Though he performed well on the ice for Tampa Bay, Drouin was not as great a fit with the club. Two years ago he was suspended by the team for failing to report to the minor leagues; and his agent, Allan Walsh, engaged in a public war of words with the organization, ultimately demanding a trade. Yzerman refused to give in to that demand.
On Thursday, Yzerman sidestepped any question of lasting acrimony playing a role in trading Drouin. He did, however, point out that dealing Drouin, a pending restricted free agent at the time of the deal, helped the Lightning in terms of their salary cap, as well as in deciding which of their stable of talented forwards to protect in the upcoming expansion draft.
3. Andre Burakovsky, Capitals — Much of the burden to produce has fallen on the Caps’ stars — rightly so — but it sure helps when key depth scoring comes from a guy like Burakosvky, who chipped in his second and third goals of the postseason.
2. T.J. Oshie, Capitals — Oshie now has four goals and set a playoff career high with 12 points, one behind Backstrom for the team lead.
1. Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals — Backstrom’s fourth goal of the series was Monday’s most critical as it gave the Capitals a 3-0 advantage 16 seconds into the third period. He also assisted on the game’s first goal, running his playoff point total to 13.
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