Lightning avenge home losses with Game 3 win at Washington

Lightning avenge home losses with Game 3 win at Washington

Lightning avenge home losses with Game 3 win at Washington

Now, Kucherov has not been the risky weapon he normally is ever since scoring five goals in the Lightning's five-game elimination of the New Jersey Devils in the opening round. "That's what we came in here tonight to do". Despite all that pressure, the Lightning never let the Caps get off many clean shots, settle into any set plays, chase any rebounds or get loose on odd-man rushes or breakaways.

Hedman's 5-on-5 game still needs some work, but No. 77 scored his first goal of the playoffs and added two helpers so no one will be complaining too much.

And as they have in other critical junctures of this postseason, the Lightning relied on their best players to rise to the occasion and rescue a series that had been firmly in their opponents' grasp.

But in the first 20 minutes on this must-win night for Tampa, Kucherov was worse than invisible. "But obviously, it's nice to perform at this time of the year".

To Cooper, the issue is that "for two games, we've dried up".

"I'm put in a position to produce, and I put that pressure on myself to do it", said Hedman, who has a goal and 10 assists during an eight-game point streak. It was a clutch performance.

Vasilevskiy's solid night was dinged midway through the second period, when forward Brett Connolly's one-timer from the left circle cut the Capitals' deficit to 3-1, providing a glimmer of hope for the hosts. "We've made it a series", said Stamkos. "The goal is to win a championship, but you can't look too far ahead". "We've made it a series".

The Capitals come home to Capital One Arena for Game 3 on Tuesday night sporting a 2-0 lead over a Tampa Bay Lightning team that won the most games in the National Hockey League during the regular season.

The Caps have jumped out to a 2-0 series lead after a 6-2 victory on Sunday in Tampa.

Much of that was because of the Capitals, who gifted the Lightning two power play goals in an undisciplined game that was decided by special teams. "We were ready for it and nobody was going to give up ..." "I embrace when there's more on the line and the stakes are higher". "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". Point picked up an assist on Steven Stamkos' power-play goal in the first period.

Then there was Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Tampa Bay got two injury scares in the third period when Stamkos hobbled off after taking a slap shot from teammate Braydon Coburn in the right knee and Tyler Johnson was cross-checked by Michal Kempny.

Washington left wing Alex Ovechkin is excited about his team's series lead but knows they still have a long way to go before clinching a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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