Capitals drop another to Lightning; series tied at 2-2
Capitals’ mistakes prove costly as Lightning even series
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.
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.