The adjustments finally came in Game 4. Inexplicably, Nikita Kucherov has been non-existent in the postseason. The forwards attacked with the puck instead of immediately passing to a defenseman after gaining entry to the offensive zone.
It's going to take a serious amount of divine intervention for the Lightning to pull themselves out of the ridiculously oversized hole they've dug over the past three games.
In Game 3, it was a picture ideal snipe from a bad angle that tied the game just one minute after the Penguins had taken an early lead.
"We haven't changed our system, we haven't changed our philosophy, we've gotten some shots on the net and we're going to keep on doing that", says Columbus head coach John Tortorella, whose team has outscored the Lightning 12-2 since falling behind 3-0 in the series opener. Et tu, Steven Stamkos?
Duchene was the key to the flurry of moves. The Lightning had the most effective power play since 1988-89 in the regular season, at 28.1 percent. Jan Rutta was exhausted, having been on the ice for over a minute, but he had Cirelli over the top and in support.
The goal seemed to steady the Islanders, who settled in and kept it simple.
Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky had the best postseason of his career, with a.932 save percentage and a 2.01 goals-against average. Ask Steve Yzerman, who was until recently the GM of this team, how many times Detroit Red Wing fans wanted him on a one-way ticket out of town before he led them to three Stanley Cups, the first of which when he was 32 years old. What happened to you, Brayden Point?
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But, less than a minute later, Oliver Bjorkstrand delivered for the Blue Jackets.
The Avalanche posted a total of 4.24 expected goals for (xGF) in the second and third games while the Flames could only muster up 2.87, per Natural Stat Trick.
Trailing by a goal with the season on the line, the Lightning turned up their offensive pressure and consistently attacked the Blue Jackets net.
They also don't have to worry about that decision for (at least) a couple more weeks, thanks in large parts to Eberle's goal-scoring binge. They had the league's best power play and the league's best penalty kill. The Lightning will win a Stanley Cup someday. It is the only first-round series in which the home team has failed to win a game.
"It's special coming back here", said Cullen, who played for Minnesota last season after the Stanley Cup victories in 2016 and '17.
Stamkos and Point were nearly equally at fault as well. "CBJ!" long after the players were out of sight.
It all came so easily for Tampa Bay - until it didn't. Shedding salaries and extending Point, Vasilevskiy, and Cirelli should be the first, second, and third priorities this offseason. They're made all the more hard by the fact that both Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde have no-trade clauses in their deals. The Lightning front office should be seeking consent from Johnson, Killorn, and Palat to trade them. "I have never played in front of a crowd like that".
The Lightning were too exhausted and banged up heading into the postseason, and when faced with adversity, they folded. "It's great. It gives you more energy when you win". They got through Tampa in five (irony) and the Boston Bruins in seven to lose to the New York Rangers in six. The time to reflect starts now.