Quick Strikes: Boris Katchouk named to OHL first All-Star Team

And, uh, Tampa evened up the series.

The Bolts

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.

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.

Here are a few takes from the other side of the ice.

Capitals lament chance to take series control as Lightning get Game 4 win [ESPN]

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.”

The Prospects

Congratulations to Boris Katchouk on an excellent season, and for being named left-winger for the OHL’s first All-Star Team.

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.”

Highlight of the night: