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Capitals remain confident after Game 4 loss

After failing to sweep Flyers, looking toward Game 5 on Friday

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

PHILADELPHIA -- Despite losing a potential series-clinching game, there wasn't much disappointment to be found in the Washington Capitals locker room Wednesday.

Washington had a chance to sweep the Philadelphia Flyers in their best-of-7 series but lost Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round 2-1 at Wells Fargo Center. 

"We're confident," Capitals forward T.J. Oshie said. "We're good here. It's playoffs. We expected them to have a good pushback. We have an outstanding team in here. We have a lot of guys that are extremely focused and cool under pressure, so we're going to go into Game 5 and try to take care of business."

Video: WSH@PHI, Gm4: Oshie backhands rebound to cut deficit

The Capitals lead the series 3-1 with Game 5 at Verizon Center on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, CSN-DC, CSN-PH).

"Even with the loss we I think we still have a little momentum coming into the next game," Oshie said.

Philadelphia turned to backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth for a spark and he made 31 saves. Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere scored their first power-play goal of the series less than six minutes into the first period.  

For much of the game, the Capitals couldn't match the Flyers' intensity, and Neuvirth wasn't challenged very much until the third period, when Washington put 12 shots on goal.

"We had our chances," Oshie said. "I think we need to shoot a little more, focus on getting a little more traffic. That's the one area they beat us in was traffic."

Video: WSH@PHI, Gm4: Neuvirth makes glove save, robs Carlson

Oshie scored his first goal of these Stanley Cup Playoffs in the third period when Neuvirth left a rebound in front of the net.

"It was just sitting in a pile there," Oshie said. "I tried to pull it out and it wasn't very hard, just a little flick to try to get it over the goaltender. I'm glad it went in."

When attempting to unpack what went wrong in Game 4, the obvious difference between it and the other three games in the series was the lack of power plays. Washington had two, compared to nine in Game 3, a 6-1 win on Monday.

"There should have been more power plays, but that's out of our control," goaltender Braden Holtby said.

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