Surging Capitals cruise past Lightning in Game 1

  • Surging Capitals cruise past Lightning in Game 1

Surging Capitals cruise past Lightning in Game 1

"I thought a lot of their opportunities we just handed to them, and a lot of our opportunities were stomped out just by our not sticking to our plan of what's worked".

Game 2 is Sunday night before the series shifts to Washington.

"It's huge but it's not over yet", Ovechkin said. "These first two games, that's the way we've played". "You can see all four lines doing their job". Forwards Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie, combined for six points in the frame.

The Lightning under Cooper hasn't lost the first two games of a series since 2014, when it was swept in the first round by Montreal.

This week, Connolly had a goal and assist as the Caps hold a 2-0 series lead against the Lightning.

After the Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom went down with a right hand injury in the second round, Kuznetsov has stepped up.

This team can obviously pour pucks in the net, and they had throughout the year - until now. It's very uncharacteristic of us.

"We're getting away from what has made us successful in the past", Stamkos said. "And it's cost us", Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "At the same time we've got to realize Tampa Bay is going to have some desperation in their game. We didn't win the first two rounds by playing that way", Cooper added. But we can't keep playing with fire and dropping these Game 1s, which we've done.

Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos scored on power-play goals in the first period for Tampa Bay.

Smith-Pelly's one-timer finished an odd-man rush and made it 2-2 at 2:30 of the second period.

Kuznetsov and Lars Eller each had three points, with Ovechkin plotting his ninth goal and eighth assist in the playoffs. And ill-timed penalties late in periods have led directly to Capitals power-play goals, which definitely can't continue happening if the Lightning want to make this a series. Braden Holtby stopped 33 of 35 shots to improve to 10-3 this post-season. "We haven't defended with the same urgency".

The Capitals scored twice in the final 62 seconds of the second period to gain control, and Washington beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Sunday night in Tampa, Fla., to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Ovechkin also had a goal and an assist in Washington's 4-2 victory in Game 1.

Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy made 21 saves on 25 shots across two periods before Louis Domingue replaced him for the third period and made saves on all seven shots that came in his direction.

The Amalie Arena crowd was sacked up before the game as the traditional "Lightning Kid" skating around the ice and pounding his stick in the air was 6-year-old Gabriel Lecavalier, the son of former Tampa Bay star Vincent Lecavalier.

Kempny opened the scoring just 7:28 into the game for his first goal of the postseason.

Winnipeg figured out a way to solve the red-hot Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 1, as they were up early in the first period 3-0.

Nikita Kucherov, left, and the Lightning are up against the wall down 0-2 in the series.

Point scored to tie the game at 7:08 before Stamkos converted on a power play at 10:22.