"We will be better next game". "It's unacceptable to let in that many [power-play] goals against our unit. Obviously to get him back would be huge".
Fourth match of the series will be played on may 18 on the ice in Washington.
In Game 3 that changed and the Lighting tightened up defensively in a big way, forcing almost 73 per cent of the Capitals' attempted passes to the slot to fail.
With reports of their demise proven premature, the Tampa Bay Lightning will look to even their Eastern Conference Final with the Washington Capitals when the teams meet in Game 4 on Thursday night. Coach Barry Trotz had said he was optimistic Backstrom would return to this series, but he has missed four straight games. "That can change in a heartbeat, just as the games do". But they haven't outchanced the Capitals in any of the three games, so there has to be another area that has affected the results, but isn't accounted for in shot locations. They've been shorthanded nine times in the past two games and have allowed four power-play goals.
"It's easier to play on the road", said Holtby.
It's time for Nicklas Backstrom to put down the broom, grab his stick and help the Washington Capitals.
Lars Eller has done a good job filling in at centre on the second line, but Backstrom is one of the most underrated players in the National Hockey League. "They [converted] in all three games on the power play". He's a guy who makes this team click and makes us go.
"Those are some of the top two, top 10, in my opinion, goal-scorers in the League with those two guys", Capitals forward Alex Chiasson said.
In the 14th minute, Steven Stamkos acute angle with the throw under the crossbar, opened the scoring in the second period, "Tampa" managed to make two more effective attacks.
"The struggle right now is that balance", Beagle said. We all know it's going to be a tough series. I'm not going to give anything away.
However, in Game 3, after a bit of a slow start, the Lightning looked much better and ended up winning the game 4-2 on the road.