Penguins' Hornqvist scores OT victor vs. Capitals in Game 4

The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to take a 3-1 series lead over the Washington Capitals with a Game 4 victory Wednesday night (8 ET), but doing so would be some kind of feat without No. 1 defenseman Kris Letang, who is suspended. "They outplayed us in a lot of aspects of the game", Sullivan said.

"We know when we play our best hockey we are hard to play against", Pittsburgh defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. The Sharks have not lost back-to-back games since December 18 at Ottawa and December 20 at Chicago, and coach Peter DeBoer isn't anxious about a new trend starting Thursday night in Game 4 after a 4-1 loss Tuesday night.

The Capitals and Penguins are set to hit the ice at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for a huge Game 4 on Wednesday as part of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. "We wanted to tie the game and tie the series, but overall, I think we have to play our game". "Don't worry about all the noise around it and just try to have fun out there", Murray said.

Washington's Mike Weber tried to steer the puck out of harm's way in front of the net, but it went right to Hornqvist charging in from the right circle.

"It's what probably any defenseman would have done in that situation - the puck's rolling around and you're trying to poke it out of the danger zone", Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner said.

"What happened?" Hornqvist asked about the final sequence.

Capitals defenseman Taylor Chorney added, "It squirted to somebody who was open".

Rookie Matt Murray, who made 47 saves in the win Monday that put the Penguins up 2-1 in the series, is expected to keep the starter's role for now, however.

"We didn't take advantage of it (Letang's absence)", Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "That's where it has to be then when that's done, we'll see". Washington dropped three consecutive games just once while capturing the Presidents' Trophy for posting the league's best record. "So I will sit out the one game and come back in Game 5".

But instead of building on the momentum created by Beagle's third goal of the postseason, the Capitals allowed the Penguins to wrestle it away.

But this was supposed to be the best Capitals team ever - they put up 120 points during an National Hockey League season in which no other team managed even 110.

Hornqvist took advantage of a blunder by Capitals defenceman Mike Weber to score the game victor. In fact, the Penguins are now icing the best offense in the playoffs despite not scoring on the power play or getting big contributions from some top players.

For a seven minute span in real time - four minutes of playing time, in case you were wondering - all of western Pennsylvania held its collective breath as questions arose about No. 87's status.

"When we're hitting and we're forechecking, we're playing fast".

On Monday evening, the Penguins won game three of their Eastern Conference second round series against the Washington Capitals by the score of 3-2. Daley got loose on a Penguins breakout created when they broke Washington's three-man forecheck.

"We feel as though right now we have two guys in Marc and Matt that we think are terrific goaltenders", Sullivan said Tuesday.

Pittsburgh's chances of winning looked like they took a catastrophic hit with a little less than 14 minutes to go in the game when Alex Ovechkin slashed Sidney Crosby in the hand, forcing him to head to the locker room for evaluation.

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