The Capitals Look to Continue to Defuse the Lightning for Game 2

Alex Ovechkin against Tampa Bay
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The Washington Capitals opened the Eastern Conference Finals with a bang on Friday night.  With a 4-2 victory over the Lightning, the Capitals grabbed the quick momentum in the series.  The Capitals will look to contain the Lightning for their second meeting in Tampa.  Puck drop is at 8 pm on Sunday evening on NBCSN.


The Lightning were kept in check by the Capitals in Game 1.  The Lightning only recorded 2 shots in goal in the first period of Game 1.  Through 2 periods of play, the Lightning only had 10 shots on goal.  The Lightning finished with only 21 shots in Game 1.

Star centreman Steven Stamkos tallied a powerplay goal in the 3rd period for the Lightning, but it was not enough to bring the Lightning back from the 4-0 deficit after 2 periods of play.

The Lightning finished at the top of the Eastern Conference standings during the regular season.  They finished with 113 points, only finishing 4 points behind the Presidents Trophy winning Nashville Predators.

The Lightning are loaded with talent up front.  Nikita Kucherov is leading the way for the Lightning with 6 goals and 13 points.

The Lightning are a talented team, so they are due for a good bounce back performance.  If they plan to split with the Capitals, goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy must have an outstanding performance.


The Capitals are rolling through the playoffs and have been dominant on the road with a 6-1 road record.  They recorded 32 shots against the Lightning in Game 1.  They went 2/4 on the powerplay in Game 1.

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov each recorded 2 points in the opening game.  The Capitals top line has been very dominant in the playoffs.  Ovechkin and Kuznetsov are leading the way for the Capitals in the playoffs points race.  Ovechkin has recorded 9 goals and 17 points, and Kuznetsov has recorded 7 goals and 16 points.

The Capitals are getting key secondary scoring in these playoffs.  Lars Eller has been outstanding for the Capitals in these playoffs.  He recorded his 4th goal of the playoffs in Game 1, and has recorded 8 points.

Braden Holtby has been giving the Capitals the great goaltending they have needed.  He made 19 saves in Game 1.  He has recorded 9 wins, a 2.03 goals against average, and .925 save percentage.

Nicklas Backstrom has been absent for the last two games.  He has missed the last couple of games with an upper-body.  Here is what Barry Trotz had to say on Backstrom’s status for the Eastern Conference Finals:


By: George Foussekis

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