Lightning strikes the Capitals in Game 3: 3 takeaways

17 May, 2018, 07:06 | Author: Norman Carr
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Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Vezina nominee, had by far his best game of this series, making 36 saves. Those last-second power play goals, including a buzzer-beater, aren't exactly routine, especially in back-to-back games.

When former Lightning first round draft pick Brett Connolly scored from the left dot to cut into Tampa Bay's lead at the midpoint of the second period, the home crowd, which had nearly been pleading with its team to do something positive up to that point, got back in the game in a hurry. The Lightning have been risky on the road throughout the playoffs posting a 4-1 record, while the Capitals have struggled at home losing 4 of their seven home games.

"When they go in the net, they're all nice", he said.

With Holtby pulled for an extra skater late in the third, Evgeny Kutnetzov scored at 16:58 off of T.J. Oshie's feed to narrow the deficit to two goals. The Lightning got their road game.

"Obviously [Nikita] Kuch [erov] made an unbelievable play on my goal, and I had an open net", Hedman says, wearing socks and sandals and a hoody and blue shorts and a backwards hat, sitting beside Kucherov on a post-game podium, set up on the hard court where the Wizards usually play basketball. "We just play our game".


It was about an hour before the start of Game 3 when Nikita Kucherov grabbed a ball and glove and began to play catch in the middle of a hallway with a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning's communications staff. 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. He was also on the ice, with Brooks Orpik, for two Lightning power play goals. Washington controlled possession, often peppering Vasilevskiy with shots in spurts, while the Lightning didnt record a shot until about seven minutes had elapsed.

"For us, it's all about resetting everything", defenseman Victor Hedman said Monday. The 22-year-old has now put together back-to-back multi-point efforts.

As sharp as they looked in Tampa, the Capitals were inexplicably sloppy in Game 3. He ripped it past Caps goaltender Braden Holtby.

The fourth line remained unchanged.

The Lightning were the presumptive top seed in the Eastern Conference since they came out the gates flying in the opening month of the season, but looked like anything but favorites in dropping the opening two games of the series. He wants the Lightning to be feeling better but not too good still down 2-1. It's been a heck of a run with - we really haven't changed our lineup at all in getting to this point. No matter how much credit his defensemen and forechecking forwards earned, the Lightning needed Vasilevskiy to be what he has been throughout the regular season and playoffs. "It just happened to work out tonight". And apparently some people there are so committed to pleasing their D.C. business partners that they're willing to drop 100 grand on hockey fans riding the subway.

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