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Round 2, Gm 4: Capitals at Penguins

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Pirates pitcher Cole cheers on Penguins

Asked to tone it down after heckling Capitals during Game 4

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Gerrit Cole has fun at Game 4

Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole cheers on the Pens

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole showed up to Game 4 of the Pittsburgh-Washington series to cheer on the hometown Pens

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole threw some high heat at the Washington Capitals during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Cole, wearing a Sidney Crosby jersey, had seats near the glass at the blue line and used his location to heckle the Capitals, so much so he was spoken to by a Consol Energy Center security guard.

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Crosby OK after slash by Ovechkin

Left Game 4 briefly in third period, but was on ice for Pittsburgh's overtime goal

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby said he was fine after briefly leaving Game 4 against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday following a slash on his left hand by Alex Ovechkin in the third period.

Crosby was angry as he left the ice, thrashing his stick against the wall as he walked down the tunnel. But he returned a few minutes later and was on the ice for the overtime goal by Patric Hornqvist that gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 win at Consol Energy Center.

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Toughest test of season for Capitals

Regular-season champions face win-or-go-home scenario after Game 4 loss to Penguins

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH - Over and over, the Washington Capitals kept talking about how resilient they've been in battling through adversity this season.

Whatever this group overcame during a regular season in which they ran away with the Presidents' Trophy and never lost two consecutive games in regulation was nothing compared to the situation they're in now. This is the real thing, and they're in it deep.

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Penguins pull together, put Capitals on brink

Defensemen thrive with extra minutes, build 3-1 lead with Game 4 win

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins won a game they weren't supposed to win Wednesday to move one win away from winning a series they aren't supposed to win.

"We like a challenge," Penguins rookie goalie Matt Murray said.

It seems like no challenge is too great for the Penguins, who defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Patric Hornqvist's overtime goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Consol Energy Center despite not having either member of their top defense pair in the lineup.

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Daley shoulders load on defense in Letang's absence

Plays team-high 28:41, scores Pittsburgh's first goal in Game 4 win

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley did his best Kris Letang impression Wednesday.

With Letang, their best defenseman, serving a one-game suspension, the Penguins realized they would have to use a collaborative effort to fill that void in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Washington Capitals. Each of Pittsburgh's six defensemen saw increased minutes, but Daley shouldered a particularly heavy load.

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Instant analysis: Capitals at Penguins, Game 4

Pittsburgh takes 3-1 series lead without Letang, Maatta

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 in overtime in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday.

The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.

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Stats: Ovechkin vs. Crosby, Game 4

Crosby gets first point of series, no points for Ovechkin in overtime win by Penguins

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 in overtime in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday. Patric Hornqvist scored the winning goal at 2:34 of overtime.

The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-1 and can close it out in Game 5 on Saturday at Verizon Center (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Here is a look inside the in-game and in-series matchup between Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Penguins center Sidney Crosby:

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Penguins win Game 4 early in OT against Capitals

Hornqvist scores to give Pittsburgh 3-1 lead in second-round series

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Patric Hornqvist put the Pittsburgh Penguins one win away from the Eastern Conference Final. And he pushed the Washington Capitals one loss from an early offseason.

Hornqvist scored 2:34 into overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win against the Capitals in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday.

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Penguins' Letang respects suspension ruling

Pittsburgh defenseman to sit out Game 4 after hit on Washington's Johansson

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang said he understands the reasoning behind his one-game suspension.

The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Letang for one game Tuesday, meaning he'll miss Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.

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Ovechkin's dominance forcing Crosby to lift game

With zero points through three games, Penguins captain knows he needs to be better

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Exactly seven years ago Wednesday, in a Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Verizon Center between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin brought their rivalry and the one between their two franchises to new heights.

It's known as "the dueling hat trick game," with Ovechkin pulling the trick first and Crosby matching him with three goals of his own in a 4-3 win for the Capitals

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