Crosby returns, but Caps escape elimination

Lars Eller celebrates Ovechkin goal

Lars Eller celebrates the third-period goal by Capitals star Alex Ovechkin

The Capitals rallied to beat the Penguins and extend the series to a sixth game, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

Alex Ovechkin celebrates

Alex Ovechkin, demoted to the third line, scored a third-period goal to give the Capitals a 4-2 lead

My column focuses on how the Penguins had a chance for a storybook ending but the Capitals rallied to escape elimination.

Crosby vs Caps Game 5

Sidney Crosby returned to the Penguins’ lineup after suffering a concussion in Game 3

Crosby’s presence helped the Penguins on the power play but couldn’t deliver the clinching win, writes Bombulie.

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Bombulie writes that Capitals goalie Braden Holtby finaly one-upped
the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury
.

Patric Hornqvist defends Ovechkin

Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist: ‘I can only play one way. It doesn’t matter who my centerman is. I try to get energy to the team and finish some checks and be hard to play against in front of the net. That’s my style’

In the Penguins notebook, Crosby’s linemates try to adopt the same approach, Bombulie writes.

PLUS/MINUS (+/-): Bill West breaks down Penguins-Capitals Game 5

Check out Trib photographer Chaz Palla’s Game 5 photo gallery.

https://twitter.com/penguins/status/860987359189487616

ON THE DIAMOND

Josh Harrison’s walk-off hit scores Gift Ngoepe, as Pirates down Brewers in 10 innings, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Jameson Taillon v Reds

With Jameson Taillon out with a sore groin, Trevor Williams will start Monday against the Dodgers

The Pirates sent pitcher Jameson Taillon to the 10-day disabled list, writes Biertempfel.

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