Well, who'd have thought we'd be here? After three one-goal wins (essentially), the Tampa Bay Lightning have found themselves simply outworking the Washington Capitals and grinding out victories. In a rare two games in two days circumstance, the Lightning look to end their series with the Caps on Wednesday night, which they currently lead 3-0. The two teams meet in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Simon Gagne and Pavel Kubina are both out for the Lightning, who would do best to close things out. If they don't, they have to let it sit for two days before an early afternoon Saturday showdown in Washington for Game 5, and they'd like to get 41-year old netminder Dwayne Roloson (who is 7-3 in the post-season and has been one of their big keys to victory) some rest. They've been led in this series by their captain, Vincent Lecavalier, with three goals and five points. He's also tied for the team's playoff lead with five goals and 11 points. Teddy Purcell has led the team in assists with four against Washington.
As for the Capitals, it is do or die, and possibly win or see head coach Bruce Boudreau lose his job. Though the Washington bench boss vehemently dismissed any rumors that his job's on the line, you'd have to think the Caps hierarchy will at least consider a change if the Caps go down so quietly in this series. Mike Green is questionable for Game 4 after having been seen limping out of the rink. Sean Collins may replace him. Michal Neuvirth is expected to start.