have been terrific at home overall and have Sidney Crosby back.

Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist for Washington, which trails the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins 3-2 in the best-of-seven series with Pittsburgh set to host Game 6 on Monday night. The Penguins have won each of the previous three.

“We came back and hopefully we build off this now, ” said Backstrom, who executed a flawless give-and-go with Burakovsky on his goal.

The Senators tied at 8:17 of the second on two fine feeds from Karlsson and MacArthur, the latter a fake shot sent cross-ice to Hoffman who buried the shot past Lundqvist.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Andre Burakovsky scored twice, Nicklas Backstrom got his sixth of the playoffs and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Monday night to force a Game 7 in their taut Eastern Conference semifinal.

The Capitals looked like the team we have been waiting for in the third period of Saturday's game. "We're having fun now".

Alex Ovechkin scored one of three third-period goals in Game 5 as Washington erased a one-goal deficit to pull off a comeback win at Verizon Center. The Capitals did not take a penalty in the final 35 minutes of play, which is not only impressive but also integral to their success. Fleury, who finished with 21 saves, owned the soft goal he allowed to Burakovsky in the second period, though.

CROSBY BACK: Sidney Crosby played 19:10, the most among Penguins forwards, and had an assist in his return to the lineup five days after being concussed. Crosby had an assist for the Penguins, who got goals from Carl Hagelin (HAG'-lihn) and Phil Kessel.

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None of it worked as Washington pushed the Penguins around. He took a nasty spill in the first period when he was slammed into the end boards head-first while he tangled with Carlson.

Earlier in his career, it was fair to question whether Letang was a strong enough defender to be considered among the best of the best, but he ended any debate last spring by playing 28:53 per game and scoring 15 points in 23 postseason games en route to winning his second Cup.

Then again, neither did any of his teammates as Washington dominated.

While Fleury struggled for the first time against the Capitals, Vezina Trophy finalist Braden Holtby had his best game of the series, stopping 20 shots. By then the Capitals already had a 1-0 lead on Oshie's fourth of the playoffs.

It wasn't unlike most of the first four games of the series, when Washington would control play for long stretches only to have Pittsburgh expertly counterpunch on its way to a 3-1 series lead.

Even though players were loose at the morning skate facing elimination, the nerves were palpable inside the arena even before puck drop.

Full marks go to the Penguins for getting the goaltending in this series. The Caps have been flirting with elimination far too much this postseason and it's finally going to catch up to them. Pittsburgh is far too risky with the man advantage to give them any opportunities on it. "They're going to have to be all in", Washington coach Barry Trotz said Sunday during a conference call with reporters. "We're going to have to push them out".

"I think obviously with the history in this locker room, what's happened in the past, it can cause you to grip your stick a little bit tighter, cause you to just not make the normal plays that we're capable of making", Shattenkirk said. He was the much hotter goaltender than reigning Vezina Trophy victor and again finalist Braden Holtby, who outdueled him in an emotional Game 5 as the Capitals avoided elimination. The Penguins were 0 for 3.

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