Pens playing to win

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:06 PM ET

PITTSBURGH - It's the tough question for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

How long do you stick with what you're doing, and stay committed to your game plan, despite not being as successful as you would like?

"You have to know what your game looks like and be honest with yourself. You have to be honest with your team," said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who's still looking for his first even-strength point in the Eastern Conference semifinal with the Montreal Canadiens.

The series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 tonight here at Mellon Arena.

"There's always little adjustments, but we know what our game looks like and we're confident in it. We've got to stick with it. The trust is there for sure.

"We want to make sure we get this (game)," said Crosby this morning. "Its a great opportunity for us."

The defending Cup champions have outplayed the Habs for long stretches in the series, but have struggled at even strength trying to beat Montreal goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

The Habs have outscored the Penguins 7-3 in the series during 5-on-5 play, not counting two empty net goals by the Pens.

If the Pens can't find a way to win tonight, they face the fact they will have to win in what surely will be an intimidating Bell Centre experience for Game 6.

"I think we're playing with a lot of intensity," said Canadiens winger Mike Cammalleri. "There's a lot of caring going on in this room."

The Penguins should get a boost with the return of veteran winger Bill Guerin, who missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury.


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