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A shot from Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette gets past Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby for a first-period goal during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

LOVERRO: Braden Holtby holds key to Capitals' fate

The Capitals can dominate, but are not dominant in the most important moments. The Capitals can play well, but they cannot sustain success. The Capitals are capable of winning, but seem far more comfortable folding. The answer? It's been the same since this round of the playoffs started -- Braden Holtby.

Washington Capitals fans hold up signs during warm ups before Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series between the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Washington. Also seen is Washington Capitals right wing Brett Connolly (10). (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Capitals have 'got to be desperate' for Game 4

- The Washington Times

From the left side of the face-off circle, there was Lightning center Steven Stamkos, drifting around -- ready to unleash the fury of his one-timer. On the right side was Nikita Kucherov, armed with just as an explosive of a shot.