Lightning on brink of eliminating Capitals


After enduring a few lean years the Tampa Bay Lightning are quickly opening up eyes around the hockey world as they continue to win hockey games. Tampa, who until this spring haven’t particpated in a playoff game for four years, are making the best of their current opportunity, as they first eliminated the heavily favoured Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games and are now one game away from knocking off last year’s President Trophy winners the Washington Capitals. On Tuesday night the Lightning got third period goals from sniper Steve Stamkos and Ryan Malone 24 seconds apart, which was obviously the turning point in what was a Lightning 4-3 win. Despite having a 3-0 strong hold in this best of seven Eastern Conference semifinals the Lightning aren’t taking anything for granted. “This team (Washington) is a good team. It’s going to be hard to win four games,” Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis said. “Obviously we’re happy about the result tonight and we just have to reload tomorrow.” Tampa, who have now won six play-off games in a row, also got goals from Vincent Lecavallier and Sean Bergenheim, and got a stellar performance from their 41 year-old goalie Dwayne Roloson, who made 29 saves. “They’re uncanny when they want to get a goal. It’s like they just snap their fingers or hit a button. They just dial it up,” Capitals forward, Mike Knuble, said. “You can see it’s like they’re flipping a switch. … It leaves you flabbergasted. You don’t know what to say about it.”


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