Cancer Patient to Attend Capitals vs. Lightning Game 3 in Between Treatments

Cancer Patient to Attend Capitals vs. Lightning Game 3 in Between Treatments

Cancer Patient to Attend Capitals vs. Lightning Game 3 in Between Treatments

Nearly nobody who saw Victor Hedman's first goal of these National Hockey League playoffs live and in person cheered or applauded or waved their towel, when the towering Tampa Bay Lightning defender one-timed the puck into a near-open net in the capital on Tuesday night.

"It was more kind of like an anger of like we want to get back - like let's get Game 3 going here", Tampa Bay's coach said.

Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Vezina nominee, had by far his best game of this series, making 36 saves. "I think that gives him some confidence, too, that he knows we're on and that's the way it should be". "Another big effort for him tonight, and you could see we all followed suit".

And as they have in other critical junctures of this postseason, the Lightning relied on their best players to rise to the occasion and rescue a series that had been firmly in their opponents' grasp. "We've got the guys that are in the playoffs for the first time, guys have been through this, and we're capable of handling that". Instead, the Lightning made the adjustments, just as Washington did in overcoming deficits in each of the first two rounds. They are seeking their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final since the 1997-98 season.

The Lightning had used the same lines throughout the playoffs and for a large portion of the regular season, particularly down the stretch.

Game on! The puck has officially dropped on Game 3. "All of a sudden, you're seeing outnumbered situations", said Daneyko, now an NHL Network analyst. Now that Tampa Bay was in charge, you could feel the knot in the players' stomachs start to loosen. You never know why it turns so drastically like that when they were so sound against the Bruins. Vasy takes a hard shot from Ovechkin. Brooks Orpik's failure to clear the puck allowed the Lightning to score on their first power play of the night.

"Very happy with the way we played from start to finish, but we can't pat ourselves on the shoulder", Hedman adds.

Almost 14 minutes into the contest, Steven Stamkos ripped a one-timer from his trademark spot in the left circle, beating Washington goalie Braden Holtby over the left shoulder to quiet the raucous crowd and put the Lightning ahead 1-0.

Nicklas Backstrom was again left out of the Capitals' lineup. This time, the Lightning prevented the momentum swings.

And Vasilevskiy looked much less tired than he did in the first two games, where he allowed 10 goals in five periods of play and never eclipsed a.850 save percentage.

Tuesday night's lackluster 4-2 loss to the Lightning only reinforced the reality that nothing is going to come easily for this star-crossed franchise. "He's being challenged to look through traffic and stay up".

The Lightning had a different look in this one, too: Stamkos - who took a shot off the leg and left the game for a bit, but came back and sported an ice cap on his knee cap post-game - played alongside Kucherov, as per usual, but with Ondrej Palat on the left wing, a shake-up from their usual trio with J.T. Miller. Washington controlled possession, often peppering Vasilevskiy with shots in spurts, while the Lightning didnt record a shot until about seven minutes had elapsed. Cooper sounded confident of a turnaround.

Now for the good news: The Capitals still have a 2-1 lead. "They were going to be excited coming back and playing in front of their fans". This is a tough one. Issues have also been caused for fans attending primetime Redskins games. But we're not done.

At 3:37, Kucherov returned the favor to Hedman.

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