Capitals on Life Support After Blowing Big Chance Against Shorthanded Penguins

May 4th, 2016 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

This was their chance. This was where the Washington Capitals would get even and go home, back to the Roar in Red at Verizon Center, back to a best-of-three with a "Can you hear us now?" swagger.

The Capitals were the desperate team, which we hear so often is a provably beneficial intangible for a playoff team, while the Pittsburgh Penguins could afford to lose one. Besides, there was the built-in excuse of not having their best defenseman on hand.

Instead, the Capitals are going back to Washington facing what appears to be an insurmountable task, a three-games-to-one hole after a crushing 3-2 overtime loss in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Consol Energy Center. Patric Hornqvist's one-timer past Braden Holtby early in OT—after Washington defenseman Mike Weber slid the puck to his waiting stick—gave the Pens a victory they probably didn't deserve. Just like in Game 3 on Monday night.

Weber's one-handed attempted to clear of a loose puck in front of Holtby was one of only two official giveaways on the night by the Capitals. The Penguins were ...

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