Penguins Beat Capitals 3-2, Push Caps to the Brink

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 Wednesday night at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins now lead the series 3-1 with Game 5 set for Saturday night at Verizon Center. Puck drop is 7:15 pm. 

Braden Holtby got the start in goal for the Capitals. Marc-Andre Fleury got the start for the Penguins.

The Capitals went with 7 defensemen, with Karl Alzner playing in his second consecutive game.

Paul Carey, Brett Connolly, Taylor Chorney, and Chandler Stephenson were the healthy scratches.

Sidney Crosby missed the game due to a concussion he suffered in game 3.


  • The Capitals had two crucial offensive zone penalties in the first period.
  • Trailing 2-0, the Caps scored two goals in 72 seconds to tie the game in the middle frame.
  • Dmitry Orlov would score an own-goal that would prove to be the difference in Game 4.
  • Nate Schmidt scored a goal, marking his first career playoff goal. Schmidt has recorded three points in eight games this postseason (1g, 2a) and four points (1g, 3a) in 18 career playoff games.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov (7:21) and Nate Schmidt (8:33) scored 1:12 apart in the second period, marking the fastest two goals Washington has scored in a playoff game since May 2, 2013, when Marcus Johansson (14:21) and Jason Chimera (15:07) scored 46 seconds apart in the second period against the NY Rangers.

The Penguins would strike first on a break-away goal by Patric Hornqvist at 4:39 of the opening frame.

The period would end with the Penguins leading 1-0. The Capitals outshot the Penguins 12-9 for the first period. The Capitals were 35% percent at the dot for the opening frame. The Capitals would be called for two offensive zone penalties during the first period that went a long way at nullifying any consistent momentum.

The Capitals began the period with 70 seconds of carry-over power play time, but would be unable to convert. The Penguins would stretch the lead to 2-0 on a fluke goal off of Dmitry Orlov’s skate at 3:51 of the second period. The goal was credited to Jake Guentzel.

Evgeny Kuznetsov would get the Capitals on the board with a goal at 7:21 of the middle frame.

Nate Schmidt would tie the game for the Capitals with a blast from the left circle at 8:33 of the middle frame.

The Penguins would regain the lead on a power play goal by Justin Schultz at 11:24 of the second period.

The period would end with the Penguins leading 3-2. The Capitals outshot the Penguins 17-5 for the middle frame and 29-14 through two periods of play.

The Capitals continued to tilt the ice in their favor for a majority of the final frame, but could not dent the twine. The Penguins would defend and ice the puck for a good portion of the remaining period. The Penguins held on for the 3-2 win.

By Jon Sorensen


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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 interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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