Eastern Conference Finals, Game 3: Tampa Bay vs. Washington

Capitals jump out to 2-0 series lead, return home for Game 3 tonight

Capitals jump out to 2-0 series lead, return home for Game 3 tonight

Backstrom participated in the morning skate on Tuesday and before a 6-2, Game 2 win at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

For a group making their first trip to the Eastern Conference Final, the Washington Capitals look right at home. "We believe in ourselves and in this group", Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman told the team's website.

To Cooper, the issue is that "for two games, we've dried up". "We talked about this, you've got to make them chase the game". "For us to get two goals today and shut them down on the PK was big". That was a learning experience players could point to when they went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015, but right now it's just an ugly deficit.

"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.

The Lightning and Capitals played three times during the regular season with the Lightning winning two of those contests.

"We checked. That was it", said Cooper, on the differences between the first two games and Game 3. "All of a sudden, you're seeing outnumbered situations", said Daneyko, now an NHL Network analyst.

This was how it should be for Tampa Bay. "They scored, we didn't and that's on us", Kuznetsov said. Vasy takes a hard shot from Ovechkin.

The Lightning would still like to cut down on the quality chances Vasilevskiy will face in Game 4 on Thursday and beyond, like the one Brett Connolly scored on after a turnover by Ondrej Palat. "That's something we can definitely control ourselves". Nikita Kucherov blasted the puck past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby at 1:50 of the second period, reversing a trend of poor starts from the previous two games.

But Tampa restored the three-goal lead when Point somehow found a puck in a scrum in front the Washington goal and whacked it through the legs of Stephenson to beat Holtby. The Bolts suffered a gut punch in Game 1, and came back to win. Lars Eller, who replaced Backstrom on the Capitals' second line, has two goals and two assists against the Lightning.

"He's going to have to be great", said Keith Jones, a former National Hockey League forward and current NBC Sports analyst.

"He's a perennial Norris guy", Stamkos said of Hedman. But we're not done. This marks the fourth straight game he has missed. Lightning was another D.C. project Qatar could get behind.

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