But it's one of those things you don't really ask or talk about.
With a win, the Lightning can regain the home-ice advantage - or disadvantage, as the visiting team has won the first three games - before the teams travel to Tampa Bay for Saturday's Game 5.
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"Last year was tough", said Stamkos, who is 28 years old. "Every guy is playing in situations, 5-on-5, penalty killing, it just helps you go out and execute a little bit better". "You want to take advantage, and we took advantage of the special teams yesterday". The pre-season expectation was that the Lightning would reach the final - if not win the Cup.
"When those opportunities come on the power play like it did last game and we were able to come through, that just kind of gives confidence throughout your whole lineup", McDonagh said. "Obviously, they expect you to do well and have a playoff run. Obviously to get him back would be huge". Brayden Point scored the fourth Tampa Bay goal, and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves.
WASHINGTON-No NHL defenceman had recorded a post-season point streak of at least eight games in more than two decades before Tuesday night, when Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman crossed that threshold with two deft passes on power plays. His three goals and five points are the most on the team.
The Capitals now lead the series 2-1 and another setback on Thursday at Capital One Arena would completely erase home-ice advantage that was wrestled from Tampa Bay in the first two games. Kucherov, Point and Victor Hedman also scored in the 4-2 road win. "But we can't describe how good he is out there", Stamkos said. "You can't be off in this game to have success". Heading into the All-Star Game, Kucherov led all scorers with 64 points; Stamkos was tied for third with 58.
Hedman said his mentality wouldn't change after scoring his first goal of the playoffs, which comes after he set a career-high with 17 goals during the regular season.
It wasn't an issue, of course, because the team cruised past the Devils and Bruins in five games each.
It's understandable if people are starting to get nervous, given the playoff history of the Capitals and the fact the Lightning has never lost in six playoff games at Washington.
"You need everyone chipping in and it seems at times that those guys have gone quiet in games", Cooper said. "That says a lot right there".
In Game 3, both options were lethal to the Caps. But that didn't stop Cooper from marvelling at the speed, accuracy and sheer power of a shot that simply can not be stopped. That's what happened last night.
"Same with Kuch's. And they've got a guy on the other side (Alex Ovechkin) that can do the same thing".
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