Lightning avenge home losses with Game 3 win in Washington

Tanya Simon
May 16, 2018

He was pulled with more than three minutes remaining as the Capitals were desperate to create more offense.

The public transportation system in Washington, D.C., normally only runs until 11:30 p.m. ET on weeknights, posing a potential problem for fans leaving Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, which doesn't begin until 8 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena.

The Capitals strike back with 9:29 left in the 2nd.

Stamkos stepped up his game with a 60% CF%, Vasilevskiy was solid, and the Lightning checked enough of the boxes elsewhere to get themselves back into the series, defeating the Capitals 4-2 in Game 3. Stamkos opened the scoring at the 13:53 mark of the first period when he blew a one-timer on the power play past Caps goalie Braden Holtby.

"We had an emotional high slaying our beast in our division (Boston) and we just didn't bring the same intensity into Game 1 and Game 2", Cooper said. Eller has two goals and two assists in the first two games against Tampa Bay.

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The Lightning have scored four goals against the Capitals, one at 5-on-5.

Coach Barry Trotz said on Tuesday that Backstrom remains "day-to-day". "We weren't able to get some of our guys that don't really have a role in the power play or penalty kill to get a chance to use them again".

"We know both teams have pretty good special teams, and if we're going to play like that, they're going to use it", said Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who combined with Kuznetsov to put 21 shots on net.

In the first two games, Washington scored goals in the waning seconds of a period in each game.

Brett Connolly and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for Washington. "Not good enough for power play, but we will be better for sure".

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