It was especially true in the third period, when the Capitals took three penalties while trying to claw back into a game they trailed 3-1.
The Lighting are 5-1 after scoring two or fewer goals in their previous game, but the Capitals are on a 6-1 run in the conference finals. The three All-Star skaters combined for 7 points (3 goals, four assists) during the 3-goal blitz, which took just 9:44, while Vasilevskiy posted a.947 save percentage including several big saves while the game was still close to prevent the Capitals from gaining any momentum. The 30-year-old had 21 goals and 50 assists in the regular season.
The Capitals are short -120 sportsbook favorites (bet $120 to win $100), with the over-under for total goals scored set at six. Forcing your opponent to change their style is a great success and at this point its a high risk high reward move for the Lightning, which will possibly lead to them allowing a ton of shots, so a good game by Holtby should be able to put them up 3-0. Washington now leads the series 2-1.
As the Oates to Ovechkin's Hall, or the Kim Deal to his Frank Black, Backstrom has always been one of the most underrated players in the National Hockey League this side of Jake Gardiner. "We didn't get 113 points by playing that way".
"It was more kind of like an anger of like we want to get back - like let's get Game 3 going here", Tampa Bay's coach said.
The Lightning would still like to cut down on the quality chances Vasilevskiy will face in Game 4 on Thursday and beyond, like the one Brett Connolly scored on after a turnover by Ondrej Palat. Coach Barry Trotz continues to call Backstrom day-to-day. "We've got the guys that are in the playoffs for the first time, guys have been through this, and we're capable of handling that". "Not good enough for power play, but we will be better for sure". You never know why it turns so drastically like that when they were so sound against the Bruins.