Brooks Orpik

Crosby in search of scoring touch as Game 6 looms

Sidney Crosby hovered in the left circle, waited for the pass from assistant coach Rick Tocchet before firing a laser into the far corner of the empty net.

Then the Penguins captain did it again. And again. And again, once rifling the puck with so much velocity it became lodged between the twine, a reminder that Crosby's shot — when fully unleashed — remains one of the NHL's best. The trick is finding the time, the room — and just as important, the initiative — to let it loose during a game.

It's not happening with any great regularity for Crosby during his team's hotly contested Eastern Conference semifinal against Washington. Through fifteen-plus...