Caps take out Crosby, beat Pens in OT in Game 3; Bucs fall to Reds in 10

Niskanen checks Crosby

Crosby cross checked

Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (above) crosschecked Sidney Crosby, who missed the rest of Game 3

The Penguins lost Game 3 to the Capitals in overtime, without Sidney Crosby, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

My column centers on the cheap shots by the Capitals that injured Crosby.

Crosby down v Caps

Penguins head athletic trainer Chris Stewart tends to Sidney Crosby

Upgruv’s Rob Rossi writes that Alex Ovechkin is the real culprit in Crosby’s injury and that the NHL must punish the Capitals star.

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Jonathan Bombulie addresses Game 3 moments that could provide a blueprint for the Penguins.

Malkin checked by Orpik

Shut out in Game 3, Bill West writes that the Penguins power play could face challenges with Crosby out.

PLUS/MINUS (+/-): West breaks down Game 3 of Pens-Caps.

Fleury and Cole Game 3 Caps

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury taps defenseman Ian Cole before Game 3 against Washington

A Game 3 photo gallery.

ON THE DIAMOND

Cutch homers v Reds

Andrew McCutchen’s home run in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds tied him for the second-longest active streak of reaching safely in consecutive games (20)

More miscues at second base contribute to Pirates’ loss at Reds, writes Chris Adamski.

In the Pirates notebook, Adamski writes that Elias Diaz was recalled for depth at catcher.

Adamski has the scouting report for Tuesday’s game at the Reds.

ON THE SOUTH SIDE

Zach Mettenberger 2

Zach Mettenberger was inactive for 12 regular-season and all three playoff games for the Steelers

After drafting a quarterback, the Steelers released Zach Mettenberger, writes Joe Rutter.