Tampa Bay Lightning (62-27-5) at Washington Capitals (59-28-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -110 / Tampa Bay Lightning +100 — Over/Under: 5.5
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The Tampa Bay Lightning battle the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena in game four of the Eastern Conference finals in NHL action on Thursday.The series is headed to a game four as the Washington Capitals have 2-1 lead against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning won their first game of the series on Tuesday night and look to even the series up on Thursday night at the Verizon Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning received the offense they needed in the series as they connected with four goals on Tuesday night. The Lightning are 9-4 in the playoffs so far and picking up the huge road win in this series was important for them going forward.
The power play was the key factor in game three as the Lightning went two for five with the man advantage. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov each scored a power play goal in Tuesday’s game. Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point each had a goal and an assist, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves for the Lightning, who are 4-1 on the road in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Victor Hedman had a goal and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning responded after back-to-back home losses by defeating the Washington Capitals 4-2. Vasilevskiy allowed 10 goals on 62 shots in the first two games of the series.
The Washington Capitals let game three slip away from them. The Caps have not played well at home this playoff run. The Capitals are 10-5 in this years playoffs and look to try and inch closer to closing out the series. The Capitals put part of the blame for the loss on their lack of discipline. They were shorthanded five times, and the Lightning got power-play goals from Stamkos in the first period and Kucherov in the second.
Brett Connolly and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored, and Braden Holtby made 19 saves for the Capitals, who are 3-4 at home in the playoffs. Washington was 0-for-3 on the power play. Power play opportunities are the key in this series and Washington didn’t take advantage of it.
Trotz coached his 54th playoff game with the Capitals to pass Bryan Murray for most in Washington history. Steven Stamkos tied Martin St. Louis for most power-play goals in the playoffs (10) in Lightning history
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The Tampa Bay Lightning will tie this series and win this game to continue their success on the power play. The Capitals have struggled at home and don’t seem like they want win in their own home arena. The main factor in this series continues to be the play with the man advantage, The team to convert on their chances should have a high percentage of winning the game.