Minus Crosby, Penguins edge Capitals 3-2 to take 3-1 lead

80n00kdispottedsome After Mario Lemieux center picked himself off the ice after being slashed by the New York Rangers' Adam Graves earlier in the playoffs the Penguins captain picked up the Stanley Cup in 1992

Penguins' Sidney Crosby has concussion

All are suitable adjectives to describe Wednesday's loss for the Capitals.

They lost Game 4 to the Pittsburgh Penguins, this time 3-2.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) lies on the ice after taking a hit from Washington Capitals' Matt Niskanen during the first period of Game 3 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 1, 2017. But the debatable penalty, slapped on T.J. Oshie, which put Pittsburgh on the power play for the game's final two minutes, also did not make up for the Caps' inability to capitalize on what essentially was a 15-minute power play of their own in the final period. That turn of events alone is enough to leave the Capitals dejected, but it's the manner in which the loss came that was truly crushing. That's an extremely tall order, even for a team as good as the Penguins. They must move on from this as though arguably the best player in the world will not be available to them for the remainder of the Stanley Cup tournament. Without him, the Penguins gritted their way to three goals on 18 shots Wednesday. That shot disparity alone indicates that the Capitals probably should've come out on top.

"It'll be fun to watch Geno now, knowing him, knowing what he can do out there", goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said Tuesday. As he's been all postseason, Fleury was sensational. After the first-period hit on Monday, I was wondering what Don would say about it, but Rogers and the CBC have him doing the Ottawa-New York series instead. If Washington is to have any hope of a comeback, it must play smarter, more disciplined and stop shooting itself in the foot. If Fleury steals a game, it would be a dagger to the Capitals. A little bit of luck, a little bit of skill and lot of opportunism went into the Penguins' efforts offensively. Maatta found Hornqvist streaking into the offensive zone and he took advantage of the rare breakaway opportunity.

Niskanen will not be suspended for his position at Crosby, the National Hockey League said on Tuesday. Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov intercepted a pass but was unable to corral the puck near the crease, and it caromed off his skate and past Holtby. Really, they're an overtime goal by the Penguins away from being swept.

The Capitals netminder allowed three goals on 19 shots in Game 4, with two coming once again on his high glove side.

So, yes, the Capitals are badly outshooting the Penguins, dominating possession and largely limiting Pittsburgh's shot attempts. That stat alone essentially tells the story of the game.

Pittsburgh regained the lead at 11:24 of the second when Schultz sailed a slap shot under the crossbar on the power play. "I thought the guys showed character together as a team playing well offensively and defensively and getting that win". Crosby needed to be helped off the ice to the Penguins locker room for evaluation and did not return to the game.

The Washington Capitals bottom six forwards need to find the back of the net. "I think the best way to make them pay is winning, and we did tonight".

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