DC sports teams are inexplicably awful in home playoff games

DC sports teams are inexplicably awful in home playoff games

DC sports teams are inexplicably awful in home playoff games

He was also on the ice, with Brooks Orpik, for two Lightning power play goals. The Capitals know first hand how risky it can be to squander a 2-0 lead at home, having survived being in the Lightning's position in the opening round when they dropped the first two games to the Columbus Blue Jackets only to win three straight road games en route to a 4-2 series win.

"I think we always feel like we owe him", defenseman Anton Stralman said. The Norris Trophy finalist who played a team-high 25:08 was most proud of successful penalty kills.

Nikita Kucherov - The Lightning sniper recorded a goal and an assist in Game Three, giving him 16 points (7 G, 9 A) in 13 playoff games.

The situation had "potential momentum swing" for the Caps written all over it, but Vasilevskiy and the Lightning killed off the penalty nearly routinely.

It was Hedman who set up goals No. 1 and No. 2 on the power play, dishing passes to the most reliable trigger-men on this team, in Stamkos and Kucherov.

Game 3 on Tuesday night in Washington can't come soon enough for the Lightning, who are in a historically hard spot after losing twice at home to open the series.

"Thats just guys sacrificing their body for the team", center Brayden Point said.

As clinically as Tampa Bay eliminated New Jersey and Boston in five games apiece, Washington is rolling behind the scoring of Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov and the goaltending of Braden Holtby, who has stopped 52 of 56 shots through two games.

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After Kucherov's power-play tally at 1:50, Hedman was left alone on the right side and sent a sizzling shot past Holtby to stretch the lead to 3-0 at 3:37. That score deflated the crowd after Brett Connolly had given the home team some rare optimism by scoring midway through the period. Stamkos converted first, with about six minutes to go in the opening period, wiring one home from his usual spot on the off-wing-that shot you know is coming, but you still can't stop it. "I think that gives him some confidence, too, that he knows we're on and that's the way it should be".

The Capitals are now 38-40 in the postseason at Capital One Arena, the Wizards marginally better at 17-15. "Like I said, hes been outstanding for us all year, and he was great tonight".

"We probably needed to spring a little life into our group", says Cooper. It's been a heck of a run with - we really haven't changed our lineup at all in getting to this point.

Backstrom participated in the morning skate on Tuesday and before a 6-2, Game 2 win at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

"They're your top players because to get to this point you need to make sure you have 97-plus points during an 82-game season, and those guys were a big reason that we got to that point", said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper.

The Capitals can still get a stranglehold on the series with a Game 4 victory on Thursday.

"We haven't done anything yet", Stamkos said. "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".

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