Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with teammates after Marian Hossa, right, of Slovakia scored the first goal of the game against the New York Rangers in the first period during Game 3 of an NHL Eastern Conference semifinal hockey playoff series, Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
WASHINGTON (AP) - So much for all of the hype about Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin, Penguins vs. Capitals, Game 7. This second-round series ended with a thud, thanks to a perfect performance by Sid the Kid's Penguins - and a lackluster one by the Capitals.
Crosby scored twice to take his NHL-leading playoff goal total to 12, and Pittsburgh chased rookie goalie Simeon Varlamov early in the second period while shutting down Ovechkin most of the night in a 6-2 victory over Washington on Wednesday.
Everyone chipped in for the Penguins, from the stars to the second thoughts, from regular-season scoring leader Evgeni Malkin's two assists, to fourth-line forward Craig Adam's first goal in 42 career postseason games. Second-year defenseman Kris Letang 38-year-old Bill Guerin and Jordan Staal scored, too. Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves and didn't allow a goal until his team led 5-0.