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Lightning Strikes Twice: Tampa Evens Series With Capitals

18 May 2018
Lightning Strikes Twice: Tampa Evens Series With Capitals

We're not going to look back. He stopped 13 shots in the second, and kept the Lightning from falling behind.

Like some hockey version of Indiana Jones, the Lightning triumphantly pulled its way back to safety and is now again eagerly searching for hockey's holiest grail.

It was six seconds that turned a golden chance for Washington in Game 4 on Thursday night at Capital One Arena to take control of this series into a wasted one.

The road team has won all four games of this series. After all, they fell to 3-5 in the nation's capital this postseason, while they are 7-1 in away games. First by making what Garry Galley called a "Savard-ian spinarama" after former Habs great Serge Savard, and then with a wicked blast for the game's first goal.

"We're happy with the victory".

"Well, we've seen him for two years now", Hedman says.

All three Tampa goals came on Holtby's right side of the net, and perhaps Tampa has figured out his weakness. This new verse was about Andrei Vasilevskiy recording 9 of his 36 saves in the final period.

"Wow, unbelievable, " Hedman said.

"He's an outstanding player", Stamkos said. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponents power plays. You need a goalie to steal a game now and then.

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.

"Right from the start, we knew (he was on)", forward Alex Killorn said. He certainly wasn't willing to miss another opportunity after having been injury-prone his entire career. They outshot the Lightning by an obscene 39-20 margin, and they also won 29 of 46 faceoffs in the first 40 minutes. Yet it was tied 2-2. "Vasy was there to bail us out". That's why he's one of the best goalies in the world. It backs itself into a corner, losing games you never think it will lose, only to crawl out of danger. Game six will be in Washington DC on Monday night. Well, scratch that. That's nearly expected at this point.

I was on the Washington Capitals in both road games and we cashed both as big underdogs, and I thought they would take that same energy onto their home ice. "[Killorn] looked a little surprised, but he handled it well".

The Capitals dominated even-strength play Thursday night. Everything that could have gone wrong for it pretty much did. The Capitals lost all of those series as the President's Trophy winners and favorites.

With his goal, Evgeni Kuznetsov moves into a tie for most playoff points with 21. The Caps lead the Eastern Conference Finals 2-1 over Tampa Bay. "I think that affected their second [period]".

"We knew we had better in us, " Cooper said.

That's why Cooper didn't light into his team after the second. "He played well in the second two", Wilson said. "Luckily for me, the other guys played it really well, so we didnt really give much up when that happened". The Capitals went 2 for 7 in the first two games, while the Lightning scored twice on the power play in Game 3.

Braden Holtby recorded 16 saves on 19 shots faced. That goal was the victor. But Stamkos returned to the ice shortly after, ready to lead the Lightning charge. It won a game. You want to be on the ice.

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That stretch was part of a chunk of almost 21 full minutes of game time - the last 10:41 of the first period, followed by the initial 10:11 of the second - during which Tampa Bay never putt a single official shot on net.

The scored remained 2-2 until the 11:57 mark of the third when the Lightning got the go-ahead goal from Alex Killorn. The Lightning's captain now has a power-play goal in each of this series' first four games, and his team has capitalized on the power play at least once in each of the past nine contests.