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Hornqvist’s OT Goal lifts Penguins past Capitals

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PITTSBURGH-The Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday.

Capitals forward Marcus Johansson was available to play against the Penguins in Game 4. Johansson sat out the Capitals’ morning skate Wednesday and did not practice Tuesday.

He left the game with 4:19 left in the first period of Game 3 on Monday when he was hit by Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, but he returned at the start of the second period and played the rest of the game.

Letang received a one-game suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday.

Tom Wilson sent the puck into the corner and Jay Beagle tracked it down, flipping a backhand from a tough angle to open the scoring. The Capitals took a 1-0 lead 2:58 into the first.

The Penguins flew in on a rush and Trevor Daley‘s shot deflected off Karl Alzner, finding the net through traffic to tie the game 1-1 at 9:16.

The game was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes. Shots were in favor of Washington, who outshot Pittsburgh 16-12.

Early in the second, Pittsburgh won a faceoff and Tom Kuhnhackl chipped the puck ahead to Matt Cullen, who scored on a breakaway for a 2-1 lead at 3:07.

Justin Williams gained control of the puck and passed it to John Carlson, who cranked his shot into the net, tying the game 2-2 at the 16:19 mark.

No goals were scored in the third. Therefore, the game was forced into overtime.

Patric Hornqvist made the Capitals pay for a turnover, going five-hole to light the lamp, giving the Penguins a 3-2 overtime win. Hornqvist’s game-winning goal was his fifth of the playoffs.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said he appreciates Hornqvist’s willingness to do “the thankless jobs,” such as going to the net.

 

“It’s hard not to love this guy,” Sullivan told Penguins correspondent Wes Crosby of NHL.com. “He just loves hockey. He loves being around it. He loves to compete. He’s full of energy. He wears his emotions right on his sleeve, sometimes to a fault, but we love him.”

Matt Murray made 34 saves for Pittsburgh. Braden Holtby made 30 saves for Washington.

Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 3-1.

Notes:
Capitals
Scratched: Nate Schmidt, Michael Latta, Stanislav Galiev

 Suspended: Brooks Orpik

Penguins
Injured: Olli Maatta (upper body), Bryan Rust (lower body), Kevin Porter (ankle surgery), Scott Wilson (lower body), Beau Bennett (undisclosed), Eric Fehr (undisclosed)

Scratched: Steve Oleksy, Jeff Zatkoff

Suspended: Kris Letang

Up Next: The series will shift to the Verizon Center. Game 5 is Saturday at 7:15 pm ET on CBC, TVA and NBC.

NOTE: This article was written by Ana Kieu.