Lightning avenge home losses with Game 3 win at Capitals

Lightning avenge home losses with Game 3 win at Capitals

The Caps are 7-1 on the road in the playoffs and 3-4 at Capital One Arena.

"We're here for a reason". The Lightning have been risky on the road throughout the playoffs posting a 4-1 record, while the Capitals have struggled at home losing 4 of their seven home games.

They kept the attack going with first-minute goal in Game 2 on their way to a 6-2 victory.

Did the Lightning feel they owed their goalie one, after hanging him out to dry for 10 goals in the first two games?

And Vasilevskiy looked much less worn out than he did in the first two games, where he allowed 10 goals in five periods of play and never eclipsed a.850 save percentage. "It's just so much better to play with the lead".

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby allowed four goals on 23 shots, though power-play one-timers by Stamkos and Kucherov were nearly impossible to stop. Ovechkin also added a goal and assist, bringing his point total to four in the series. Braden Holtby made 33 saves for Washington and has stopped 52 of 56 shots in two games, winning the goaltending battle with Andrei Vasilevskiy.


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 says the way they've played in the Conference Finals is not the way they have played at all other points throughout the season.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz said the Lightning's power-play goals did not necessarily loosen them up to improve on their even-strength chances, but the constant penalties interfered with what Washington wanted to do. "These first two games, that's the way we've played". With his 10th career power-play goal, Stamkos tied Martin St. Louis for Tampa Bay's playoff record.

Oh knows Washington has used an early offensive burst to take command in each of the first two meetings.

Backstrom has participated in morning skates with the Capitals, but has not taken line rushes or any time with their power-play units.

For optimal analysis of this Stanley Cup playoff game, look no further than SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh. We rely on him a ton, he's a horse and most nights if he's going well, we're going well as a team.

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