Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

3 takeaways from the Capitals skating through the Lightning in Game 1

3 takeaways from the Capitals skating through the Lightning in Game 1

With intensity. With energy.

But the energy was missing, and so was the intensity.

What we do know is this: Backstrom did not skate Saturday since the Caps were off following their 4-2 win over the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. However, are we just going to ignore the fact that the Washington Capitals have won 14 of the last 19 meetings against the Lightning? Tampa had 10 shots on goal through two periods, which was the fewest through the first 40 minutes in any game this season, including the playoffs.

The penalty kill allowed two of those goals. But that goal was quickly waved off, and two seconds later, Washington had a 2-0 lead, thanks to the NHL's leading goal-scorer from the regular season. The Caps had their chance at the Stanley Cup, the theory went, but with significant offseason departures and stars like Alex Ovechkin turning another year older, the 2017-18 season could have ended in a whimper. Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat tried to spark a third period comeback, but it never really got going. Trotz's optimism that the Swedish pivot will be ready to return at some point during the Eastern Conference finals doesn't bode well for his availability for Game 2, but his status for that contest should be confirmed prior to puck drop Sunday evening. That is what happened against the Bruins, when the Lightning could not match Boston's intensity in a 6-2 loss.

"And quite frankly, it was probably one of our worst games". "But we didn't do anything to earn our breaks", Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. The puck drops at 8:00 p.m. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with six goals, Steven Stamkos has seven assists and Brayden Point has 23 shots on goal. Oshie has four power play goals this postseason, while Carlson has three. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power play opportunities.

It was a stunning turn of events. "The more you can see, and the more familiar you get with something, if you're a good player you have to take advantage of it a little more". Michal Kempny's shot from the point finds its way through traffic and the Capitals strike first 7:28 into the game. The Lightning had another push with the Tony Cirelli line on the ice, but all it produced was some pushing and shoving after the whistle by Yanni Gourde.

Ovechkin made it 2-0 a mere 5 seconds after the Lightning thought they had tied it in the closing seconds of the opening period. Brett Connolly partially fanned on shot from the right faceoff circle and Jay Beagle, stationed in front of the net, buries it past Andrei Vasilevskiy.

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