No Crosby? No problem. Pens beat Caps, on verge of clinching series

Hainsey and Hornqvist

Penguins defenseman Ron Hainsey and winger Patric Hornqvist celebrate the 3-2 Game 4 victory over the Capitals

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The Sidney Crosby-less Penguins battled like their captain to beat the Capitals and take a 3-1 series lead, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Hornqvist beats Holtby

Patrick Hornqvist beat Capitals goalie Braden Holtby to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Bombulie writes that Patric Hornqvist stood tall for the Penguins.

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My column focuses on how Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been impenetrable against the cracking Capitals.

Marc-Andre Fleury v Caps Game 4

Bill West writes that Fleury is like a ‘fine wine’ in the playoffs.

PLUS/MINUS (+/-): West breaks down Pens-Caps Game 4.

In the Penguins notebook, West writes that Mike Sullivan tweaked the lines in the absence of Crosby and Conor Sheary.

ON THE DIAMOND

Taillon watches Hamilton HR

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon watches Billy Hamilton round first after hitting a three-run homer

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon struggled in a loss to the Reds, writes Chris Adamski.

In the Pirates notebook, Ivan Nova is ‘excited’ to be named National League pitcher of the month, writes Adamski.

Adamski has the scouting report for Thursday’s Pirates-Reds game.