3. Playing with the Lead
Despite the win in game three, the Lightning only led for a grand total of 42 seconds. In game two they held a brief lead before surrendering it about three minutes later. Game four marked the first time the Lightning have really gotten to play with the lead in this series after Maroon’s opening goal in the first period.
Tampa Bay loves to play while ahead. They are able to roll all of their lines, establish the way that they want to play and they can be play confidently with Andrei Vasilevskiy in net. The first goal in a game is always crucial in the playoffs, but for the Lightning, it has proven to be recipe for success over the last few playoff runs more often than not.