Lightning rely on Vasilevskiy in Game 4 win against Capitals

He played the way he hadn’t played in the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final, both losses at home to the Washington Capitals. In those games he had struggled, and those struggles had given rise to questions and concerns.


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He silenced those in Game 4 in a 4-2 win just as he had in Game 3 on Tuesday. And in doing so, he helped the Lightning even the best-of-7 series at 2-2 heading back to Tampa for Game 5 on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS).

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And then Vasilevskiy kept silent. It was as if he was out to prove what he said earlier in the week to, “It’s better to do than speak.”

He certainly did.

This was a game in which the Lightning did not have a shot on net from 9:16 of the first period to 10:11 of the second period, an incredible span of 20:55 without a chance on Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. It was a game in which the Capitals put 38 pucks on Vasilevskiy, many of them excellent chances that he

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