Capitals need Backstrom back for crucial Game 4 at home

Capitals need Backstrom back for crucial Game 4 at home

Capitals need Backstrom back for crucial Game 4 at home

Ness had one assist in eight games for the Capitals this season. During the regular season, he accounted for 21 goals and 50 assists in 81 regular season games. The bad news for the Capitals, counterintuitive as it may be: They host Game 4. In 2015-16 he had a blood clot issue that kept him out the last two weeks of the regular season and every playoff game that year except for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

"We had to check tonight, and it helped it go in our favor".

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.

"I think we always feel like we owe him", defenseman Anton Stralman said.

"Well, we've seen him for two years now", Hedman says.

"When you're in a situation like we were, we needed to do it tonight". I mean, that being said, I think we should be probably mentally stronger to not let that affect us. He plays in all situations. He didn't have to work his way up from the fourth line.

Braden Holtby (27.3 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Capitals. He then grabbed a spot centring the top line thanks to an injury to Steven Stamkos.

The Capitals played far from their best game in Game 3, and it seemed at several points like they weren't really trying that hard. "We just play our game".

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Brayden Point is having quite the playoffs for a playoffs rookie.

The Lightning climbed back into the series with Tuesday's 4-2 win, improving to 4-1 on the road in the 2018 playoffs.

A third-round pick in 2014, Point is coming off his second straight multi-point game, after registering a goal and an assist in the Lightning's Game 3 win.

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In Game 3, the Lightning righted some of the wrongs that plagued them in Games 1 and 2, including scoring two even-strength goals - after scoring a total of two in the first two games - and winning the special teams battle, finishing 2-for-5 on the power play while Washington went 0-for-3.

"Today was one of those games you feed pucks to Kuch and Stammer, pucks are going to go in", Hedman said.

No. 19 hasn't been medically cleared to play yet, not that it couldn't happen ahead of Game 3. That's the sort of thing that could get you into trouble. He is in the conference final, but he's captained Canada's world junior team, he's been on some pretty big environments, so he's been on this stage before. That was big for us.

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