Crosby a game-time decision for Game 5 against Capitals

Surprisingly, Sidney Crosby skated in full-contact practice but his return for Game 5 is not guaranteed, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

My column centers on why Crosby’s return is no stunt.

In the Penguins notebook, Bill West writes that Conor Sheary returns to practice as recovery from concussion continues.

Bryan Rust v CBJ

Bryan Rust has a history of scoring goals to finish off playoff opponents

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Bombulie writes that Bryan Rust hopes to nail down the closer’s role for the Penguins.

For the Penguins, Bill West writes, there are no pats on the back yet.

Alex Ovechkin penalty box

Alex Ovechkin against Leafs

Alex Ovechkin has a goal and three assists in four playoff games against the Penguins

In Three Periods, Bombulie writes that the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin has had half his shots blocked against the Penguins.

Alex Ovechkin back

The Capitals might move Ovechkin to third line as they face elimination, writes David Driver.


Rainbow over PNC Park

The Pirates worked through a rain delay to beat the Brewers, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Bell celebrates HR vs Brewers

Josh Bell celebrates his home run against the Brewers with Gregory Polanco

In the Pirates notebook, Biertempfel writes that Jared Hughes’ return to PNC Park was ‘a little emotional.’

Biertempfel has the scouting report for Saturday’s game against the Brewers.