If the Caps by chance encountered them a genie who offered them a guarantee that they could replicate their on-ice product from Monday night, but the result would remain obscured, would they take it? You could probably bet on it. Too bad. The Caps didn't come remotely close to capturing the dominance they saw in Game 3, and lost in overtime after playing far below their capabilities for most of the night.
Now let's take a look at what worked and what didn't in Game 4.
- Getting Started Early
We're going to go with one "what worked" tonight (and limit ourselves in "what didn't," though we could go on and on). There are no silver-lining in this situation, and not a lot to take solace in, unless you consider the volume of 3-1 series leads Caps fans have seen dissolve. The Caps needed to be better tonight. They weren't.
- Defending Evgeni Malkin
Malkin finished regulation at a break-even possession count, but he was tied at this point for the Penguins team lead in individual scoring chances with there, which Patric Hornqvist and Matt Cullen both equaled. The stats don't really do the on-ice product justice in this instance. Rest assured, the Caps didn't have an answer for Evgeni Malkin during this one.
- Braden Holtby
- Barry Trotz's Decision To Play Mike Weber