Capitals vs. Penguins live stream, Game 4

The Penguins were missing their best player, Sidney Crosby, because of a concussion, their best defenseman, Kris Letang, following season-ending neck surgery, and Matt Murray, who was their No. 1 goalie before he sustained a lower-body injury prior to Game 1 of their first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Statistically speaking, the Caps might have been all over the defending Stanley Cup champions, firing 38 shots at Marc-Andre Fleury compared to Pittsburgh's 19 shots on goal. "And our top guys, I thought, weren't as good as they needed to be".

Crosby, who hails from Cole Harbour, N.S., has missed 167 National Hockey League regular-season games due to injury, including the first six of this season with a concussion he suffered during a pre-season practice, and losing Crosby for an extended period would greatly affect the Penguins' chances to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. "As a player you don't want that stuff to happen". Outscoring them is another matter entirely. The Capitals survived when Kevin Shattenkirk flipped a shot from the point by Fleury 3:13 into overtime.

Let's stop seeing curses, bad breaks or bad playoff formats and let's acknowledge the Capitals for what they are: a good team that consistently fails to rise to greatness in the postseason.

Pittsburgh Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby skated in full gear this morning at the team's practice facility in Cranberry, according to head coach Mike Sullivan.

"I think shot blocking's a last resort", said Ian Cole, the Pittsburgh Penguins' shot-blocker extraordinaire.

Consider the Capitals believers. The Capitals were called for seven penalties in total, including one by Ovechkin's top line buddy TJ Oshie that effectively killed any chance of a Washington comeback. And yet all those opportunities have translated into just one victory.

"Now our backs are against the wall", Trotz said.

"One of the things in playoff hockey is you have to earn the right to play", Trotz said. The Capitals are unable to rack up goals despite the mounds of pucks they fire towards the net. Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov intercepted a pass but was unable to corral the puck near the crease, and it caromed off his skate and past Holtby. The work that Rowney and Kuhnhackl did at the end of the second period to kill two minutes of a high-sticking double minor taken by Matt Cullen will be talked about throughout the summer if the Penguins advance.

For starters, Pittsburgh beat Washington 3-2 in Game 4.

"Obviously they still have lots of talented players, experienced players". "We need other guys to step up and we've been doing that all year".

The loss gives Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 5 Saturday night at the Verizon Center. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with eight goals, Evgeni Malkin has 12 assists and Phil Kessel has 32 shots on goal. Throw in 20 OTs and it has been a wild post season. The "Mario Kart" showdown Beagle wanted will have to wait too.

Save for a scrap in the second period that amounted to little more than an extended wrestling match between Chris Kunitz and Tom Wilson - who made a run at Kunitz but missed - things stayed relatively tame.

An emotional and energetic start and a dash of luck allowed Pittsburgh to build a 2-0 lead. He moved in and lifted the puck over Holtby's left pad.

  • Julie Sanders