WASHINGTON – With just over eight minutes in regulation, the Washington Capitals survived the deadliest power play in the postseason.
The House The crowd roared in recognition of the penalty shootouts of the capitals. For a moment, the crowd exhaled.
All Tampa Bay Lightning had to tie the Eastern Conference Finals, which was a short moment of satisfaction for their opponents.
Mikhail Sergachev held the puck in the zone and sent him to Ondrej Palat, who defended it against Alex Killorn in the midst of three defenders who pushed past goalkeeper Braden Holtby.
It was six seconds after the penalty shoot-out. It was six seconds that made a golden opportunity for the Capitals in Game 4 on Thursday night to take control of this series in a wasteful, as the Lightning ended the conference finals at 2-2 with a 4-2 win in the Capital One Arena completed
Alex Killorn scored the tiebreaker with about 8 minutes, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning outlasted the equivalent of more than one time a shot at the gate to the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Thursday night, …
Capitals middle Nicklas Backstrom back in the lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final, but the Lightning took the win after even the series at two Play per piece.
It does not matter how many viewers were in this year's NHL playoffs – home teams have a hard time getting the job done.
"I can call it what it is, it's a missed opportunity, if we pick a home, it's a different series," said striker Tom Wilson a game in which the Capitals tipped the ice with 65 shot at 45 for the Lightning.
"You have to stay positive," Wilson said. "It could be more frustrating if it were the other way round: that they trumped us and we did not get a look and blah blah blah. We are confident in our game, we knew it was not going to be easy and all of us were pretty happy with our game, except for a few bounces. "
Coach Barry Trotz believes the capitals will continue to fight as well.
"We'll fight each other out, this group was tough" All hell is going on all year round. Nothing is easy for this team. Everyone knows that, "said Defiance.
The capitol of the capitals was an optimistic place after Game 4, despite a series of frustrating, wasted chances, shooting 38 shots at Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy and taking two pucks from him had three power games during a 6-minute, 36-second track in the first time without them being able to show anything.
This is partly because the Lightning made some changes to their penalty to Alex Ovechkin neutralize
"Tonight they played a bit different, [Ovechkin] gave many looks. He got some shots and they made some nice blocks, "said defender John Carlson." I think tonight it seemed like we were playing a lot of recreational games in the power games with draws and other stuff, but a little bit too a lot and after that. We have a chance and they freeze, that's it. "One of the main reasons."
They failed to take advantage of the Lightning killers that ran on exhaust fumes.
"It took us time to finish there, all the punishment we did, our boys were gassed, all the mental stress, the same people are on ice all the time," said Tampa coach Jon Cooper. "I think that influenced her second [period]."
There was also this second power game when Tyler Johnson missed a stick they could not move. Washington's power play has now been 1-10 in their last three games.
The Capitals were unable to exploit a Lightning team on the ropes, one that did not shoot at 9:16 in the first half 10:19 of the second period
They did not manage to use 2:34 from 6 to 5 hockey at the end of the game, where Washington got glances but could not tie the result. When Anthony Cirelli scored into the empty net two seconds before the final whistle, Ovechkin hit a two-handed man on the crossbar and shattered his stick. But after clear frustration on the ice, Ovechkin sounded a different tone in the locker room.
"It's alright, it's shit, we lost two in a row, but we'll go back and play hard in Game 5," he said. "Of course it's a missed opportunity, it's what it is, nothing we can do, we will not look back, we'll just look forward, this group of people has been in different situations all year, and we fight each other out, it's a great test, we'll still have fun, we'll still enjoy it and we'll see what happens. "
Game 5 is Saturday night in Tampa, where the capitals dominated the first two games of the series and scored 10 goals against Vasilevskiy, who was able to steal Game 4 for the Lightning on the street.
"He did not play well in the first two games," Wilson said. "It's our job to make him look like a goalkeeper from the first two games, we'll make it hard for him."