AUDIO: Highlights of Capitals-Lightning East Final Game 4

  • AUDIO: Highlights of Capitals-Lightning East Final Game 4

AUDIO: Highlights of Capitals-Lightning East Final Game 4

Stamkos ripped a power-play goal at 13:53 of the first period, on an assist from Victor Hedman.

Heading into Thursday night, the Capitals are only 3-4 in their arena. Steven Stamkos stayed red hot with a powerplay goal for a third straight game, and that Tampa Bay powerplay has been booming all series long.

Ovechkin simply shrugged when asked about that discrepancy.

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. Both Holtby and Vasilevskiy have 30-plus save performances to force extra time, and John Carlson sneaks a shot through traffic to put the Capitals up 3-1 in the series. He's a one of a kind player. Coach Barry Trotz called him a game-time decision and said early Thursday that Backstrom had not yet been medically cleared. We're invested there. We're playing with real good focus. But we're not focused on that. This postseason has also been incredibly light on the overtimes, and we've got to be due for one eventually. Washington will have the all-important advantage of home-ice. "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". A lot of people have friends and family coming down and ticket requests.

"It's easier to play on the road".

"It's always nice to have Nick in the lineup", goaltender Braden Holtby said. "Because you're not focused on the excitement of your fans and all that". "So say Game 4 in the Boston series, Game 4 in the Jersey series, Game 3 in the Washington series, those guys have delivered when we've needed them". Kucherov (116 points) has tallied 46 goals and 70 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 34 different games.

"I don't really have an explanation for it, to be honest with you", defenseman Brooks Orpik said. "I'm very happy with the way we played from start to finish".

"We've had this core for a long time now and being so close, losing in the Final [in 2015], everyone had a sense that we'd be a team that would have a chance to win every year", Stamkos said. "Just got to try to find a way to win the next one at home, for sure".

He missed Washington's past four games with a right hand injury. But Trotz wouldn't give any hint as to when Backstrom might return.

In Point's mind, it's still February or March and this is just another routine day in an 82-game regular season.