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Record: Lightning 3 Capitals 0

Previous games: Game 1: 4-2 Lightning, Game 2: 3-2 Lightning, Game 3: 4-3 Lightning

Game time: 7:30pm EST on TSN (HD), NHLN-US (HD), RDS (HD), CSN-DC (HD) SUN (HD) and on the radio

It's less than 24 hours later and the teams are back at it for Game 4.

The Lightning have won six straight games and with a seventh win tonight could sweep the series. How fast is your day going to go by? Can you even concentrate on anything at work today?

Russian Machine Never Breaks calls the 3-0 lead dire. I would too.

But the Lightning are still downplaying the 3-0 series lead:

"You can't (let up), especially against Washington," "We're up 3-0, but when we played Pittsburgh in the first series and it was 3-1, we never gave up and we came back. We're on the other side of it, so we've got to make sure that we go until the end." -Vincent Lecavalier
The Caps played a solid 40 minutes last night, again outshooting the Lightning 27-15. But went home after the 2nd period and blew the game in the third period. The Lightning outshot the Caps 15-5, with Stamkos and Malone scoring to take the lead. Ovechkin was Washington's best player but couldn't win the game himself.

"They are uncanny. When they want to get a goal it's like they just snap their fingers or hit a button. They just dial it up. You can see it. It's like they flip a switch. When they are down, it's just like they think, 'we know we are going to score.' I don't know what it is, it leaves you flabbergasted," a disconsolate Knuble said. -ESPN
Mike Green missed the majority of the third period in Game 3. No idea if he's going to play tonight (will update later).

Go Bolts!

Line-up Notes:

  • Lightning injuries: Simon Gagne (Upper body, day-to-day), Pavel Kubina (Upper body, listed as day-to-day), Dana Tyrell
  • Lightning scratches: Mattias Ritola, Matt Smaby and some more black aces
  • Capitals injuries: Tom Poti, Dennis Wideman

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