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.
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:
Scratches: Nathan Walker, Travis Boyd, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek, Andre Burakovsky (injury), Tom Wilson (suspension)
No scoring in the period. Penguins outshot the Capitals 9-7 through the first 20 minutes.
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.
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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.
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.
-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