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16 May 2018, 09:16 | Charlene Valdez
With only four teams remaining in contention for the Stanley Cup here's where they stand early in the Eastern and Western Conference
The Capitals come home to Capital One Arena for Game 3 on Tuesday night sporting a 2-0 lead over a Tampa Bay Lightning team that won the most games in the National Hockey League during the regular season.
The Capitals are undefeated since Backstrom went out and are up 2-0 on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference finals.
"They know and we know both teams have pretty good special teams and if we're going to play like that, they're going to use it", Alex Ovechkin said. Thank Kucherov on the power play for that one!
Did the Lightning feel they owed their goalie one, after hanging him out to dry for 10 goals in the first two games? But Tuesday was a different story. After finishing third in the regular season (23.9 percent) behind the Pittsburgh Penguins (26.2) and Toronto Maple Leafs (25.0), they are 15-for-50 (30.0) on the power play in 13 playoff games, third behind the Boston Bruins (36.4) and Capitals (30.8).
That's a 5-5 goal with 16:04 left in the second.
The Capitals scored twice late in the second period to take a 4-2 lead, including a power-play goal by Kuznetsov with three seconds left, and cruised home. The Bolts suffered a gut punch in Game 1, and came back to win.
So far, the Stamkos we're seeing tonight - rather than the one of the previous two games - appears to be who he really is.
Per Scott Allen of the Washington Post, Wilson is traveling from her home in Rochester, New York to Washington D.C. for the game after receiving permission to travel from her doctors.
The Capitals certainly aren't panicking at 2-1, but they need to be wary of their own ugly history when winning the first two games on the road (they're 0-2 in a series where they do that). Tampa, meanwhile, improved to 4-1 away from AMALIE Arena.
Coach Barry Trotz said on Tuesday that Backstrom remains "day-to-day".
"Today was one of those games you feed pucks to Kuch and Stammer, pucks are going to go in", said Hedman. We all knew what was happening - the Capitals most of all - and they were powerless to stop it.
The Capitals cut the lead to 3-1 on a Brett Connolly goal that ignited the home crowd. Vasy takes a hard shot from Ovechkin.
Lars Eller, who replaced Backstrom on the Capitals' second line, has two goals and two assists against the Lightning.
Steven Stamkos ripped a power-play goal at 13:53 of the first period, on an assist from Victor Hedman.
We remain scoreless with nearly six minutes played in the first period. "We didn't get 113 points by playing that way. We had to check tonight and it helped it go in our favor". The Bolts trail this best-of-seven series 2-1.
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