Last night the Tampa Bay Lightning’s goaltender stole a game in Washington to even the series at two each. Now they have home ice back in their “favor,” although maybe they should just stay in Washington. [Raw Charge]
This game could’ve been 6-2 during the onslaught that was the second period and the only reason it didn’t come to that was because of Andrei Vasilevskiy. He stole this game, period. Tampa Bay had no business winning this game given how poorly they played for long stretches. Washington played one hell of a game and deserved a better fate than this one but hot goaltenders can alter a series, Washington is well aware of this fact. Vasilevskiy displayed why he was a Vezina finalist with this dominant performance.
.@TBLightning associate coach Rick Bowness discusses the need for the Lightning to cut down on the turnovers and penalties after the Game 4 win over the Washington Capitals. #GoBolts #TBLvsWSH pic.twitter.com/efevQKL6RW— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) May 18, 2018
The team did generate offense against Braden Holtby though, and one goal was notably from Brayden Point. [Raw Charge]
Yanni Gourde drifts to the center of the ice while Brayden Point sets up shop in the circle. Johnson can shoot or pass to Gourde. He elects option two, which sets up two options for Gourde. Shoot or pass. Kempny is back in the play and eager to make amends.
.@TBLightning forward Ryan Callahan who sacrificed his body to block 2 important shots says Andrei Vasilevskiy and the penalty kill were keys to the Game 4 victory. #GoBolts #TBLvsWSH pic.twitter.com/jp7F1Y8sgS— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) May 18, 2018
Here are a few takes from the other side of the ice.
Taking a cue from their coach, the Capitals’ dressing room was an optimistic place after Game 4, despite a parade of frustrating squandered chances. They put 38 shots on Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, and got two pucks by him. They had three straight power plays during a 6-minute, 36-second stretch in the first period, with nothing to show for it.
Lightning rely on Vasilevskiy in Game 4 win against Capitals [NHL]
“He didn’t play great in the first two,” Capitals forward Tom Wilson said. “He played well in the second two.”
Couple interesting stats after Game 4:— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) May 18, 2018
- Tampa Bay has never lost a road playoff game in D.C., improving to 7-0 following the 4-2 win in Game 4.
- Lightning have now won 6-straight Game 4s and 5-straight Game 4s on the road. #Bolts #TBLvsWSH
Congratulations to Boris Katchouk on an excellent season, and for being named left-winger for the OHL’s first All-Star Team.
2017-18 #OHL 1st Team All-Stars:— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) May 17, 2018
Forwards: LW @RussianRocket13, C @_morganfrost_10, RW @JordanKyrou.
Defence: @nichague14 & @EvanBouchard02
Coach: @drew_banny1 pic.twitter.com/zY1P5TL4xP
Tampa Bay’s development model is paying off [THN]
“We have a lot of freedom, but we also share information,” Groulx said. “It’s a very open relationship. The guys on our team are here to play in the NHL at some point. Our goal is to develop them and get them ready if the big club needs them. We try to get our players to be good in all three zones.”
“From where we started early in the year and the strides we took, I think guys can be pretty happy with what we were able to accomplish."@MBodes22 comments on team growth, this group of guys and the Syracuse fanbase. pic.twitter.com/gnWQy8aTPw— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) May 17, 2018
“It just shows how great this organization is to bring in the right people and to put the belief in the players."— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) May 17, 2018
Reid McNeill offers his thoughts on a memorable 2017-18 season. pic.twitter.com/9tQaMT5TNQ
Highlight of the night: