Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Caps beat Lightning in Game 1

Caps beat Lightning in Game 1

Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponents power plays.

On Ovechkin's goal, center Alex Killorn said they knew the play, but failed to execute their attempt to stop it. Killorn was supposed to block the shot.

Washington made it to the Stanley Cup Final once in 1998, when the Detriot Red Wings beat the Caps to win their second consecutive Cup.

"They're going to have some desperation in their game, and we have to have some desperation in ours", he said. It's disallowed, and the Capitals head to the power play themselves.

In the game one victory, the Washington Capitals got 32 shots compared to just 21 by the Tampa Bay Lighting, and most of those shots and the two goals came in garbage time when they were selling out in hopes of getting back into the game late. "The crowd was kind of stunned a little bit". Kill seven seconds, go into the dressing room and regroup. Immediately after that bad break for the Lightning, Alex Ovechkin scored a power play goal to make it 2-0 Washington. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 26 goals on 326 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed zero goals on seven shots.

In 1.8 seconds, it went from the brief appearance of a tied game to a two-goal lead for the Capitals.

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They had to sit there, knowing what had just happened, knowing it was an opportunity lost for them, an opportunity gained for the Capitals, knowing that the swing might have been the difference in the game, perhaps even the series.

There were questions concerning which Capitals team the Lightning would face: one suffering an emotional letdown after finally beating the Penguins to the conference final or one who would use the energy from slaying that playoff dragon to continue its quest for the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Here are the three stars of the game. "Everybody was paying the price". However, Detroit swept Washington in four games. They finished atop the Eastern Conference standings in the regular-season and get a chance to even the series on home ice on Sunday before the series moves to DC. We just didn't treat it that way. They earned their breaks. Coach Jon Cooper said both are expected to play tonight. "When you do this, you give yourself zero chance to win". But that loss was different. Not so against the Capitals.

The Lightning responded to the Game 1 loss against the Bruins in the conference semifinals by winning the next four games. "They outplayed us. They outchanced us". There's really nothing that we're going to throw at them that they're going to be surprised about.

"You don't get this far by playing scared", Stamkos says.

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