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Dose: Murray does it again

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

It looks like the Penguins enjoy winning 3-2 at home as it was the second straight win for Pittsburgh.

 

They now have a commanding 3-1 lead over the Capitals with Game 5 to be played Saturday night in the nation’s capital.

 

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PITTSBURGH 3 WASHINGTON 2 (Overtime) (Pittsburgh leads series 3-1)

Oh, are the Capitals in trouble.

 

The President’s Cup winner during the regular season, Washington was favored to go all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

 

That is, until they ran into Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

Murray was sensational yet again as he backstopped the Pens to a win, making 34 saves.

 

The 21-year-old netminder came up from the minors and played in 13 regular season games, going 9-2-1 before getting concussed at the end of the regular season. He was forced to miss the first two playoff games but has not looked back since and the Penguins may go with him the rest of the way despite Marc-Andre Fleury regaining his health. Read Ryan Dadoun’s excellent column on what the Penguins could do a year from now if there is an expansion draft.

 

Patric Hornqvist became the hero of Pittsburgh (other than Murray) with the game winner 2:34 into overtime as Mike Weber’s attempt to get the puck out, found its way to Hornqvist’s stick for the winner as he beat Holtby.

 

Jay Beagle opened the scoring for the Capitals with a well-placed backhander over the shoulder of Murray as the goal silenced the crowd early on.

 

But the Penguins were not to be denied as they then scored twice, first on an innocent shot by Trevor Daley that found the five hole and beat Braden Holtby to tie the game at one heading into the second period.

 

Matt Cullen made it 2-1 Pittsburgh early in the second as he got behind the Washington defense and calmly beat Holtby.

 

The Capitals pressed and John Carlson beat Murray for his fourth goal of the playoffs to square the game at two heading into the final stanza.

 

There was no scoring in the third, setting the stage for Hornqvist's heroics.

 

Holtby, the NHL’s best goalie during the regular season has played well but Murray has been better in the series.

 

Brian Dumoulin had two assists for the Penguins.

 

Sidney Crosby left the game when he was hit by Alex Ovechkin but The Kid eventually returned to action.

 

The same can be said of Daniel Winnik who looked to be hurt when Evgeni Malkin laid him out but he also returned.

 

The Penguins had 13 giveaways to the Capitals measly two.

 

The Penguins outhit the Capitals 47-41 after being outhit in Game 4 58-25. That is quite a turnaround.

 

Crosby assisted on Daley’s goal for his first point of the series.

 

Kris Letang sat this one out as he had a one–game suspension while Washington’s Brooks Orpik served the second of his three game suspension.

 

Ovechkin led both teams with seven shots on goal while Tom Kuhnhackl and Mike Richards each had six hits.

 

Daley was a plus-three as Matt Niskanen was a minus-two for Washington.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.