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

The Tampa Bay Lightning stunk up its own building the first two games of the Eastern Conference final, losing both games to the Washington Capitals. The Caps didn't let the Lightning get into a rhythm on offense and had them on their heels on defense. "He played great, and I think he liked the fact that we played a good team game and had good structure and made his life a little bit easier". Oshie, and on the power-play unit.

"They came in here, they're desperate and they played that way", said Capitals coach Barry Trotz.

Lars Eller has taken Backstrom's place centering the second line with Jakub Vrana and T.J.

The home crowd didn't seem to be the reason Tuesday - the energy level was high from the beginning and fans turned their enthusiasm back up after a second-period goal, but ultimately a 3-goal deficit only provides so much to work with.

It was Hedman who set up goals No. 1 and No. 2 on the power play, dishing passes to the most reliable trigger-men on this team, in Stamkos and Kucherov.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper was happy to see his team score first after the Capitals opened the scoring in Games 1 and 2 to take early control. He wants the Lightning to be feeling better but not too good still down 2-1.

In Game 3 against Washington, they led the way again. Part of it was Vasilevskiy, who made the big saves when he needed to, but the bigger difference was that the Lightning was not constantly putting their goalie in a position to bail them out of trouble.

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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.

Cooper was adamant ahead of Game 3 there was no need for personnel changes, saying this group is the one that got the Lightning to this far and they would be the one to reverse the team's fortunes in the series.

Heading into Thursday night, the Capitals are only 3-4 in their arena.

By the time Kuznetsov scored, Vasilevskiy had already stopped Washington star Alex Ovechkin, who had two goals and two assists in the first two games of this series, several times in the final period. It was true in the first round too, when one goal and three assists lifted the Lightning past host New Jersey in Game 3. Point is up to six goals and 14 points in 13 games during the playoffs.

Washington didn't have much of the magic they found in abundance in Tampa, although their possession numbers showed they controlled the majority of the shot share. The Capitals know first hand how unsafe it can be to squander a 2-0 lead at home, having survived being in the Lightning's position in the opening round when they dropped the first two games to the Columbus Blue Jackets only to win three straight road games en route to a 4-2 series win.

"Power play make everything".

"We've thought about different things, but for me and our staff, we don't feel it's a personnel issue with how things are going", he said. "Not good enough for power play, but we will be better for sure".

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