On the road the Capitals were dominant. Even without Nicklas Backstrom the Capitals put on a strong and convincing performance at the Amalie Arena, outshooting and out scoring the Tampa Bay Lightning 10 goals to 4 over the first two games in the series.
As lightning storms rolled over the DC area, the Tampa Bay Lightning are in town to play games three and four at Capital One Arena. Is this storm an omen or a sign from the Hockey Gods?
These playoffs have been great for the Washington Capitals. Seemingly their ‘curse’ is broken. However, they haven’t been great for the Capitals on home ice with a record of 3-4 compared to their 7-1 on the road.
Tonight, just didn’t go their way. What depth they had in games one and two all but disappeared, with line one (8-43-92) doing most of the work and Captain Ovechkin taking 11 even strength shots, only to be denied by a somewhat rejuvenated Vasilevskiy. Evgeny Kuznetsov netting goal two for the Capitals late in the third seemed to somewhat perk the home side up but it was too little, too late.
While some fans got sceptical of the teams performance, others felt the Capitals could still do it.
Tampa Bay capitalised on Washington’s penalties. Especially those of former ‘golden boy’ Lars Eller and netted themselves two Powerplay goals with captain Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov firing the shots past Holtby.
With the Capitals lead now slashed in half, Thursday is a crucial game. Can the Capitals pull it back on home ice? Or will they be going back to Tampa with two a piece?
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