It comes down to Game 7 for Penguins-Capitals

Crosby and Beagle exchange blows

Both Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Capitals center Jay Beagle played in Game 7 of the 2009 ECS

My column centers on the Penguins’ Game 7 edge over the Capitals and how their veteran leaders plan to share their stories of winning in Washington in 2009.

Crosby and Ovechkin

The Capitals have not advanced past the second round since drafting Alex Ovechkin in 2004

The Penguins face tactical decisions and personnel matters for Game 7 against the Capitals, writes Jonathan Bombulie.

In a surprise move, Matt Murray returned to practice and will be the backup goalie for Game 7.

Hagelin celebrates goal v Caps

Cullen celebrates shorty v Caps

Penguins Carl Hagelin (above) and Matt Cullen have impressive Game 7 resumes

On the Chipped Ice A.M. edition, Bombulie writes that Carl Hagelin and Matt Cullen have Game 7 pedigree.

Crosby crashes into boards

A doctor cleared Penguins captain Sidney Crosby of concussion protocol after head-first hit into boards in Game 6, writes Bombulie.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby crashed head-first into the boards in Game 6

Penguins search for smarter ‘space plays’ against Capitals, writes Bill West.

In the Penguins notebook, Jerry DiPaola writes that players stay loose despite urgency.


Tomlin gives official an earful

Tribune-Review photographer Chaz Palla has been honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The above photo of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin screaming at an official, titled “Ear Full,” was selected as Photograph of the Year for the 2016 NFL season.


Josh Harrison throw vs LAD

Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison’s throw couldn’t get Julio Urias out at first in the fifth inning

The Pirates fell to the Dodgers in extra innings, writes Glenn Rabney.

In the Pirates notebook, Rabney writes that Gregory Polanco returned to right field.

Jameson Taillon at Marlins

Former Phillies star John Kruk shared advice with Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon, who had surgery Monday for suspected testicular cancer

John Kruk has a message for Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon: Don’t rush back from cancer treatments, writes Rob Biertempfel.

Former teammate Andrew Lambo confident Taillon will beat cancer, writes Biertempfel.


James Conner will wear No. 30 for the Steelers.