Lightning-Capitals: Can Tampa Bay produce another Game 2 bounce back?

  • Lightning-Capitals: Can Tampa Bay produce another Game 2 bounce back?

Lightning-Capitals: Can Tampa Bay produce another Game 2 bounce back?

Washington took a 4-0 lead in the first 26:42 of the game, when the Lightning had as many shots on goal as the Capitals had goals.

"We expect Tampa to have a great response", Caps coach Barry Trotz said, "and we have to be ready for it".

But the party had to end.

Backstrom traveled with the team to Tampa Bay, but is still considered day-to-day.

National Hockey League playoff action on Sunday evening and we will see the Washington Capitals grapple with the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in game two of their best-of-seven series. I think we're playing the full 200 feet that you need to play at playoff time and you're getting the goaltending you need and you're getting the commitment and you're getting the work ethic and you're getting the discipline and detail.

"I guess the positive side is we've been here before, so we've seen this".

They're contributing in various ways, including with secondary scoring and a freedom from the past playoff failures that became a burden for Capitals veterans.

"For the most part, that's the best we played through the neutral zone", said defenseman John Carlson. But after that I went down for like 30-something games and I couldn't do anything and didn't feel well. It's paid dividends for us. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with six goals, Steven Stamkos has seven assists and Brayden Point has 23 shots on goal. "But anytime you give up a goal at the end of the period, it gives momentum to the other team". Five seconds later Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin scored to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.

"It's tough, especially when there is not much time left in the period". To making amends. To giving the fans what they want. But based on how game one played out, the history between these clubs and the price, I'd be a fool to turn down the plus money. "The crowd was kind of stunned a little bit". For the past 2 seasons the Penguins have had the upper hand, even winning the Stanley Cup for 2 straight seasons, also eliminating the Capitals in the 2nd round. He missed the Capitals' series-clinching win two days later. The issues that plagued the Lightning in Game 1 of that series were corrected.

Taking the loss in game one was Andrei Vasilevskiy, who allowed four goals on 25 shot attempts to fall to 8-3 with a 2.43 GAA and a.920 save percentage in the postseason this year and 12-8 with a 2.63 GAA and a.920 save percentage in the postseason in his career.

"They're going to have some desperation in their game, and we have to have some desperation in ours", he said. "Everybody was all in, and everybody was paying the price".

The Eastern Conference Final is officially underway. We just didn't treat it that way. "I try to look for a lane and I shoot in between the legs". "They were that close to being where they are now if some breaks here and there had have gone their way". And yet, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said the team could not afford to have another bad game like this. "You can play the flawless game and still not win, but at least you give your chance to win". Now you've put pressure on yourself. It's only reasonable, therefore, to expect Tampa to come out flying in Game 2.

The Capitals are 5-1 in their last 6 Conference Finals games, 2-5 in their last 7 Sunday games and 21-7 in their last 28 overall. "We still have some young guys coming up and can show that they have skill". "And this is the result you get". They outscored us. They out-everythinged us.