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Backstrom playing for Capitals in Game 4 against Lightning

Backstrom playing for Capitals in Game 4 against Lightning

While nearly everyone here in the Bolts Nation is celebrating and reveling in the return of the Lightning team they have come to know and love, Capitals fans are in search of blood.

Following a regular season where they converted 24.9 percent of all power-play opportunities (the third-best), the Lightning have connected on 30.0 percent of their power plays in the postseason. Head coach Barry Trotz maintained that Backstrom remains day-to-day and has not been medically cleared.

The Lightning defense killed three power plays by the Capitals in the first.

"They have two lines that check really hard and can move the puck well". Washington would get one goal back on the ninth goal of the playoffs by Evgeny Kuznetsov, with 3:02 left, but the Lightning would not allow it to get any closer.

With our without Backstrom in Game 4, the Capitals must limit Tampa Bay's power play.

Washington will look to end the visiting streak in this series. Puck drops at Capital One Arena at 8pm Eastern. Alex Killorn pots a backhander from the net front justttt after the power play expires, his fifth goal of the playoffs.

Unfortunately for them, they are not going to get their wish.

The 1995 series (New Jersey-Philadelphia) and the 2004 series (Calgary-San Jose) both had the road team win the first five games before the home team closed it out in Game 6. We talked about this.

"He's a big reason for why we're here right now". He's a one of a kind player. "You play the whole year a certain way and then the playoffs come and it's a little faster and bit more physical, but you still play the same way". If he can turn on his performance in this all too important matchup, the Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy will be in for a very busy night on the road. The main hero of the match was goalkeeper "Lightning" Andrey Vasilevsky, who made 36 saves.

This is the fifth time since conference finals started in 1982 that the first three games were all won by the road team, according to STATS, Inc.

This may be the unpopular opinion, and we can't even believe we are about to say this, but the NHL Department of Player Safety made the right call here. "That's how you get success". We all know it's going to be a tough series. Stamkos has 33 goals and 68 assists to his credit (and has logged at least one point in 62 games).

"He's the backbone of our team", goaltender Braden Holtby said. "He's our best player".

"We've seen him for two years now", Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman said. "And that's how it should be".

Tampa Bay is 63-32 straight up (SU) and has earned 11.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. Its stars leading the way. A Lightning victory guarantees a sixth game.

"We haven't done anything yet".

Stamkos would take the opening goal for Tampa Bay at six minutes into the first period on Tuesday. "That's what we came in here tonight to do".

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