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Mike Smith was perfect in relief of goalie Dwayne Roloson, and Simon Gagne snapped a tie in the third period for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who erased an early three-goal deficit and evened the Eastern Conference finals with a 5-3 win in Game 4 over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Tyler Seguin had two goals and two assists and the Boston Bruins fed off the energy of the recently promoted rookie to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 and tie the Eastern Conference finals at one game each on Tuesday night.
Alex Ovechkin stood in one corner of the Washington Capitals’ dressing room with a nasty cut on the bridge of his nose. Brooks Laich stood in another with a dozen stitches running across his chin. Later, Mike Knuble came in and talked about how “emotional” the previous 24 hours had been.
It's all coming unraveled for the Washington Capitals. Eight years in the assembling, Southeast Division champs for the past four, they're the pot that never boils, the firecracker that never goes off.
If you've followed the Capitals for very long, you're familiar with the sense of dread that can well up whenever a playoff game goes into overtime. This dread has been known by many names over the years — Pat LaFontaine, Petr Nedved, Martin St. Louis, Ray Ferraro. All of them have broken the Caps' hearts in OT (sometimes in quadruple OT), and there are plenty more where they came from.