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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Sean Bergenheim (10) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals during the second period in Game 4 on Wednesday in Tampa, Fla. (Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)
Sean Bergenheim is hardly a household name. Each year there are under-the-radar players who become playoff stars, but the Lightning winger has put himself in the very early discussion for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Bergenheim has seven goals, including two in Tampa Bay's 5-3 victory Wednesday night in Game 4 that finished the Capitals off with a sweep and moved on to the Eastern Conference Finals.
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Tampa coach Guy Boucher wants his team to pretend it's even with Washington, and not enjoying a three games to none lead. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)
Guy Boucher's underdog mentality has served the Lightning well so far in these playoffs, as he called his team "David" to the Capitals' "Goliath" and sounded surprised every time Tampa Bay won a game. Even up three games to none with the chance to sweep Washington out of the playoffs on Wednesday night, the attitude hasn't changed. Read more »
Washington Capitals players and coach Bruce Boudreau, third from left, watch the final moments of Game 3 in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday. Tampa Bay won 4-3. (John Raoux/Associated Press)

The Capitals were cruising along and looked like they were going to make this a series. Then a giveaway by Eric Fehr turned into a Steven Stamkos goal, and 24 seconds later the puck went in off Ryan Malone and the Lightning had a 4-3 lead. They held on to take a commanding series lead.
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Washington coach Bruce Boudreau doesn't blame goalie Michael Neuvirth for the fact the Capitals have lost the first two games to Tampa Bay in their Eastern Conference semifinal. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

Tampa Bay is up 2-0 on the Capitals and NHL teams that go up three games to none after winning the first two on the road are 34-1 all-time.

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Jason Chimera of Washington, right, was among those surprised to learn about the major news coming from the White House late Sunday. (NIck Wass/Associated Press)

When the news broke Sunday night that September 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden had been killed, the Lightning and Capitals were just getting done with Game 2, won in overtime by Tampa Bay's Vinny Lecavalier. Down the street from Verizon Center thousands gathered at the White House to celebrate while Capitals players went home to discover the news.


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Tampa Bay Lightning's Vincent Lacavalier, second from left, celebrates his goal with the team during the overtime period in Game 2 on Sunday in Washington. The Lightning won 3-2. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

The two-on-one rush Tampa Bay's Teddy Purcell and Vinny Lecavalier used to score the game-winner in overtime probably never should have happened.

Tired Capitals defenceman Scott Hannan went for a change, Randy Jones saw the opening and found Purcell. The rest was elementary, as Purcell and Lecavalier beat Mike Green and then Michal Neuvirth to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
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Tampa's Simon Gagne was helped off the ice but said later he never lost consciousness after his head bounced off the ice in Game 1 in Washington. (Nick Wass/Associated Press)
Simon Gagne and Pavel Kubina were both ruled out for Game 2 on Sunday night in Washington by Lightning coach Guy Boucher, who said forward Blair Jones and defenceman Randy Jones will step into the lineup to take their places. Read more »

Turnovers, penalties costly for Capitals

Categories: Tampa Bay Lightning, WSH vs. TAM, Washington Capitals
Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau gives his team instructions during a timeout, but it didn't appear like his team absorbed them. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

When the Washington Capitals started losing patience, coach Guy Boucher's Lightning took advantage of some Washington turnovers and missed opportunities and changed the tide of the game en route to their 4-2 victory.

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Downie, Alzner now fierce rivals

Categories: Tampa Bay Lightning, WSH vs. TAM, Washington Capitals
Tampa Bay's Steve Downie had an eventful first playoff series with the Lightning, scoring and getting a suspension. (Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)

Guy Boucher did not back off his comparison of his Tampa Bay Lightning against the Washington Capitals to David vs. Goliath.

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Caps, Lightning not expecting surprises

Categories: Tampa Bay Lightning, WSH vs. TAM, Washington Capitals
Nicklas Backstrom, right, and the rest of the Washington Capitals several times a season have to deal with the special talents of Hart Trophy finalist Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

It's just the second time the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning have met in the playoffs, but the Southeast Division rivals have seen each other six times this season and players believe that familiarity will help.

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