Ovechkin has goal and assist, Capitals beat Lightning 4-2

Ovechkin has goal and assist, Capitals beat Lightning 4-2

Ovechkin has goal and assist, Capitals beat Lightning 4-2

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) takes a shot during the third period of the first game of the NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals between the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning on May 11, 2018, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL.

Simple, he said: "We have to elevate 10%". "Obviously, there was a lot of emotions through our locker room after that series win. We just went right back to work, and I think the guys responded well tonight".

The Washington captain, who as the gap-toothed face of the franchise had probably worn the previous post-season disappointments more so than any other player, had one of his best games of this year's playoffs. "All four lines played well in the first period and we need to do the same in the next game and the rest of the series".

"I've had some teams that have been very, very talented and they weren't necessarily the best teams", said Trotz, who is in the third round for the first time in 19 years as an National Hockey League head coach. "We're going for it this year, we're going for it next year, and then after that we're evaluating where we're at".

Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov were expected to be the big playmakers in this series, but it was Ovechkin who set the tone in this game with his brilliant performance. It's paid dividends for us.

The Caps were up 1-0 when Tampa Bay appeared to score.

Steven Stamkos, on the powerplay, and Ondrej Palat scored goals in the third period for the Lightning, who had an easier time getting to this stage of the playoffs by eliminating Boston and New Jersey in just five games each.


The Capitals got off to a 2-0 lead in the first period.

"It's tough, especially when there is not much time left in the period". But they had 18 attempts, meaning Holtby didn't have to stop 16 of those shot attempts. Instead of making simple plays and getting pucks on net, they looked for the flawless shots.

"It's a little bit of a chess match", Carlson said.

The first step to victory in the seventh minute made Michal Kempny that with the transfer of Evgeni Kuznetsov scored his debut goal in the play-offs. Hear all the highlights of Game 1 with John Walton on the call alongside Ken Sabourin on the Capitals Radio Network. This was an impressive win for Washington considering they were on the road and they didn't have Nicklas Backstrom (hand) in the lineup. The Lightning scored a goal, but it was later ruled that Tampa had too many men on the ice.

From the opening face-off, the Capitals dominated the offensive zone, out-shooting and out-chancing the Lightning. "They out-played us", Stamkos said following the game. "Everybody was paying the price".

My average springtime sneeze attack takes longer than it did for this game to go from tied up to all Caps.

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