You do not need to tell Steven Stamko's importance of Tuesday's game 3. Lynn traces the capital 0-2 in his best seven series, with a clear opportunity to be a game away from elimination. It is not a position that many pundits projected the East team's top team to join.
"We know what's at stake," said Stamkos to reporters after Tampa's morning skating. "I expect our best bet tonight. We have reviewed some things in the last day and some here. We will make some adjustments. Hopefully, these adjustments will work tonight. We do not know what will happen to the first shifts, but we can not deviate from what our goal is. "
Stamkos ideology echoes throughout the Lightning cap. Alex Killorn emphasizes Lightning "Can Control Tonight" while Victor Hedman called Game 3 "The Biggest Year of the Year".
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Washington succeeded in 10 goals through the first two matches, while dominance appeared on a level playing field. Braden Holtby awarded a steady goal to Tampa Bay – Ondrej Palat third goal in Game 1. Otherwise, he stymied the Tampa offensive so far, and stopped 52 of 56 shots in order to strengthen his Conn Smythe CV.
While Stamkos and Co. scratch to win a game on the way to run back in the series, the capital retains some degree of confidence. Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov continue to lead with examples, while Lars Or fills in for the injured Nicklas Backstrom, who is expected to miss his fourth straight game. As our David Steele writes, Washington emerged deeply at the right time.
Game 3 serves as a pivotal matchup, which either allows Lightning to remain in conflict or drive them closer to the end of the season.
Sporting News will provide live updates via the game (all times east).
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9 am – Barry Trotz reveals nothing that has changed on the Nicklas Backstrom front. Backstrom is still a game decision, but would not officially steer the middle out for Game 3. Trotz says Backstrom continues to improve.
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