But it was a failed Tampa Bay power play that decided the game.
Braden Holtby recorded 16 saves on 19 shots faced. "We weren't executing the way we normally did in the last couple of games".
Stamkos scored a power-play goal while firing a team-high four shots in Thursday's 4-2, Game 4 win over Washington.
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom took part in line rushes and saw time on the power-play unit at practice Thursday for the first time since injuring his hand, but has still not medically been cleared to play.
The only reason the Lightning won Game 4 was because of an absolutely ridiculous performance by goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. First by making what Garry Galley called a "Savard-ian spinarama" after former Habs great Serge Savard, and then with a wicked blast for the game's first goal.
" "Vasy" saved us in that second period when (the Capitals) were kind of coming at us".
Even when the Capitals scored the first goal - they had an 8-3 record in these playoffs when that happened - the Lightning weren't concerned. They bounced back from their lousy Game 3, they're tied 2-2 in the series (which somehow doesn't seem as bad as those dreaded 3-1 series leads), and they've yet to play a really poor road game.
The teams traded goals early, with Dmitry Orlov scoring for Washtington with 15:32 left, then Brayden Point answering about a minute later for Tampa Bay.
With nine minutes left in the frame, Ovechkin had a glorious chance at point-blank range, but his shot sailed over the net.
You can say that Vasilevskiy absolutely stole a game for the Lightning.
The Lightning got the game-winner from Alex Killorn 11:57 into the third period just after a power play expired. The Capitals had a number of Grade A opportunities, but Vasilevskiy was there to keep them at bay. He had just one assist in his previous 10 games. Three shifts after Washington's goal, Tampa Bay responded, capitalizing on an egregious blind, backhand pass across the slot.
The score was tied, but who would take the lead? Penalties-Eller, WSH, (holding), 7:27; Gourde, TB, (interference), 11:20; Hedman, TB, (slashing), 14:31; Kucherov, TB, (hooking), 17:56.
Even not at 100 percent, Backstrom gives Washington another threat on the power play, which has so far been a deciding factor in the series.
"It's pretty freakish", said Steven Stamkos, who took a puck of the face during the morning skate, then went out and scored a power-play goal that gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead after the first period.
About a minute after going up 1-0, Washington defenceman Michal Kempny gifted Tampa Bay a goal when he attempted a no-look backhand pass up in the middle of the ice. Only 5:18 into the period, Alexander Ovechkin sprung Evgeni Kuznetsov free for a solo shot on Vasilevskiy.
Backstrom had four shots on goal and won 6 of 9 faceoffs, but the Capitals fell to Tampa Bay 4-2. Washington is 0 for 7 since. Kuznetsov's 21 points equaled Ovechkin (2009) for the most by a Capitals player in one postseason.
Maybe it just isn't in the cards for the home team in this series.