Penguins Down the Capitals 3-1 In Game 4 To Tie the Series 2-2

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After a big win in Game 3 in Pittsburgh, the Capitals and Penguins met on Thursday night for Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena.  After a pair of goals from Jake Guentzel, the Capitals fell to the Penguins 3-1 in Game 4.

STARTERS

Braden Holtby (6-2, 2.08 GAA, .925 sv%) was in between the pipes for the Capitals.  Matt Murray (5-4, 2.48 GAA, .906 sv%) was in between the pipes for the Penguins.  The Capitals starting forward lines and defensive pairs for Game 4:

Forward Lines:
Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-DSP
Stephenson-Backstrom-Oshie
Connolly-Eller-Vrana
Gersich-Beagle-Chiasson
Defensive Pairs:
Kempny-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Djoos

Scratches: Nathan Walker, Travis Boyd, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek, Andre Burakovsky (injury), Tom Wilson (suspension)

FIRST PERIOD

No scoring in the period.  Penguins outshot the Capitals 9-7 through the first 20 minutes.

SECOND PERIOD

Jake Guentzel puts the Penguins up 1-0 9:21 into the period.  T.J. Oshie responds 12:55 into the frame on the Capitals powerplay.  It is Oshie’s 5th goal of the playoffs.  The assists were from Backstrom and Kuznetsov.

Evgeni Malkin scored 17:34 into the frame to put the Penguins up 2-1.  The Capitals outshot the Penguins 11-8 in the second frame.  Shots were 18-17 in favor of the Capitals through 40 minutes.

THIRD PERIOD

Jake Guentzel scored the empty net goal with 57 seconds left to put the Penguins up 3-1.  The Penguins outshot the Capitals 7-3 in the period.

SHAVINGS

-Shane Gersich made his Stanley Cup playoffs debut for the Capitals.
-Carl Hagelin made his return to the lineup for the Penguins.  He last played on April 22.
-The Penguins outshot the Capitals 24-21 in the game.
-The Capitals outhit the Penguins 43-25 in the game.

By: George Foussekis

About George Foussekis

I am a sports fanatic. I love hockey and football, and I enjoy writing about my two favorite sports. I am a proud Old Dominion University alum.
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7 Responses to Penguins Down the Capitals 3-1 In Game 4 To Tie the Series 2-2

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Commentary on tonight’s game — the first line, plain and simple, did NOT show up. DSP is not really a compatible addition to our current 1st line cast of characters.

    (Had fun seeing folks at the Watch Party. Too bad the game wasn’t that good.)

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