The Washington Capitals lost their third straight contest to the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night 3-2 in OT. The Caps jumped out first and played a pretty even game, although the defensive effort was severely lacking. Besides John Carlson and Matt Niskanen, the defensive corps of the Caps proved to be their undoing. Dmitry Orlov struggled throughout the night and Mike Weber set up the game winner for the Pens.
Jay Beagle scored the first of Game Four on a sharp angle shot from the left of the net. The Pens then scored two straight from Sidney Crosby and Matt Cullen. The third period would see many chances for both teams, however, the game would require overtime. The Caps would fall to a 3-game deficit in the series off of a goal from Patric Hornqvist. The final score was 3-2.
Braden Holtby played well, however, he did not have the blue line support that he needed to secure a win, allowing three goals on 33 shots. Matthew Murray would win yet another playoff game with a 34-save performance for Pittsburgh.
The Capitals fall to (5-5) and face elimination this Saturday at 7:15 in DC. Hopefully, the Caps can defy history and pull out a series win.