The Capitals scored early to take a 1-0 advantage, but gave up a quick goal just over a minute later to bring the score to 1-1. Coach Barry Trotz didn't mess with his top two lines, but Backstrom could easily be promoted to skate with Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie in Game 5.
Before Orlov's name could be announced over the loudspeaker, Brayden Point finished off a lovely passing play set up by Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde. Washington controlled the pace of play for the rest of the period, and were aided by three Tampa minors. Kuznetsov made no mistake with his shot, sniping the puck through the pads of Vasilevskiy to tie the game at two. Tampa Bay would take advantage not long after, with Steven Stamkos finding the back of the net. During the regular season, he accounted for 21 goals and 50 assists in 81 regular season games. Sometimes that's what it takes to win the Stanley Cup. "He's one of our key leaders and one of our best players". Home team Washington is -120 on the money line, meaning you would need to risk $120 to win $100, while Tampa Bay is +100 (risk $100 to win $100). After giving up 10 goals on 62 shots in Games 1 and 2, Vasilevskiy saved 36 of 38 shots in each of the two games in Washington. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
They won despite falling behind about 4 1/2 minutes into the game.
But even in a series that has dominated by the road teams, it might be too much for the Capitals to win another game at Amalie Arena and stem the momentum the Lightning have built the past two games.More news: Microsoft Launches May Xbox One Update Today, Features Discord Support
The Lightning power play, which is 6 for 14 this series, got an opportunity with 10:09 left in the game after center Lars Eller was called for his second penalty of the contest and his fifth infraction in the past two games.
The go-ahead goal came thanks to a defensive breakdown, when Killorn was left pretty much alone and scored 6 seconds after a Tampa Bay power play expired, putting in a pass from Ondrej Palat.
Washington's first power play of Game 4 was crisp and produced five shots, although none got past Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and it's successfully killed off 79.3 percent of all opponent power plays. Stamkos in particular has been lethal.
Stamkos now has a goal in all four games this series. Note to Washington, you may want to put a body on the guy who finished the regular season fifth in power play goals. Maybe it takes some insane pre-game theatrics, like a knight cutting a jet in half, to win on home ice? The road team is 4-0 in the last four meetings.More news: Nawaz Sharif to soften stance after 26/11 statement
Both teams have played effectively this postseason with Washington at 10-5, and Tampa Bay winning nine of its 13 games. They laid an egg in Game 3.
You can say that Vasilevskiy absolutely stole a game for the Lightning. Nothing has come easy for this team, as everyone knows.
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby didn't get a chance to make almost as many saves, given the shot discrepancy: Washington ended up with 38 to Tampa Bay's 20.
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No. 19 hasn't been medically cleared to play yet, not that it couldn't happen ahead of Game 3.