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OTTAWA St. Louis Blues Hoodies Authentic , Ontario (AP) — Oilers had a reasonable excuse for being sluggish at the outset against the league-worst Ottawa Senators.McDavid scored a slick goal, Mikko Koskinen made 35 saves and Edmonton got over feeling groggy to beat Ottawa 4-2 on Thursday night.Sam Gagner, Colby Cave and Zack Kassian also scored for the Oilers, who stopped a two-game skid.Edmonton was coming off a 6-2 loss to Toronto on Wednesday night and because of travel issues, the team didn’t arrive at its Ottawa hotel until 3:30 a.m.“We had no energy at the start,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “Connor gave us a big boost by his play. That helped a lot and then Cave’s line really got wheeling and that was a good sign. We started to get juice in the second period, but we were running on fumes at the start.”Chris Tierney and Mark Borowiecki scored for the Senators, who lost their sixth straight, and Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots in his ninth straight defeat. Ottawa was coming off a 7-2 loss to Washington in which it looked overmatched, but the Senators gave a more consistent effort in their latest defeat.“We know we can have that effort every night and if we bring that day in, day out for the rest of the season we’ll be just fine,” Colin White said. “Sometimes it’s tough St. Louis Blues Hats Authentic , but to come back and work even harder after that kind of game shows a lot about us.”White believed he had tied the game with Ottawa trailing 3-2 in the third period, but the goal was called off because of a high stick. White knocked the puck down and then scored.“(Officials) said it was a judgment call,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. “If you call it a goal then the league can check, but if you don’t call it a goal then you can’t and it stays a judgment call.”It was the first home game for Ottawa since Mark Stone was traded to Vegas, but thanks to McDavid the Senators had one of their biggest crowds of the season.“It was fun, there was good energy,” Borowiecki said. “A lot of blue and orange in warm-ups, but that’s the Connor McDavid Canada tour so it’s going to happen. It was nice to get some support and we appreciate fans coming out and sticking behind us in this tough situation. I know it’s not easy for the city.”Edmonton was up two goals after two periods and took a 3-1 lead 1:46 into the third when Cave took advantage of a giveaway by Christian Jaros for his second of the season.Ottawa made it a one-goal game when Borowiecki scored his first of the season at the seven-minute mark, but Kassian iced it for the Oilers with an empty-net goal.“He’s definitely a guy who’s passionate about scoring, especially in practice, so it’s good to see him get out there and get one,” Anderson said of Borowiecki’s goal.Trailing 1-0 Custom St. Louis Blues Jerseys , the Oilers tied it in the second when McDavid scored his 33rd of the season. McDavid dug the puck out of Oscar Lindberg’s skates and then beat Anderson high from in close with a deke to the forehand.“The game was kind of flat-lining at that point,” McDavid said. “They came out with a lot of jump and scored one and then in the second they didn’t give up much. Sometimes it just takes a little break and the offense starts coming.”Edmonton took a 2-1 lead late in the period as Thomas Chabot left Gagner all alone. Gagner took a great pass from Ty Rattie for his fourth of the season.Anderson was busy from the start, making a couple big saves on McDavid early on, but it was the Senators who scored first.Tierney scored his first in 19 games as he came from behind the net, grabbed a loose puck in front and beat Koskinen through the legs.NOTES: Rudolfs Balcers missed the game with an illness, while Christian Wolanin was a healthy scratch for the Senators. … Edmonton scratched Kevin Gravel, Alexander Petrovic and Kyle Brodziak.UP NEXTOilers: Visit Columbus on Saturday.Senators: At league-leading Tampa Bay on Saturday night. WASHINGTON (AP) Jon Cooper’s Tampa Bay Lightning won Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final despite going the equivalent of more than a period without a shot on goal.They won despite falling behind about 4 1/2 minutes into the game.They won despite being called for three penalties – one right after the other – late in the first period, allowing Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals’ prolific power play to get all that time to operate.And they did it, mainly, thanks to Andrei Vasilevskiy, who made 36 saves and kept things close until Alex Killorn scored the tiebreaker with about 8 minutes left, lifting Tampa Bay to a 4-2 victory over Washington on Thursday night www.officiallightningprostore.com , evening the series at two games apiece.”When you don’t have your `A’ game, you need your goalie to have his `A’ game,” Cooper said. ”And he sure did.”Now the Lightning will host Game 5 on Saturday night, with Game 6 back in Washington on Monday.The road team has won every game in the series so far.”It’s pretty bizarre,” said Steven Stamkos, who took a puck of the face during the morning skate, then went out and scored a power-play goal that gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead after the first period. ”We’ve got to find a way to win one at home.”The Capitals might be thinking the very same thing. After all, they fell to 3-5 in the nation’s capital this postseason, while they are 7-1 in away games.On Thursday, they even got booed – yes, a smattering of jeers rang out in the team’s first conference final in 20 years – late in the first period after failing to convert any of the trio of man-advantage chances.That stretch was part of a chunk of nearly 21 full minutes of game time – the last 10:41 of the first period, followed by the initial 10:11 of the second – during which Tampa Bay never putt a single official shot on net.”Our guys were gassed. That’s a lot of stress. Mental stress. The same guys are on the ice the whole time. Other guys aren’t playing Tampa Bay Lightning T-Shirts Authentic ,” Cooper said. ”You kind of lose your whole rhythm.”And so it was vital that Vasilevskiy played just like the Vezina Trophy finalist he is.He was spectacular at times, including stops against Chandler Stephenson on a breakaway and Nicklas Backstrom – who returned after missing four games with an injured right hand – from the doorstep in the second period. In the third, Vasilevskiy used his left glove to swat away a try from Brett Connolly.Following one flubbed chance, Ovechkin threw his head back and looked up, the very picture of disappointment.After allowing 10 goals in Games 1 and 2, Vasilevskiy has given up a total of four in Games 3 and 4.”He didn’t play great in the first two. He played well in the second two. It’s our job to make him look like the goalie from the first two games,” Washington forward Tom Wilson said. ”We’ll make it hard on him.”Capitals goalie Braden Holtby didn’t get a chance to make nearly as many saves, given the shot discrepancy: Washington ended up with 38 to Tampa Bay’s 20. And Holtby allowed goals on two of the first five shots he faced, to Brayden Point and to Stamkos. Anthony Cirelli added an empty-netter with a second left.The go-ahead goal came thanks to a defensive breakdown, when Killorn was left pretty much alone and scored 6 seconds after a Tampa Bay power play expired, putting in a pass from Ondrej Palat.”Tonight was so important,” Killorn said. ”Going down 3-1 in a series is tremendously different from 2-2.”After his score Tampa Bay Lightning Hoodies Authentic , Killorn said, ”We played our best hockey.”That’s true.Washington’s goals had come from Evgeny Kuznetsov – off an assist by Ovechkin – in the second period, and defenseman Dmitry Orlov in the early going. But late, the Capitals could not get the tying goal in, even after pulling Holtby with a little more than 2 minutes to go so they could play 6-on-5.”Of course,” Ovechkin said, ”it’s a missed opportunity.”NOTES: Stamkos has one power-play goal in each game of the series. … The Lightning have produced 11 power-play goals over their last nine games, with at least one in each. … Lars Eller was whistled for both of Washington’s penalties and has five in the past two games. ”That was way too many,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. … Kuznetsov’s 21 points equaled Ovechkin (2009) for the most by a Capitals player in one postseason.—
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