Lightning lead Capitals 4-1 in 3rd

Ross Houston
May 16, 2018

Tampa Bay capitalized twice on the power play to build an early lead. Holtby allowed four goals but was helpless on the one-timers on the power play by Stamkos and Kucherov - the 10th and 11th Tampa Bay power-play goals over a streak of seven games with at least one.

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was not in the lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, missing his fourth straight game with a right hand injury.

The Lightning rebounded to take a 2-1 lead in the first period of Game Two, but the Capitals responded with 5 unanswered goals to take a convincing 2-0 series lead. He also registered an assist on Nikita Kucherov's power-play tally in the second frame to make it 2-0 for the Bolts.


Brett Connolly put the Caps on the board just over halfway through the second, scoring off a feed from Chandler Stephenson. Even on the bad angle, Kuznetsov roofed the puck and cut the lead to 4-2.

According to The Washington Post, the Middle Eastern country is taking part in the newest DC sports tradition: paying the city's Metro service to stay open late during a playoff game so fans can get home.

"We haven't done anything yet". "Let's see who we really are". "That's it, that's what we've came in here to do". Ovi had nine shots on goal and 18 shot attempts total on the night.


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. The road team is carrying the advantage this year's playoffs, 39-33. And that gives him confidence that we're on. "All the buildings are pretty well the same these days".

"It's gut check time", Stamkos told the media ahead of Game 3. Eller took his third of the night when he cross-checked Steven Stamkos, but Stamkos was sent off at the same time for roughing Eller in a tussle after the play.

After a passive Game 1 loss, the Vegas Golden Knights turned things up in Game 2, most notably forward Jonathan Marchessault. "Maybe they play a little different". On the enduing power play, Victor Hedman and Brayden Point cycled the puck for Stamkos to get a clean shot. Cooper explained the difference in his goalie's peformances from the first two games to tonight. The 38 shots were the most taken by the Capitals this postseason. "We didn't get 113 points by playing that way".


"Today was one of those games you feed pucks to Kuch and Stammer, pucks are going to go in", said Hedman. Much like the first two games of the series, a strong start will be important as the teams battle for the lead, and that means on both ends of the ice in a series already defined by quick offensive outbursts.

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