Lightning get back on track after Game 3 win

Capitals jump out to 2-0 series lead, return home for Game 3 tonight

Each goal came on a one-timer, Stamkos scoring from the left face-off circle and Kucherov from the right.

Moreover, with the power-play goal - the 10th of his postseason career - Stamkos passed Martin St. Louis to become Tampa Bay's all-time leading playoff power-play scorer, at 25 points, per Bryan Burns.

Per Scott Allen of the Washington Post, Wilson is traveling from her home in Rochester, New York to Washington D.C. for the game after receiving permission to travel from her doctors. The starting time for each Capitals home game was pushed back an hour to 8 PM, increasing the likelihood that the final horn would blow after Metro closed its doors at 11:30 PM.

The Capitals' 4-2 loss Tuesday to the Tampa Bay Lightning was the first time Washington had lost since Backstrom injured his hand. "Another big effort for him tonight, and you could see we all followed suit". Sixteen seconds into the man advantage, Nikita Kucherov went high glove side off a one-time pass from defenseman Victor Hedman to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead early in the second period.

It was especially true in the third period, when the Capitals took three penalties while trying to claw back into a game they trailed 3-1.

"If there is one thing I can sit here and say about these two games, it's we just played tentative and a little bit slow", Lightning coach Jon Cooper told

"It took a lot of flow out of our game", Trotz said. It wasn't ideal, but the Lightning began to make it up to Vasilevskiy for hanging him out to dry on so many odd-man rushes in Games 1 and 2 by improving their defensive-zone play. "I always like that, and I think that it brings out in the best in me, and now with Nick out I've just been playing more minutes". He was on his game, but so was the team in front of him.

"We know (the Capitals) have a great power play, and they obviously played around in the first two games and got some big goals", Hedman said. They sustained a streak of more than 20 kills in a row that spanned parts of the first two rounds, and their power-play success rate of 32.6 percent entering Tuesday was second-best among all postseason teams. "We need guys [to score], and I thought [Stamkos] did a good job shooting the puck today".

Andrei Vasilevskiy played his best game of the series, saving 36 of 38 shots.

Both centers Lars Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists as six different Capitals added tallies for the team. The goal is to win a championship, but you can't look too far ahead. "That's what we came in here tonight to do", said Stamkos. We've made it a series.



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