Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Morning Playoff Notes (May 16)

With the 8-ball looming quite large, the Tampa Bay Lightning either needed to fix what went wrong in their first two home games or start camping out in behind the black ball.  A limp power play was certainly one of those things that wasn't going right for the Lightning and they were able to open the scoring on the man-advantage with a Steven Stamkos marker and then they added another one in the 2nd to go up 2-0, thanks to Nikita Kucherov.  The Lightning struck quickly after the Kucherov marker, as Victor Hedman finally scored his first goal of the playoffs and the Bolts did well to hold on from there, earning a 4-2 win and climbing back into the series.

Hedman had himself a game, adding a couple of assists to his goal, which turned out to be the winner, giving him and his eight selections a 4-point night.  Kucherov and Stamkos each added assists to their goals to be notable, while Brayden Point was also up with a goal and an assist in the win.  Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves for the win, making his 12 selections very happy as well.

Washington now leads the series 2-1 and will try and put Tampa behind the 8-ball on Thursday night.

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