Cap­i­tals drop an­other to Light­ning; se­ries tied at 2-2

Cap­i­tals’ mis­takes prove costly as Light­ning even se­ries

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY ADAM ZIELONKA

In the first rea­son­ably close game of the East­ern Con­fer­ence Fi­nals, the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals made one mis­take too many.

Alex Kil­lorn scored in the third pe­riod to put the Tampa Bay Light­ning ahead for good as they beat the Cap­i­tals 4-2 in Thurs­day’s Game 4 at Cap­i­tal One Arena.

The Light­ning drew the se­ries at 2-2 by ex­ploit­ing Wash­ing­ton er­rors for two goals in the first pe­riod, then dump­ing in a short goal af­ter a Cap­i­tals penalty kill. Sec­onds af­ter the Cap­i­tals killed off Lars Eller’s sec­ond penalty, On­drej Palat passed from be­hind the net to Kil­lorn and he shoved the puck through Holtby’s five-hole.

Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the Cap­i­tals.

The se­ries con­tin­ues with Game 5 Satur­day night in Tampa.

For the 12th time in their 16 play­off games, the Cap­i­tals opened the scor­ing. Orlov pulled off a memorable dan­gle and fired a shot that An­drei Vasilevskiy blocked. The goalie also stuffed T.J. Oshie’s at­tempt at a put­back, but Oshie flung the puck back to Orlov at the left cir­cle for an­other try, and he scored on a slap shot.

Tampa Bay re­sponded just a minute later when Michal Kempny gave away the puck on a way­ward pass in the de­fen­sive zone. Tyler John­son picked it up and set up Yan­nick Gourde to as­sist Bray­den Point’s goal, in a de facto 2-on-1 in front of the net.

Eller was called for hold­ing not long af­ter, his fourth penalty in the Cap­i­tals’ two home games of the se­ries. Steven Stamkos scored on a back-door for his fourth power-play goal of the se­ries.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals goal­tender Braden Holtby sur­ren­ders a goal to Tampa Bay Light­ning for­ward Steven Stamkos dur­ing the first pe­riod of Game 4 of the East­ern Con­fer­ence Fi­nals on Thurs­day. The Light­ning won, 4-2, to even the se­ries at 2-2.

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