The Capitals lead the series, 2-1. Stream tonight’s game live on NBC Sports, or watch it on the channel of the same name.
The Capitals won the first two games and beat the Bolts up pretty substantially in the process. The goal differential in Games 1 and 2 was a combined 10-4, and that was indicative of how dominant the Capitals were. The Lightning had no answers, including in goal, where Vezina Trophy nominee Andrei Vasilevskiy looked frazzled.
The Lightning pushed back in Game 3 in the District, though. They won 4-2 and prevented themselves from getting pushed to the brink. They nonetheless need a win in Game 4 to avoid falling into a pretty deep hole. Teams that go down 3-1 in Stanley Cup Playoffs series only come back to win them about 10 percent of the time. The games only get bigger.
Tampa Bay is in this round for the third time in four years and trying to reach its second Cup Final in that span. Washington hasn’t played in the Final (or the conference final, even) since 1998. This is one of the biggest Capitals games in the last two decades.
We’ll update this post from the press box at Capital One Arena throughout the game.