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Tatar in lineup for Golden Knights against Capitals in Game 4 of Final

Forward has been scratch past five games, could replace Perron

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Tomas Tatar will be in the lineup for the Vegas Golden Knights against the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS, SN).

 

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"He brings offense, can shoot the puck and is good on our power play," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said of the forward. "He'll play his game and our system and work hard. He's excited to play, that's for sure."

Tatar was on the third line with Cody Eakin and Ryan Carpenter at the morning skate. Gallant would not say whom Tatar would replace, but left wing David Perron did not skate with the four lines. Alex Tuch was on the second line with Erik Haula and James Neal.

Gallant said there could be another change in the lineup, but didn't comment further.

The Capitals lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.

Tatar, who was traded to the Golden Knights from the Detroit Red Wings for three draft picks Feb. 26, has one goal in six Stanley Cup Playoff games. The 27-year-old hasn't played since Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the Winnipeg Jets, missing the past five games.

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"As soon as it's the playoffs, all the personal feelings goes aside," Tatar said. "We are all here for one goal and that's to win. It doesn't matter who is in or who is out. Everybody's pulling for one (thing) and that's to win."

Tatar had 34 points (20 goals, 14 assists) this season, but six (four goals, two assists) in 20 games after he was acquired by the Golden Knights.

"It's not easy to come into a group that's already somehow, even if you are a young group, you are really solidified quite quick," Vegas center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare said. "[Tatar] came, and he had a chance to play right away, and then he didn't play and he just kept working. Great attitude to help us when we were in a tough loss, in the locker room, behind the scenes. I always like him in the lineup. It's always fun. He did it against Winnipeg (scoring in Game 2) and he helped us big time, so it's always fun to see a guy who is patient, keeps working and then suddenly it pays off."

The Golden Knights have been a productive team for most of the playoffs but scored three goals in the past two games. Their only goal in a 3-1 Game 3 loss was scored by fourth-line forward Tomas Nosek off a turnover by Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby.

"We know the last three games, for the most part, Washington was the better team in the series," Gallant said. "We have to change it. We have to work a little harder, compete a little harder, we have to be first on pucks a little quicker. It can change in a hurry if we get back to our game and play well."

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