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Plus-minus: Penguins' Crosby returns to form in crucial Game 4 victory

| Friday, May 19, 2017, 11:54 p.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
The Penguins' Sidney Crosby scores past Senators goaltender Craig Anderson during the second period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final Friday, May 19, 2017, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

No game sheet is complete without plus-minus, a sometimes misleading statistic that attempts to reflect a skater's two-way performance.

The Tribune-Review's version of plus-minus for the postseason also addresses two-play, albeit with more taken into account.


Penguins F Sidney Crosby

The captain finished with a game-high five shots on goal and recorded his first multipoint performance since Game 2 of the second-round series.


Penguins D Olli Maatta

His goal forced Ottawa to abandon its defensive structure a bit more and attempt to generate offense. He had a team-high 24 minutes, 58 seconds of ice time.


Penguins G Matt Murray

Put under the microscope in his first start since early April and presumably aware that a poor outing might reopen the door for Marc-Andre Fleury, Murray made key stops early on solid scoring chances for Ottawa.


Penguins D Brian Dumoulin

A fortunate bounce netted him the winner. Dumoulin did more than enough as part of a solid penalty-kill unit, as he logged a team-high 4:30 of short-handed ice time. Ottawa tallied just five shots on goal during four power-play opportunities.


Senators D Erik Karlsson

Though not particularly dominant on the puck possession front, Karlsson still delivered when the Senators needed him, as his slap shot that snaked through traffic and eventually slipped past Murray kept hope of a comeback alive late in the third.


Senators G Craig Anderson

He finished with 32 saves, but two of the three goals he allowed hardly qualified as unstoppable shots from the Penguins.


Senators F Derick Brassard

On the bright side, Brassard was on the ice for 17 Senators shot attempts and just nine for the Penguins during five-on-five play. He lost seven of eight faceoffs, though, including all five he took in the neutral zone.


Senators F Jean-Gabriel Pageau

His penalty set up Sidney Crosby's power-play goal. He did little to help offset the transgression with offensive contributions, as he tallied just one shot on goal and two attempts.

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