It was perfectly executed - an unstoppable, momentum-changing shot.
The Bolts took a lead when Steven Stamkos scored on a power play with 11:28 left.
The good news for Bolts fans is with no supplemental discipline in sight, Anton Stralman will be eligible (and will nearly assuredly be in the lineup) for Game 4 against the Capitals on Thursday night.
So which team does Oh think will take Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final? I can use him as a shut down guy. "It's just so much better to play with the lead". Tampa is 4-1 in road playoff games this year.
The Lightning climbed back into the series with Tuesday's 4-2 win, improving to 4-1 on the road in the 2018 playoffs. Often times, that's what those guys do.
"When you're in a situation like we were, we needed to do it tonight". Nikita Kucherov is tops on the Lightning with 16 points, including seven goals.
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The Lightning' offense attempted 32.4 shots per game in the regular season, resulting in 3.6 goals per contest (ranked first overall in the NHL). He knows how annoying it can be when teammates constantly check in when a player is dealing with an injury.
Stamkos went down with a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee in November 2016 and was ruled out indefinitely.
In the playoffs, Backstrom has three goals and 10 assists.
"Everything is under the microscope come playoff time, the good and the bad, " Stamkos said.
"He's the backbone of our team", goaltender Braden Holtby said. "He sees my number for a good amount of time, and he elevates through the back of my shoulder and head". While Lars Eller has performed admirably in his place, there is no doubt about the kind of impact Backstrom can have in the lineup. He certainly wasn't willing to miss another opportunity after having been injury-prone his entire career. "We weren't executing the way we normally did in the last couple of games". Then previous year, the knee injury.
"I think confidence-wise and development-wise it was big for me to play those minutes in games where we were fighting for a playoff spot, so they were big games".
Granted, Stralman could've made a better decision on the play and chosen to pump the breaks a little; however, he was penalized for this and the game progressed.
"Obviously (he has) got great hands and makes some nice plays", Lightning defenseman and fellow Swede Victor Hedman said. So when things aren't going well, it's magnified.