For the first time in the series, Crosby was held without a point. Malkin registered one assist.
Pittsburgh faced a near-identical situation in last year's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Up 3-2 in the series, the Penguins allowed the Flyers to build a three-goal lead in Game 6. Pittsburgh scored five unanswered goals to win 5-3 and clinch the series.
In that contest, however, Crosby and Malkin played more prominent roles. Crosby scored the tying goal and sealed the win with an empty-netter, while Malkin set up a pair of goals, including Sergei Gonchar's game-winner.