Lightning Strikes Twice: Tampa Evens Series With Capitals

Lightning Strikes Twice: Tampa Evens Series With Capitals

More critically, Wilson hinted (and their play bore out) that the Capitals were somewhat "tentative" after that first-period hit, their early aggressiveness gradually draining away until the Lightning scored. Washington has dropped two straight and the series is now tied at 2. Dmitry Orlov made a nice spin move at the blue line to the keep the play alive. Stamkos has 33 goals and 68 assists to his credit (and has logged at least one point in 62 games). The Washington defender tried a not-so-nifty behind the back blind backhand pass in his own zone, which Johnson picked up, and then it was tic (Johnson), tac (Yanni Goude), one-time toe (Point).

After going up 2-0 on Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Caps came home and delivered a clunker on Tuesday, deservedly losing 4-2.

For Washington, it does come down to opportunities. Andrei Vasilevskiy raised his game under desperate circumstances for the Lightning.

"When he shoots it like that - he's done it for so long and scored so many goals from there - I think it is hard to cover him", Tampa forward J.T. Miller said of Stamkos.

Stamkos said he felt like the team had a bit of a chip on its shoulder after last season's disappointing finish and believed the team had put itself in position for playoff success this year.

Even on a team featuring Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals have gone how Backstrom has gone for the better part of a decade.

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So far, the home team hasn't won a game, is that about to change?

Washington went into Tampa and took the first two games decidedly winning 4-2, and 6-2. The six-foot-one, 194-pound centre, who chose to re-sign with the Lightning in June 2016, had been off to a fast start, collecting nine goals and 11 assists in 17 games before the injury. If the puck were a metaphor for criticism in these last two games, the Tampa netminder has shut that nonsense down. In 2010, Yaroslav Halak stopped 131 of 134 shots in the final three games of a first round series to lead Montreal over the highest scoring team of the 21st century. It's a best-of-three series thanks to the Russian goaltender. The boxscore will say the Lightning went 1-2 on the power play. Lars Eller has taken five penalties through this series and three of those minors led directly to goals. Later, six seconds after Eller finished serving a hooking infraction midway through the third period, Tampa winger Alex Killorn found a soft spot in some scrambled coverage and slid the eventual victor past goalie Braden Holtby. 55 of its games have gone over the total, while 35 have gone under and just five have pushed.

Both the Lightning and the Capitals have a center who is questionable to play tonight. "Just got to try to find a way to win the next one at home, for sure". "No one expected 4-0, right?"

Taking a cue from their coach, the Capitals' dressing room was an optimistic place after Game 4, despite a parade of frustrating squandered chances.

They won despite falling behind about 4 1/2 minutes into the game. "Everybody knows that. This team's just used to that, but we're going to go to Tampa and expect us to respond".

Now the Lightning will host Game 5 on Saturday night, with Game 6 back in Washington on Monday. The latter was the game-winning goal from Tampa's Alex Killorn. Maybe the Lightning players should spend the night at the hotel prior to Game 5.

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