National Hockey League taking a look at Wilson hit on Pittsburgh's Aston-Reese

Game 4 is Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

Given a chance to push Pittsburgh to the brink of elimination, Washington instead struggled to generate much pressure outside of the power play.

The Capitals took their first road loss after starting the postseason 4-0 away from home. Guentzel netted his second goal of the night into a vacant Caps cage to account for the 3-1 final.

He crumbled forward and was checked by trainer Chris Stewart but remained in the game. Malkin took an initial shot that beat Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby but rang the post and slid across the goalmouth. His 10 goals and 11 assists lead all players in postseason scoring. Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier in 1988 are the last two players to reach 20 points in 10 or fewer postseason games. The puck glided to the left inside corner of the painted area, Patric Hornqvist made a play on it and Evgeni Malkin dove in to poke it across the line. "I don't think there's any denying that". He does a lot of good things for us and, at times maybe he straddles that line a bit. That halted the Washington power play and put the Pens a man to the good, setting the stage for Malkin's go-ahead goal. "So he's been a big part of our team's success".

During a second-period kerfuffle on the boards, Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby appeared to spit at Evgeny Kuznetsov after the two got into a verbal exchange.

With the win, Pittsburgh evens the series at 2-2 and ensures itself of another home game on Monday in Game 6.

It was only ruled a goal after an official review, and then it withstood a Trotz challenge that sought goaltender interference.


Malkin was playing in his second game after returning from a lower-body injury.

"We played like it is game seven tonight for sure", said Malkin. One of the issues with numerous television replays has to do with parallax angles, making it at times look like there is space between the puck and the goal line from a head-on angle when in fact the puck is actually sitting on the line when seen in tight from the overhead (often the most conclusive angle). The Capitals were 1 for 3 on the power play.

The Capitals entered the game more than a little peeved. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and a broken jaw.

The Penguins got winger Carl Hagelin back for the first time this series.

The guys in front of Murray made his job relatively easy. Holtby stopped 21 shots. We know we're going to have to play really well, but it's possible. Our biggest asset has been bouncing back, either after a win or a loss. That just shows what we can do.

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