Washington Capitals rue & # 39; missed opportunity & # 39; to save Tampa Bay Lightning

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  • Greg Wyshynski ESPN

WASHINGTON – With just over eight minutes left in regulation, the Washington Capitals survived the most lethal power in the postseason.

Home the crowd roared in recognition of the death penalty of the Capitals. For a moment, the crowd exhaled.

All Tampa Bay Lightning needed to equalize in the Eastern Conference finals was that brief moment of satisfaction from their opponents.

Mikhail Sergachev held the record in the area, sent it to Ondrej Palat, who gave a backhand blow to Alex Killorn amid three capital defenders, who slid past goalkeeper Braden Holtby.

They were six seconds after the penalty. It was six seconds that turned a golden opportunity for the Capitals in Game 4 on Thursday night to take control of this series in a loss, as Lightning equaled the conference final in 2-2 with a victory of 4 -2 in Capital One Arena. Thursday night.

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"I can call it what it is, it's a missed opportunity, if you get one at home, it's a different series," said forward Tom Wilson, after a game in which The Capitals tilted the ice with 65 hits to 45 for Lightning.

"You have to stay positive," Wilson said. "It could be more frustrating if it was the other way around: they beat us and we do not look and blah, blah, blah, we have confidence in our game, we knew it was not going to be easy, and all those clichés, we were very happy with our game, apart from a couple of rebounds. "

Coach Barry Trotz believes the Capitals will also fight.

"We will fight against this, this group has been resilient" Everyone knows that, "said Trotz.

Following the example of his coach, Capital's dressing room was an optimistic place after the fourth game, despite They threw 38 shots at Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy, and got two records for him, they had three consecutive power plays during a 6-minute, 36-second stretch in the first period, with nothing to show.

That's partly because Lightning made some adjustments to his penalty in an effort to neutralize Alex Ovechkin.

"Tonight they played a little differently, they gave him [Ovechkin] a lot of looks. He shot very well and made some good blocks, "said defender John Carlson." I think maybe tonight it looks like we're getting a lot of recovery plays at the beginning of power plays with raffles and things like that, but a little too much "done and done "thereafter. We would have a chance and freeze, then that was one of the main reasons. "

They could not take advantage of Lightning's killers who ran smoke.

" We needed the period to end there. All the penalties we were doing, our boys were gbaded. mental stress, the same guys are on the ice all the time, "Tampa coach Jon Cooper said." I think that affected his second [period]. "

There was also a power play in the second period when Tyler Johnson lacked a club that they could not convert, Washington's power play is now 1 out of 10 in the last three games.

The Capitals could not take a Lightning team on the ropes, one that did not generate a shot of 9:16 of the first period at 10:11 of the second period.

They could not take advantage of 2:34 of hockey 6 to 5 at the end of the game, when Washington got their appearance but could not tie the score. Anthony Cirelli scored inside the Capitals' empty net with two seconds remaining, Ovechkin hit a two-handed hit on the cross bar and broke his staff, but after a clear frustration on the ice, Ovechkin had a different tone in the locker room.

"It's fine. It's crap that we've lost two in a row, but we're going to recover and play hard in the fifth game. "He said" Of course, it's a missed opportunity. It is what it is, nothing we can do. We are not going to look back. Let's look forward. This group of guys has been in different situations all year and we fought for it, so it's a big test. We're still going to have fun, we're still going to enjoy it, and we'll see what happens. "

The fifth game is Saturday night in Tampa, where Los Capitales dominated the first two games of the series, scoring 10 goals against Vasilevskiy, who he practically stole Game 4 for the Rayo on the road.

"He did not play very well in the first two. He played well in the second two, "said Wilson." It's our job to make him look like the goalkeeper of the first two games. We will make things difficult "

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