The Washington Capitals have lost game four against the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 tying up the series 2-2. The Capitals will play game five at home Saturday at 7:00 PM.
The Capitals played a weaker game, and looked lost with Tom Wilson serving his first game of his three game suspension. The Capitals still out checked the Penguins 43-25, but passing looked very sloppy, and the Capitals took a lot of dumb penalties that cost them the game.
Both even strength goals from the Penguins came when the Capitals where short handed. After a slashing penalty from Chandler Stephenson gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead after Jake Guntzel scored.
Even though some of the penalties where controversial, and one goal was very controversial when Braden Holtby had covered the puck, but Patrick Hornqvist made contact with Holtby to lose possession of the puck for a Evgini Malkin goal to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead The goal was also questioned if it crossed the goal-line, but the ref should’ve blown the play dead.
The Capitals did respond in the second period when TJ Oshie tied the game before the controversial call scoring on the power play.
The Capitals played a sloppy period in the third with bad passing and lack of getting shots on net. The Capitals only had three shots on net during the entire third period compared to Pittsburgh’s seven.
Alex Ovechkin had a very quite night with zero shots on the the entire game and showed some bad passing. Holtby was the best Capitals player all night stopping 21 shots. Hopefully the Capitals rebuild there game plan and win game five Saturday.
At least at the end of the game TJ Oshie showed why he’s a team leader and dropped the gloves against Pittsburgh Penguin defensemen Kristopher Letang and destroyed him in a fight. Oshie didn’t start the fight, but he finished it