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Greg WyshynskiESPN

WASHINGTON — With just over eight minutes left in regulation, the Washington Capitals survived the most lethal power play in the postseason.

The home crowd roared in appreciation of their penalty kill. For a moment, they exhaled.

All the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to tie up the Eastern Conference finals was that brief moment of satisfaction from their opponents.

Mikhail Sergachev held the puck in the zone, sent it to Ondrej Palat, who backhanded it to Alex Killorn in the middle of three Capitals defenders, who slid it past goalie Braden Holtby.

It was six seconds after the penalty kill. It was six seconds that turned a golden chance for the Capitals in Game 4 on Thursday night to take control of this series into a wasted one, as the Lightning evened the conference final at 2-2 with a 4-2 win over Washington at Capital One Arena on Thursday night.

Alex Killorn scored the tiebreaker with about 8 minutes left, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves, and the Tampa Bay Lightning weathered the equivalent of more than a period without a shot on goal to edge the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Thursday night,…

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom returned to the lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, but the Lightning pulled out the win to even the series at two games apiece.

It doesn’t matter how raucous crowds have been in this year’s NHL playoffs — home teams are having a hard time getting the job done.

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