The Bolts took a lead when Steven Stamkos scored on a power play with 11:28 left.
"When he shoots it like that - he's done it for so long and scored so many goals from there - I think it is hard to cover him", Tampa forward J.T. Miller said of Stamkos.
To make things more puzzling, none of the games have been terribly close.
The trick is to stay loose, which is sometimes easier said than done when advancing to the next round depends on a single game, goal or shift. Often times, that's what those guys do. In Game 1 against Boston, Point was minus-5 against the Bruins' top line, but rebounded with three goals and six points in next four games as the Lightning won the series in five games.
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Washington Capitals Center Nicklas Backstrom (19) in warm ups prior to the regular season National Hockey League game between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs on April 4, 2017 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON. (Wow, just saying that feels weird.) Anton Stralman has no history of such behavior and can not be classified as a dirty player, there was no clear intent to injure in the hit, and there was no serious injury to Wilson as a result of the play.
Stamkos went down with a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee in November 2016 and was ruled out indefinitely. During the regular season, he tallied 21 goals and 29 assists in 81 regular season games.
"Everything is under the microscope come playoff time, the good and the bad, " Stamkos said.
"We can take a few things that we've done on the road and put it into our home game", goalie Braden Holtby said. While they did win three straight without Nicklas Backstrom in the lineup, they need him back now. He certainly wasn't willing to miss another opportunity after having been injury-prone his entire career. I didn't think we were as focused as we have been normally on the road. Then past year, the knee injury.
"He plays every aspect of our game. We will be better next game". "Obviously, when things start going and the confidence level gets higher and you find yourself wanting the puck more, wanting to make plays and wanting to shoot it". At the same time we want to continue that and continue that in wins. The Lightning has never lost a playoff game in Washington. He's one of the guys that leads in the locker room.
"It would be pretty cool", Alex Ovechkin said of Backstrom's potential return.