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Caps' Backstrom a game-time decision to return from injury

18 May, 2018, 18:46 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Andrei Vasilevskiy - Tampa Bay's goaltender stopped 36 of 38 shots in a 4-2 Game Four win at Washington, evening the series at two games apiece. Washington just needed to win one of the two games at home after taking both games in Tampa Bay. "They ask what the series is at, and we came in here and regardless of how well Washington played - which, I think they played really well - we found a way to win two games".

Barely a minute after Dmitry Orlov gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead with a rocket from Ovechkin's favorite spot at the left circle Thursday night, Michael Kempny's careless pass in his own defensive zone allowed Tampa Bay's Brayden Point to tie it with a tap-in goal.

He had a goal and two assists to extend his point streak to eight games (one goal, 10 assists), the longest in Lightning playoff history (Martin St. Louis held the record since 2004, when he had 11 points in a six-game streak) and the longest by an National Hockey League defenseman since Larry Murphy had 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in nine games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1995 postseason. The series will shift back to Tampa on Saturday for Game 5. May. The latest setback was a 4-2 loss to the Lightning on Tuesday, after victories at Tampa Bay by a combined score of 10-4 in the final's opening two games.

All three Tampa goals came on Holtby's right side of the net, and perhaps Tampa has figured out his weakness. "Was that the recipe?" This power play has been a problem all series, scoring in each of the four games. That was the recipe. "He has given us a chance when we're not playing our best, and tonight was another example of that".

Now it's Washington's turn to respond. If I'm wearing a helmet from five years ago, I think I'm probably unconscious. "We weren't executing the way we normally did in the last couple of games. We'd get a chance and they ice, so that was one of the main reasons". "We were able to reset there and had a better third".

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Washington could get a boost if center Nicklas Backstrom, who has missed the last four games with an injured hand, returns. 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.

"You can't replace a guy like him", Jay Beagle told the Washington Post. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. He's a guy who makes this team click and makes us go.

He finally received the news he had been waiting for around the team's lunch.

"We can take a few things that we've done on the road and put it into our home game", goalie Braden Holtby said. He has 11 power-play goals in his postseason career, a franchise record, bettering Marty St. Louis.2. It worked. Ovechkin didn't get a shot, and Washington never got a quality look as Coburn helped anchor the defense in front of the net. "No one expected 4-0, right?"

"We're not going to look back, we're just going to look forward" Ovechkin said, like he always says. (Wow, just saying that feels weird.) Anton Stralman has no history of such behavior and can not be classified as a dirty player, there was no clear intent to injure in the hit, and there was no serious injury to Wilson as a result of the play.

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