Lightning-Capitals: Tom Jones’ takeaways from Tampa Bay’s 4-2 victory in Game 4

Chris Kunitz #14 of the Tampa Bay Lightning gets kicked in the face against the Washington Capitals during the third period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on May 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) 775163965
Chris Kunitz #14 of the Tampa Bay Lightning gets kicked in the face against the Washington Capitals during the third period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on May 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) 775163965
Published May 17 2018
Updated May 18 2018

1. Steven Stamkos is officially on fire. His first-period power-play goal gave him goals in six of the past seven games. He has 11 power-play goals in his postseason career, a franchise record, bettering Marty St. Louis.

2. Speaking of power-play goals, Stamkos' tally gave the Lightning a streak of nine consecutive postseason games with a power-play goal. That's a franchise record. More important, the power play is a threat practically every time the Lightning gets the man advantage.

3. That the Lightning was even in Game 4 was a credit to goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Lightning was badly outplayed and outshot before the game even got to the third period, and the only reason it had a chance to win was because of Vasilevskiy.

Contact Tom Jones at tjones@tampabay.com. Follow @tomwjones

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