NHL: Capitals take Game 1 against Bolts

NHL: Capitals take Game 1 against Bolts

NHL: Capitals take Game 1 against Bolts

It took him one game to get his first victory.

After being told that Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper had said his team needed to increase its energy level by 5% from the second round to the Eastern Conference final, Alex Ovechkin was asked how the Washington Capitals planned to respond.

"That's a pretty good recipe to win", Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said of the Capitals' play. Beagle found the loose puck to scoop up and push past Andrei Vasilevskiy. Kill seven seconds, go into the dressing room and regroup. And the Lightning never recovered.

Washington also got some favorable bounces and all the puck luck to build a 4-0 lead before 27 minutes were played.

Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat scored for Tampa Bay, which trailed 4-0 heading into the third period.

My average springtime sneeze attack takes longer than it did for this game to go from tied up to all Caps. It's a full turnover from the final four teams past year: Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Nashville and Anaheim.

Anton Stralman and Ryan McDonagh - The Lightning defence tandem was under 41% possession in a game that saw Tampa Bay playing from behind for the majority of the contest, and McDonagh was on the ice for both of Washington's power play goals. He faced 25 shots and stopped 21. Even that's a bit misleading as over half the Tampa Bay shots came when they were down 4-0 in the third.

Capitals: D John Carlson drew an assists on the first goal, tying the franchise mark for playoff points by a defenseman with 12.

Tampa reached the Eastern Conference finals for a third time in four seasons and the fourth time since 2011.

The Capitals dominated in improving to 6-1 on the road this postseason, with Kempny giving them an early 1-0 lead.

All season, the Lightning have thrived on quick feet and quicker decisions. "We were just a step behind today, and you can't do that this time of year against a quality opponent". As a result, the Lightning began to overthink. "It was one of those things where, throughout the game, I think they outplayed us in all periods", Lightning forward Alex Killorn said. The flawless shot was rarely there.

At the other end, the Lightning looked sluggish and out of sync. For much of the night, they weren't able to forecheck the Caps defenders before the puck was moved out of the Washington end. But the chance was created by Ovechkin, who shot a one-timer that deflected over to T.J. Oshie and then to Eller.

"Fans wearing visiting team-branded apparel will be asked to remove such apparel while in these areas", the team said. Burakovsky, who last played April 15, was a full participant and would seem to be a lock to make his return Game 1. "This feels like more of a team than any team I've ever been with at the National Hockey League level". Sneeze and you'll miss it.

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