He had participated in the morning skates for Washington this week but returned to taking line rushes and power-play practice time only on Thursday. Also seen is Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86), of Russian Federation.
Alex Killorn scored the go-ahead goal halfway through the third period and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36 shots as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 to level the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2.
The Lightning power play, which is 6 for 14 this series, got an opportunity with 10:09 left in the game after center Lars Eller was called for his second penalty of the contest and his fifth infraction in the past two games. Anthony Cirelli was able to officially ice the game with an empty-netter with two seconds to play.
The Capitals controlled the puck for the majority of the game, outshooting Tampa Bay 38-20. He has missed the past four games with a hand injury, and Caps coach Barry Trotz says he has not been medically cleared yet. "Simpler play. Just a kind of, like, more gritty style". In the third, Vasilevskiy used his left glove to swat away a try from Brett Connolly.
After one flubbed chance, Ovechkin threw his head back and looked up, the very picture of disappointment.
Washington had a number of looks after pulling Holtby with about two minutes to play, but a combination of unlucky bounces and clutch saves by Vasilevskiy denied the Capitals the equalizer.
Based on the shot attempts, Washington should have had plenty more.
Meantime, the rest of the Lightning's best players - names such as Stamkos, Hedman, Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point - have continued to be the Lightning's best players. I like the home team to finally win a game in this series. They landed the first four shots and controlled the pace of play.
The game was barely 8 1/2 minutes old, and the Lightning had only accumulated five shots. The next two-both in the next seven minutes of play-resulted in one shot, a dozen turnovers and a rare chorus of boos from the Capital One Arena as the home team left the ice. Less than six minutes into the period, Alex Ovechkin's backhand saucer pass through the neutral zone hit center Evgeny Kuznetsov in stride for a breakaway. The Capitals are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay, 15-7 in the last 22 meetings and the over is 20-7-4 in the last 31 meetings.
The Capitals came back to tie the game at the 5:18 mark when Evgeny Kuznetsovgathered his 10th goal of the playoffs from a attractive backhand pass from Alex Ovechkin.
Nit Vasilevskiy wouldnt let another puck go in.
In the span of three minutes in the first period, Point played a huge role in flipping a 1-0 Capitals into a 2-1 Lightning advantage. Oshie in Game 5. He has been skating with the team and participated in Wednesday's optional practice. In 2015-16 he had a blood clot issue that kept him out the last two weeks of the regular season and every playoff game that year except for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Penalties-Eller, WSH, (hooking), 9:51. At the same time we want to continue that and continue that in wins.