Ryan Callahan an unlikely hero for the Lightning, Vasilevskiy stays hot and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.
Ryan Callahan – The veteran Lightning winger had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 Game Five win over Washington. He had one goal in his previous 12 postseason contests.
Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay’s netminder stopped 28 of 30 shots in Game Five vs. Washington. He’s made 100 stops on 106 shots (.943 SV%) over the past three games.
Matt Niskanen – The Capitals defenceman, along with partner Dmitry Orlov, was on the ice for all three goals against, and took responsibility for his role in those goals.
Braden Holtby – Washington’s goaltender allowed three goals on 22 shots in a 3-2 Game Five loss at Tampa Bay, and has a .844 save percentage in the past three games.
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John Carlson – The Capitals defenceman had an assist and a game-high 11 shot attempts (8 SOG), including a good chance in the game’s final moments on the way to a 3-2 Game Five loss at Tampa Bay.
Andre Burakovsky – The 23-year-old winger was a healthy scratch for Game Five, replaced in the lineup by Alex Chiasson.
Nicklas Backstrom – In his second game back from injury, the Capitals centre worked on a line with Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson, with Evgeny Kuznetsov moving between Chandler Stephenson and T.J. Oshie.
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