The Capitals have neutralized their hybrid game and tonight I would look for the Lightning, down 2-0 with nothing to lose, to open it back up and play the way that nearly won them the President's Trophy.
The team has jumped out to an early 2-0 series lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals and will return home to Washington tonight at 8:00 p.m. for Game Three.
According to Scott Allen and Matt Bonesteel of the Washington Post: "On Tuesday, [D.C. Council member Jack] Evans told the Washington Post that the tiny, wealthy nation of Qatar has agreed to pay the $100,000 fee to keep [the] Metro open until 12:30 a.m. on Thursday". Thank Kucherov on the power play for that one!
"They were so responsible defensively, making good puck decisions and through the first two rounds they didn't give up a whole lot". But Tuesday was a different story.
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The most recent issue is the Eastern Conference finals playoff series between the Capitals and Lightning.
NOTES: C Lars Eller took three of Washington's six penalties. A lone bright spot in the poor homestand was captain Steven Stamkos appearing to heat up [VIDEO]after a slow start to the playoffs, and Stamkos and the rest of the Lightning's marquee names all came through huge in game three. Caps cut Bolts' lead to 4-2. "You've got to make them chase the game", said Cooper. That was a learning experience players could point to when they went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015, but right now it's just an ugly deficit. 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. But the key to the Game 3 victory was Tampa Bay's refusal to squander that effort from their stars, both offensively and defensively.
Backstrom, who is second all-time in Capitals playoff scoring, and third all-time in Capitals regular season scoring is the team's third most important player, after Holtby and Ovechkin. Coach Barry Trotz continues to call Backstrom day-to-day.
With Tampa on the power play, Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik fanned on a clearing attempt down deep.