Prediction: Lightning in six.
Tampa Bay has dispatched New Jersey and Boston in five games each, and Washington has had a more hard path to this point, rallying from an 0-2 deficit to beat Columbus, then again needing six games to eliminate the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. All three series went the distance and in all three clashes, Washington lost. The line of 22-year-old centre Brayden Point between Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson has been as important as any line.
They went 14-0-4 from December 16 to January 25, which was their longest point streak since they went 18 games (13 wins, five ties) without a loss from December 28, 1968 to February 5, 1969 and tied for the second-longest point streak in team history.
Stamkos scored two goals in the four games, including the victor in Game 1. The NHL released the schedule for the remaining games. The NHL issued a warning to Marchand ordering him to stop licking opponents.
"I think I've gotten my game into a pretty decent spot, but I got some character things and things that I've done that clearly need some fixing".
During a five-game Eastern Conference semifinal rife with controversial calls, non-calls and inconsistent rulings from officials, no call might have had more sway on the series than what transpired in the closing minutes of Game 4 between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning. If you remember, McDonagh and Girardi were tasked with slowing Alex Ovechkin down in nearly every series against NY.More news: Texas Woman Who Ran Over Cheating Husband Released From Prison
The Lightning have been exceptional through the first two rounds of the playoffs, going 6-1 at home while eliminating both the New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins in five games.
Series: Jets lead 3-2. This brings us to the second meeting between these two teams this season. Hedman had two assists.
Washington edges Pittsburgh 2-1, wins series 4-2.
Game 6*: Lightning at Capitals - Monday, May 21, 8 p.m.
Really, like anything else, the answer to who will win this series is amazingly pedestrian.
It is no longer a fluke. This will be their third conference finals appearance in four years. Forward Reilly Smith is leading Vegas in points and stands 18th overall in the playoffs.More news: RIP Anne V. Coates (1925 - 2018)
Although the goal of winning one game to advance to the Western Conference Final is simple, the Vegas players are aware it could be the toughest victory to achieve, per Gary Lawless of the team's official website. Some now players in the National Hockey League weren't even born then.
This week's B.C. -born standout has been without a doubt Vancouver's Ryan Johansen.
The Capitals beat Columbus in the opening round before ousting the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.
Marc-Andre Fleury: Fleury finished off the series against San Jose with his fourth shutout of the post season.
The playoffs are a war of attrition, but the Bolts have earned a berth in the Eastern Conference final with barely a flesh wound. No team has won three straight Cups since 1980-83, when the New York Islanders won four in a row.
Alex Ovechkin: Ovechkin is clearly exhausted of losing to Sidney Crosby and the Penguins in the playoffs and this may be their year, as they have the Penguins on the brink of elimination. That's the turning point of the series. Behind them is a pairing of Hedman and Dan Girardi, who has looked like an actual living, breathing National Hockey League defender on his new team.More news: Godhra riots: Gujarat HC gives verdict on Ode massacre
Jake Guentzel: Guentzel ended his eight-game playoff point streak on Saturday night. He also suffered a fractured right index finger during Game 2 against the Maple Leafs, per The Athletic's Joe McDonald. "That's what made us successful all season, and that's why we're still having success".