Caps Fall in Overtime 3-2, Down 3-1 in Series

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The Capitals fell to the Penguins 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, giving the Penguins a 3-1 series lead. The Caps are now faced with winning three straight games to extend their season. Game 5 is set for Saturday night at Verizon Center. Puck-drop is 7:15 PM. 

CaptureThe Caps starting lines for game 4:

Offensive lines:
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie
Johansson-Kuznetsov-Williams
Chimera-Richards-Burakovsky
Winnik-Beagle-Wilson

Defensive pairs:
Alzner-Niskanen
Orlov-Carlson
Weber-Chorney

Brooks Orpik served his second of a three game suspension. Dmitry Orlov, Michael Latta and Stan Galiev were the healthy scratches.The goalie match-up for Game 4, provided by @washcaps:

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QUICK TAKES
The Capitals struck quick on a beautiful top-shelf back-hander by Jay Beagle just 2:58 into the contest. The Penguins would tie-it at 9:18 on a lucky double-deflection shot that found its way across the goal line. The period would end tied 1-1, with the Caps leading in SOG 16-12. The Pens would take the lead just 3:07 into the second period on a goal by Matt Cullen. John Carlson would tie it late in the second period on a top-shelf wrister. The third period would be scoreless, with the game tied 2-2 at the end of regulation. The Pens would win it quickly in overtime on a defense zone turnover.

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The Capitals came out with guns blazing, notching the games first goal just 2:58 into the opening frame on a beautiful roof-job by Jay Beagle.

The Pens Trevor Daley would tie the game at 9:18 on a crazy deflected shot. The goal was eventually credited to Sidney Crosby.

The first period would end tied 1-1. The Capitals led in shots-on-goal 16-12.

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The Penguins would take the lead on a goal by Matt Cullen at 3:07 of the middle frame.

John Carlson would tie the game for the Caps at 16:19 of the middle frame on a nifty top-shelf wrister.

The second period would end tied 2-2. The Caps led 25-24 in shots on goal through two periods of play.

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The Capitals and Penguins battled pretty evenly for a majority of the third period. The Caps started to gain an edge with about 8 minutes left in the period, but could not find the back of the net. The third period would end tied 2-2. The Caps led 34-31 in shots on goal after three periods of play.

OVERTIME
The Pens would win it on a goal by Patric Hornqvist 2:34 into overtime.

The Caps now trail in the series 3-1.

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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