Penguins Put Capitals on Brink

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Once again, the Capitals are facing elimination heading into game 5 which takes place on Saturday Night in Washington. Matt Murray, Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby are all out.

Justin Schultz scored in a second straight game and Patric Hornqvist picked up his third goal of the postseason as Pittsburgh took a 3-1 lead in the series.

"While Shooting Australia's focus is and must be the development of top-level athletes for the future, we will not turn our backs on someone who has been such a great servant of our sport and our country in the past", the association said. He left Game 3 and was diagnosed with a concussion. Having said that, I think the Caps will give the Pens a run for their money and it least make things interesting by winning a couple games.

"There's no doubt we played a strong game", NY coach Alain Vigneault said.

That description would be kind of an understatement.

NHL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.8-1.8 Penguins (NHL picks on every game). Teams like the Penguins have two or three layers of potential shot-blockers as part of their defensive-zone coverage, like the teams of Sullivan's friend and colleague John Tortorella, who made laying out on the ice something of an art. No doubt, the home team was the more physical one-Penguins' hits outnumbered Washington's 40 to 30, although it would be all square if Brooks Orpik could actually catch up to half the guys he had in his crosshairs. If the Capitals played like this against the Penguins over the course of an 82-game season, they'd do pretty darn well.

The Penguins were given a day off on Thursday, but several players including Crosby gathered at the team's practice facility for a workout.

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Asked about his play, Ovechkin's coach, Barry Trotz, didn't necessarily disagree. "They need to step up right now". "Which was unfortunate. Our top players need to play like top players".

The Capitals fell behind 2-0 after a breakaway and a bad bounce, the types of things that are easy to excuse in the regular season but hard in a playoff game where the opponent is missing its best player and several other key pieces.

Capitals center Jay Beagle thought things could get "nasty" as the series moved forward.

The first, as mentioned above, was Marc-Andre Fleury. That's not exactly the type of aggressiveness in the offensive zone the Capitals were looking for in this crucial game.

Ovechkin had as many shots on goal-two-as he did minor penalties. Replays showed that Oshie's stick didn't really make contact with Bonino's face, but Oshie still took the blame.

"Tough time to get a penalty", Oshie told reporters after the game. Karlsson also played during the first round with two microfractures in one of his feet from blocking a shot late in the regular season, somehow still playing better than everyone else on the ice in the process. The natural reaction when you get is your head snaps back a little bit. The Penguins only put four shots on goal in the second period, but they netted two goals and the Capitals' offense never found a game-tying goal. That was his third goal of the series and his second straight game with one after netting the Capitals' second goal of Game 3 on Monday.

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