Lightning desperate to fix problems down 0-2 to Capitals

Brayden Point of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper didnt waver on his young goalies status — "Hes our guy", Cooper said before Tuesday nights game at Capital One Arena — and Vasilevskiy delivered on his coachs confidence.

The Capitals still own a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 coming Thursday at home.

"We always feel like we owe him", defenseman Anton Stralman said. "There's no panic. We're obviously not happy with losing two games on home ice, but that is not something that goes into our locker room".

Both teams entered the game red-hot on the power play, and the Lightning's risky extra-man unit continued its terrorizing ways.

The score remains 4-1 in Tampa's favor with 3:41 left in the game.

"I'm put in a position to produce, and I put that pressure on myself to do it", said Hedman, who has a goal and 10 assists during an eight-game point streak.

But the Lightning penalty kill, a touch-and-go subject all season for the Bolts, came up with its biggest kill of the series to date.

A Braden Holtby tripping penalty on Yanni Gourde led to a Tampa Bay power play at 12:57 in the first period. But if you're looking for the long-shot payoff, it's also not necessarily a bad time to throw one in on the Lightning, as Tampa Bay still thoroughly outmatches the Caps in talent and has, you know, terrible D.C. hockey history on its side.

Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals gives up a goal
Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals gives up a goal

"Thats just guys sacrificing their body for the team", center Brayden Point said.

Tampa Bay's scoring centre had a goal and an assist at Washington in Game Three and has 15 points (6 G, 9 A) in 13 playoff games.

The home crowd didn't seem to be the reason Tuesday - the energy level was high from the beginning and fans turned their enthusiasm back up after a second-period goal, but ultimately a 3-goal deficit only provides so much to work with.

Meanwhile, the Capitals' vaunted power play, which features Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie, Lars Eller (in Backstrom's place) and John Carlson on the top half, failed to convert on one opportunity in every period. The Lightning have been risky on the road throughout the playoffs posting a 4-1 record, while the Capitals have struggled at home losing 4 of their seven home games.

"I can't say enough about our penalty kill tonight and how it gave us momentum as well", Stamkos said. He's always there for us and tonight we did a good job in front of him.

"We checked. That was it", said Cooper, on the differences between the first two games and Game 3.

"The big thing for us is, and I think it's worked I guess in the three games, the team that gets the lead is the team that's in the driver's seat", Cooper said. "We probably needed to spring a little life into our group". Pointer getting that fourth one kind of popped the balloon.

Tuesday night, DC councilman Jack Evans announced that Game Four is covered as well. "The goal is to win a championship, but you can't look too far ahead". "There's no secret. We've dug ourselves a hole here, but by no means is it something that we can't overcome". "We've made it a series".

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