Pittsburgh Penguins: Don’t Worry About Game 3 Defeat

May 1, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino (13) during the second period in game three of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
May 1, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino (13) during the second period in game three of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Pittsburgh Penguins fell to the Washington Capitals in game three on Monday night, allowing the Capitals to cut the series lead to 2-1.

It was a game of many ups and downs. With unfortunate injuries and goals given up, the Capitals managed to take a game from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Now it may have not been the worst game played by the Penguins, but there was an evident disappointment in play surrounding that game. But nevertheless, don’t sweat, as the Penguins still showed a lot of promise in that game.

Crosby and Sheary Updates

First off, let’s get the bad news out of the way. During game three, both Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary unfortunately suffered hits to the head that resulted in injuries.

Both of them unfortunately suffered concussions and will be out for game four.

This is a sudden and unfortunate occurrence for the Penguins. After battling countless injuries during the season, this pair of injuries comes as one final blow to add to the absences of Kris Letang and Bryan Rust.

We Can Still Beat Out These Capitals

Fast forward to the third period of game three. The Penguins were down 2-0 with the game dwindling down, and it looked as if the Capitals would take an easy regulation win.

Well don’t doubt these Penguins. With less than two minutes left, the Penguins were able to tie the game in under a minute. Strong efforts by Evgeni Malkin and Justin Schultz allowed the Penguins to take the game to overtime in the dying moments of the game. Talk about a team to never drop your guard against.

Even though the Penguins may have lost in overtime, we really showed one thing above all: that we can handle these Capitals like nobody else.

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We may have dropped this game, but we forced it to overtime. We’re good enough to push this team to their limits. We are that strong of a team, and going forward, we really shouldn’t have too much difficulty closing out this series.