Stanley Cup playoffs: Lightning get first win vs. Capitals

Stanley Cup playoffs: Lightning get first win vs. Capitals

To be honest, no one was really even talking about it.

"When you're in a situation like we were, we needed to do it tonight. I'm not too sure, but we talked about it on the bench as the [penalty kill] unit and a little bit after the game and we know what we need to do".

"When you get to the playoffs, it's the team that wins", Lightning coach Jon Cooper told reporters. "I thought some of our penalties last night were unnecessary, and because of that, that put the game at risk".

"Last year was tough", said Stamkos, who is 28 years old.

"I think we always feel like we owe him", defenseman Anton Stralman said. There has not been a best-of-five or best-of-seven playoff series in which the road team won every game. That expectation grew at the trade deadline when the team acquired Miller and defenceman Ryan McDonagh at the trade deadline. "Obviously, they expect you to do well and have a playoff run".

When the Capitals concentrated on closing that lane in Game 3, Hedman had more time and space to operate from the point. His three goals and five points are the most on the team.

"Tampa Bay" on the third attempt opened the scoring victories in the series against Washington for the Stanley Cup finals. Stamkos passed back to Hedman at the blue line on that play in the second period.

Stanley Cup playoffs: Lightning get first win vs. Capitals
Stanley Cup playoffs: Lightning get first win vs. Capitals

For the first half of the season, Stamkos and had made a compelling argument that the Hart Trophy should be shared this year.

With a.919 save percentage and 29.2 saves per game, Andrei Vasilevskiy (53-25-3) has been the primary option in goal for Tampa Bay this season.

But as the year wore on and the Lightning qualified for the playoffs with nearly a month remaining in the season, Stamkos' production began to fade.

Backstrom had 21 goals and 50 assists in the regular season and has three goals and 10 assists in 11 playoff games.

It wasn't an issue, of course, because the team cruised past the Devils and Bruins in five games each.

But those who believe in karma are thinking he might have signed off on the Capitals' fate, especially after they lost Game 3 by a 4-2 score on Tuesday.

But a kill in overtime of Game 2 began a stretch that saw the Capitals kill 24 in a row extending into Game 3 of the second round against the Pittsburgh Penguins. "That says a lot right there". "We had a long stretch where nothing was going in and we've had a stretch here where they've scored a few goals in the first three games here". The Lightning captain has built a career on his ability to slap a moving puck. They've been shorthanded nine times in the past two games and have allowed four power-play goals. He hovered between the circles toward the Capitals' goal before receiving a feed from Kucherov. "You look at last night, (defenceman Matt) Niskanen was over there and (goaltender Braden) Holtby was set and (Stamkos) still found a way". It was the way we played.

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