Statistically Speaking: Vasilevskiy steals one for the Lightning

Statistically Speaking: Vasilevskiy steals one for the Lightning

Still, the reason they've squandered a 2-0 lead in games over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals is their futility in specialty situations: both on the power play and penalty kill.

It remained somewhat of a tender topic through the first two games against Washington, which poses so many matchup problems with its power play with Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who tied the game at 2 on Thursday night less than two minutes before Hedman was called for his penalty. Kuznetsov and Ovechkin are tied for the second most goals among playoff scorers with 10 each.

Before Orlov's name could be announced over the loudspeaker, Brayden Point finished off a handsome passing play set up by Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde. From there, it was as easy as 1-2-3 for Tampa Bay: Johnson passed to rookie Yanni Gourde, who moved it to Point, whose immediate shot from close range gave Holtby no chance.

Vasilevskiy was tested early and often in this one, as the Capitals peppered the net with shots. Anthony Cirelli was able to officially ice the game with an empty-netter with two seconds to play. Contributing to the Washington momentum surge was the play of the home team. And sometimes, the better team doesn't win.

They need to find a way to beat Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was outstanding.

The Tampa Bay Lightning won Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals despite going the equivalent of more than a period without a shot on goal. "It's our job to make him look like the goalie from the first two games. You could tell as the game went on he was getting more and more comfortable, so he's going to be a much-needed asset for us in these next few games, for sure".

Game 5 will be Saturday night in Tampa, Fla.

Nicklas Backstrom returned after missing the first three games of the series (and four total) with a hand injury. It's a best-of-three series thanks to the Russian goaltender. Washington's power play is now 1-for-10 in the last three games.

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Brayden Point - The Lightning centre contributed a goal and an assist in Game Four at Washington; it was the third straight game in which Point recorded a goal and an assist, and he has 16 points (7 G, 9 A) in 14 playoff games.

A hard-luck loss included two penalties by fill-in No. 2 center Lars Eller, who has five penalties in the past two games. Killorn pushed the puck between goalie Braden Holtby's pads. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays.

NOTES: Stamkos has one power-play goal in each game of the series. Stamkos in particular has been lethal.

"He's definitely a core part of this team, a tremendous leader, a guy you look up to and a guy you follow into battle", winger Tom Wilson said.

Can anyone win at home? But unless they figure out their issues with or without a man advantage, they may squander another golden opportunity. They laid an egg in Game 3.

For Game 4, Backstrom centered the third line alongside Chandler Stephenson and Brett Connolly.

Maybe it just isn't in the cards for the home team in this series. Game 4 is in Las Vegas on Friday night. He was slow to get up and skated to the bench bent over in apparent pain, before hobbling down the tunnel to the team's locker room.

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