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The home town Lightning would take the first lead just over halfway though the first period as Sean Bergenheim would put a wrist shot past Mihael Neuvirth. Tampa would hold the lead into the intermission; but just 59 seconds into the second period it would be Mike Knuble whom tied the game for the Capitals.
Just shy of the eight minute mark in the second Capitals rookie defenseman John Carlson would score hi first of the post season to give Washington the lead. Minutes later Vincent Lecavalier would tip-in a shot from Martin St. Louis to tie the game at two.
Late in the period Tampa’s Brett Clark would take a hooking penalty followed shortly by teammate Adam Hall with another hooking call that would lead to a power play goal from Washington’s Alex Ovechkin to give the Capitals the lead heading into the second intermission.
The third period would belong to the Lightning as Steven Stamkos would put a snap shot past Neuvirth to tie the game back up. Just 24 seconds after the Stamkos goal to tie the game it would be Ryan Malone with a tipped-in goal to reclaim the lead over the Capitals.
Capitals would lose the first game on the road and go down 3-0 in the series to the Lightning; game four is tonight at 7:00 p.m. on TSN, RDS and the NHL Network.
The Predators may have won game two in Vancouver but it would be Kesler who would bite back in Nashville and see the Canucks regain the series lead.
The game was still scoreless when Predators Jerred Smithson would be called for the first penalty of the game giving the visiting Canucks the first power play. Sure enough a goal would be score; however, it would be Nashville’s David Legwand who put one past Roberto Luongo while the team was short handed.
Nashville would hold the lead as the game headed into the first intermission; but it took exactly one minute into the second for Canucks Ryan Kesler to score his first of the post season on a carry over penalty from the first to Predators Jerred Smithson to tie the game.
It would remain a tied game until 3:03 into the third period when Canucks Chris Higgins would put a wrist shot past Pekka Rinne for the go ahead goal. Just over ten minutes after the Canucks took the lead it would be Nashville’s Joel Ward with a wrap-around goal to tie the game up and force overtime.
Just over ten minutes into overtime Nashville’s captain Shea Weber would be called for a hooking penalty that would lead to a power play goal from Kesler. Kesler would tip-in a shot form Mikael Samuelsson for the series lead.
Up into the Netting
Today’s Playoff Lineup
Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning
Game 4; Lightning lead series 3-0
7:00 p.m. EST on TSN, RDS, and NHL Network